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June 16, 2015

Blue: Work Ready and Always In Style

Incorporating color into your work wardrobe can be uplifting for some, and a little scary for others – especially if you work in a conservative office environment. But blue is a color that is appropriate in every work situation. From bold blue reminiscent of the ocean (and if we have to be at work, a little hint of the beach never hurt) to calming pale blue and classic medium blues, there is a blue for everyone. And they pair wonderfully with neutrals like grey, stone, and white but can also be punched up with color and pattern. So, let’s dive into our top picks for the season.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our after 5 favorites and Thursday our top picks for casual days. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Funnel-Neck-Striped-Jacket-Scoop-Neck-Cotton-Knit-Shell-Long-Punto-Milano-Pencil-Skirt/prod181250033_cat53520739__/p.prod
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There are 3 components to this Lafayette 148 New York, and sure they all include this week’s blue color story, but most importantly they are all timeless pieces that you can wear for work, together and with other pieces already in your wardrobe. The navy shell is a work staple, perfect under any cardigan or blazer in a cotton knit that has a polished finish so it’s nicer than a basic tank. The navy pencil skirt is simple as can be, with a pull-on elastic waist and a truly high-end fabric that resists wrinkle, so it’s great for a long day at the office. It will look great with any button down shirt or sweater, in any solid color or stylish pattern. And, of course, the outfit maker is this striped jacket that looks great with trousers or over a sheath dress, too. Perfect for Summer at the office, especially on sale, it’s lightweight with a single closure and short sleeves so you’ll be comfortable and still completely professional looking. (If your size is sold out, try Lafayette's website.) Lafayette’s modern fit and timeless style ensures you’ll be able to wear these pieces for seasons to come, mixing the skirt or shell with any color.
http://www.vince.com/linen-cotton-blazer/invt/vnv269490715&color=Blue Vince - Linen Cotton Blazer
Vince - Linen Cotton Blazer
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Vince’s linen and cotton blazer is so versatile, it’s a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe – no matter your age or profession, just like many of Vince’s modern pieces. On the casual side, the textured mix of navy and white in this jacket lets it pair easily with jeans (dark wash or white, in your favorite silhouette) linen pants, or stylish joggers, along with a simple tank top and a great statement necklace. For a more conservative day, simple neutral trousers (navy, white, or black) and a button-down will compliment the stand up notched collar. This is a somewhat trimmer fit than Vince’s knit pieces, but still easy and modern – go with your normal size.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/suiting/PRDOVR~C4551/C4551.jsp J.Crew - Patch-pocket Sheath Dress
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A dress is the simplest way to get out the door quickly and still feel pulled together. And J.Crew’s dress is in a lovely linen that is so right for the summertime weather. While it comes in some easy neutrals, the blue has a chambray denim look to it, giving the work ready silhouette a stylish twist. The hip pockets actually help minimize the hips by breaking up the clean lines of the dress, while the deep navy piping down the center and along the edges also draw the eye in for a really flattering shape. This dress is even lined, which always helps keep things smooth. Navy shoes certainly work, as does nude, but don’t be afraid to play with some pattern and color, too.
http://www.equipmentfr.com/shop/shirts/sleeveless/colleen-bright-white-multi-kaleidoscope-print Equipment - Colleen Shirt
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Equipment is known for their luxe silk button down shirts in beautiful colors and prints with an easy, modern fit. This new pattern combines blue and black for an ideal combination that will instantly pop any of your neutral work basics, especially a black or white suit. And it might not be the first thing to come to mind, but it also looks great with a vibrant accent, like a deep pink pencil skirt or yellow cardigan. Equipment’s site offers free shipping and returns, but we suspect you’ll only benefit from the shipping – this one’s a keeper.
https://ayr.com/products/the-easy-shirt-in-poplin?color=deep%20marine AYR - The Easy Shirt
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A simple button down is a wardrobe workhorse, and AYR’s update in a longer, looser fit takes this timeless silhouette to a whole new level. The deep navy gives it utter sophistication and endless versatility to work with any neutral, bold color, or printed pants. It pairs perfectly with cropped slim pants, like these seersuckers, or jeans. AYR, a new line we’ve been talking about this year, is all about All Year Round timeless style, just like this top.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446807624 Theory - Jalyis Chambray Belted Shirtdress
Theory - Jalyis Chambray Belted Shirtdress
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Theory - Jalyis Chambray Belted Shirtdress
