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August 11, 2015

Military Style: The Work Edit That’s Every Bit a Lady

This week’s “ Clothes & Conversation” is all about the military trend. And that is a style story we love for work, in its clean lines and polished details. The serious colors of olive, khaki, and deep blue are work-right in any office environment, and we love pairing the masculine influences of this trend with feminine silhouettes and colors to create an ideal balance of power and sophistication.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our some of our top finds for a night out, and Thursday for casual picks, all inspired by the military trend of the season. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
https://www.shopbop.com/lightweight-wool-dress-marc-by/vp/v=1/1560884258.htm
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Marc by Marc Jacobs - Lightweight Wool Dress
Lightweight Wool Dress
Marc by Marc Jacobs
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Celtic warriors started wearing kilts as far back as the 16th century, and the inspiration can be seen in the strap buckles of this seasonless wool Marc by Marc Jacobs dress. The fit is contemporary, but its not fitted, in a stylishly easy shape that is the perfect combination of dress and menswear-inspired vest. The neckline and armholes are closed up enough to make it easy to wear for work on it’s own, and we love it for Fall with a black turtleneck and high boots or a crisp white button down and simple black pumps (and black tights for both looks). Note: This will hit a little past mid-thigh to just above knee on most women – not quite as short as it is on this model.
http://www.zappos.com/rebecca-minkoff-tmz-pants Rebecca Minkoff - TMZ Pants
Rebecca Minkoff - TMZ Pants
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Rebecca Minkoff - TMZ Pants
TMZ Pants
Rebecca Minkoff
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Hello, Sailor (Pants). These Rebecca Minkoff pants are just amazing. They keep selling out everywhere, so try Shopbop, too, if your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button. The higher rise and contemporary fit are seriously flattering, with a subtle seam detail just on the sides of the hips to perfectly break up the hip line. And the buttons. Oh, the buttons. The rounded gold buttons are not high-shine, so they have a sophisticated look and create a slimming look- even for ladies who think there bellies are their problem spot. Tuck in a button down of any color or pattern. They look great with a white or chambray shirt and a camel or olive blazer. Heels, as shown, add a feminine finish, while loafers and oxfords play up the boyish appeal. Either way, these pants look great hitting just above the ankle – and any local tailor can easily shorten them.
https://www.shopbop.com/captain-double-breasted-jacket-veronica/vp/v=1/1505407163.htm Veronica Beard - Captain Double Breasted Jacket
Veronica Beard - Captain Double Breasted Jacket
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Veronica Beard - Captain Double Breasted Jacket
Captain Double Breasted Jacket
Veronica Beard
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You may remember us talking about our love of Veronica Beard (the modern-fitting line was started a few years ago by two women focused on versatile, wearable key pieces for a woman on-the-go) and their most iconic piece – the dickey jacket. The double-breasted styling of this one is military inspiration perfection. They transform a silhouette that can be bulky and dated to one that is ladylike and oh-so-modern. The shape is seriously slimming, showing off a woman’s waist by creating a v-shape with the button detail –only the bottom set of buttons actually closing. This is a timeless jacket, and like all the dickey jackets, the striped hoody dickey zips out seamlessly so you can wear the jacket on a more formal workday with trousers. Add the striped hoodie back in for a more casual day or a great weekend look, with jeans. (And you can mix-and-match any other dickey from the line.) It comes in sizes 0-12, in a modern fit that just skims the body without being too fitted. If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Neiman Marcus carries it, too.
https://www.shopbop.com/ribbed-turtleneck-sweater-525-america/vp/v=1/1597608292.htm 525 America - Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater
525 America - Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater
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525 America - Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater
Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater
525 America