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We’ve mentioned the ease of a dress, and the necessity of a good button down. So, what can be better than the combination of the two? Once we layed our eyes on Theory’s shirtdress, we found the answer. Since they have become a fashion darling again this season, it’s perfect timing, especially in this pretty pale chambray blue. Unlike many shirtdresses, Theory’s version has more shape than most. It’s not just a longer version of a shirt, it has a pleated skirt that defines the waist and flatters the hips without any unwanted cling. It comes with an adjustable self belt, but we always like to change it out – a neutral black or brown is great, but for Summer, one that reverses to white or pastel looks so fresh. Don’t worry about matching your shoes. For ex., a pale pink belt and nude pumps absolutely work. For an easier, modern fit, Hugo Boss’ shirtdress is just as office-right.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-lorelei-two-print-cotton-silk-blouse/3998745 Diane von Furstenberg - Lorelei Two Print Cotton & Silk Blouse
Diane von Furstenberg - Lorelei Two Print Cotton & Silk Blouse
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Diane von Furstenberg - Lorelei Two Print Cotton & Silk Blouse
Lorelei Two Print Cotton & Silk Blouse
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Oh, are we in love with the Diane von Furstenberg blouse. The deep blue ground and white pattern reminds us of a perfect Summer night sky. The cotton fabric has a touch of silk so it is as soft and luxurious as can be. And, of course, since it’s from DVF, it has feminine details like a longer hemline and soft pleats in the back that are just the right finishing touches. Whether you wear it with a crisp white suit, a complimentary pencil skirt, or jeans, you will get endless use out of this blouse. It looks great on its own or under a blazer. While we recommend sizing up for DVF wrap dresses, go with your normal size here.
http://www.dvf.com/dvf-lottie-cotton-shift-dress/D916501M15.html Diane von Furstenberg - Lottie Cotton Shift Dress
Diane von Furstenberg - Lottie Cotton Shift Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Lottie Cotton Shift Dress
Lottie Cotton Shift Dress
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Another from Diane von Furstenberg – we can’t help it, she’s got some gorgeous shades of blues this season – this shift dress is fabulous for an afternoon function, cocktails…and yes, the office for many of us. Unless you work in a very conservative workplace, the high neckline and clean lines of this dress are great for the office. (And the sale price ensures you can buy it without guilt.) It is a shorter length, but unlike the model, we find it comes to just a few inches above the knee on most ladies. The cotton fabric has a textured finish and nice weight to it that works with the shape to skim the body in a true to size fit (sizing up is not necessary, as we recommend with the wrap dresses). A kitten heel or simple pair of ballet flats look great with the mod styling, though a strappy metallic heel is great for the weekend or a night out.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Yarine-Sleeveless-Chambray-Top/prod177470236/p.prod Theory - Yarine Sleeveless Chambray Top
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The linen fabric of this Theory tunic top has a nubby texture that elevates the chambray fabric to a work ready top that looks great with white, as well as navy or a great print. Just like a good pair of jeans, there’s really not much it won’t go with, so you’ll get a lot of use of it. Theory’s contemporary fit ensures the armholes won’t be oversized so you can wear this on its own or under a cardigan/blazer.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-melanie-pointy-toe-pump-women/3937834 kate spade new york - Melanie Pointy Toe Pump
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Kitten heels are all the rage again according to the fashion powers-that-be, but a great looking pair can still be hard to find. Kate spade new york’s navy printed leather is simply elegant. They are very “in” now, but there is simply no disputing the classic look that will never go out of style. With trousers, skirts, or dresses, you will won't go wrong with these for the office. And you’ll actually be comfortable walking in these heels…now that something, isn’t it? If your size is already sold out at Nordstrom through the 'shop it' button, try Shopbop.
http://www.shopbop.com/belanger-flats-jeffrey-campbell/vp/v=1/1551180708.htm Jeffrey Campbell - Belanger Suede Flats
Jeffrey Campbell - Belanger Suede Flats
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Suede is so popular this Summer, providing rich texture and offhanded confidence in your look. You can start wearing this pointy-toe loafer now and continue well in to the Fall season. This Jeffrey Campbell style is a fabulous interpretation of a couple key designer shoes out there right now (Nicholas Kirkwood & Jimmy Choo), at a fraction of the price. And the quality is quite good, so you won’t sacrifice comfort. The navy is a rich shade that looks great with all your neutral workwear, and denim alike. (They come in grey and tan through the ‘shop it’ button, as well.)
 

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