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As we mentioned in Clothes & Conversation, turtlenecks first came about in the late 1800’s as an undergarment for college athletes and military men. 525 America’s turtleneck is one of our favorites for the season. The modern fit isn’t small, but the ribbed knit gives it a slim silhouette that looks great on its own (the fabric is thick enough) or layered under a blazer or easy cardigan. It comes in universally easy black, and this perfect shade of grey that really shows off the ribbing. For the office, this style looks polished and professional with trousers and skirts, alike – the grey is especially luxe looking when it’s paired with a camel bottom and cognac colored shoes, though black or a deep jewel tones will look just as lovely. (And for a night out, we can’t help but mention how great it looks with a pair of rich brown coated skinny jeans.) 
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/sweaters/PRDOVR~E1277/E1277.jsp J.Crew - Tippi Sweater
J.Crew - Tippi Sweater
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J.Crew - Tippi Sweater
Tippi Sweater
J.Crew
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J. Crew’s lightweight wool sweater comes in a large array of colors, including this fresh parsley green. The relaxed shape, in XXXS-XXL can truly work on any figure, which is one of the reasons we love J.Crew. While it’s easy to envision how to wear this sweater casually, with jeans or your favorite cotton pants, the loose fit is stylish with a pencil skirt or trousers when you just tuck in a bit of the sweater in the front for a a polished finish. (For a more tailored look, you can size down.) It also looks great layered over a button down shirt – the neckline is just wide enough and won’t look sloppy.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-cruzio-ribbed-top/4021470 Theory - Cruzio Ribbed Top
Theory - Cruzio Ribbed Top
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Theory - Cruzio Ribbed Top
Cruzio Ribbed Top
Theory
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This is no ordinary turtleneck. Theory has taken it up a serious notch in the luxury department, with a soft Italian stretch fabric and standup neckline. It’s not quite a turtleneck, but it creates the same look, so it’s perfect for ladies who don’t like that tight feeling around their necks. The elbow length sleeve and contemporary fit is perfect to layer under a blazer or cardigan and wear on it’s own when it’s still not too cold. Note: The picture we’re showing you is a truer color depiction of the color than the one on Nordstrom’s website, which is a bit lighter. The real color is deeper, and really flattering for most skin tones.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446829099 BCBGMAXAZRIA - Caryn Oversized Wrap Vest
BCBGMAXAZRIA - Caryn Oversized Wrap Vest
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BCBGMAXAZRIA - Caryn Oversized Wrap Vest
Caryn Oversized Wrap Vest
BCBGMAXAZRIA
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BCBGMAXAZRIA’s crisp silhouette looks structured, but is made of a beautifully weighty stretch crepe that is not only seasonless but very polished looking for the office – especially once you layer it over a slim black turtleneck (sleeveless or a sleeve of any length) or crisp white button down shirt. It’s shown with leggings and heels, which works, but for the office, wear it with slim black ponte pants and a menswear inspired pair of shoes or booties.
https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-shoes/products/womens-modern-loafer-olive Everlane - The Modern Loafer
Everlane - The Modern Loafer
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Everlane - The Modern Loafer
The Modern Loafer
Everlane
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You may recognize these loafers, as we talked about the burgundy version a couple weeks ago. We love it so much, that we were excited to have another reason to talk about it – and that reason is the gorgeous olive version. The quality and styling of this Everlane loafer is as good as many of the luxury brands out there…at a fraction of the price. They break in beautifully, and have a tailored look that gives your jeans a polished finish on a casual work day, but are an easy match to any trouser shape or even a skirt or dress with tights this season. And yes, you can absolutely wear black tights with these shoes – in fact, an all black look is really chic when you finish them with these olive shoes. If you are between sizes, we suggest sizing down, especially if you have a narrow foot.
https://www.shopbop.com/large-isabella-tote-annabel-ingall/vp/v=1/1526520059.htm Annabell Ingall - Large Isabella Tote
Annabell Ingall - Large Isabella Tote
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Annabell Ingall - Large Isabella Tote
Large Isabella Tote
Annabell Ingall
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One of our favorite things about an army green tote is it's versatility. It matches black as easily as it does camel, gray, navy, or almost any pop of color. So no matter what color coat you are wearing to the office, this roomy tote will look great. And the straps fit on your shoulder, even with a jacket.The interior has a couple of smaller pockets for the essentials, like your phone and train pass. It is unlined, giving it a really pretty slouchy finish that is still big enough to put your files or smaller computer in.
 

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