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September 15, 2015

What to Wear Next: Fall’s 10 Work Must-Haves

Many of us spend more time at work than anywhere else. And the cold, hard truth is that this is where we can be judged the most. Feeling confident about how you look is known to help you feel confident in all areas of your life. So, this week, we’re here to help in that regard. Some fresh Fall updates will make you feel modern and updated, ready to tackle the day. We talked about some of the big fashion influences of the season in this week’s “ Clothes & Conversation” . And we’re applying that to your work attire here. Having a finely edited closet will even help you get out the door quickly in the morning…a few extra minutes of sleep is always welcome, isn’t it?
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our edited picks of 10 night out must-have for the season. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-ruffle-hem-tie-neck-blouse/3767108
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-ruffle-hem-tie-neck-blouse/3767108
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Vince Camuto - Ruffle Hem Tie Neck Blouse
Ruffle Hem Tie Neck Blouse
Vince Camuto
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1. The Inspired Blouse. “Secretary” blouses are a pretty revived trend that brings interest to our basic work tops. Vince Camuto’s version not only has the required neck tie, it has a subtle ruffle hem so it’s still polished when left untucked and poking out from under your blazer or trim cardigan. The fit is relaxed, so size down if you don’t want too much volume. This interpretation is one of our favorites for anyone to try this trend, since the neckline is open and the tie can be done loosely at the chest or left open for the look of a silky scarf. FRAME and Theory have somewhat trimmer-fitting contemporary versions that button all the way up to the neck for a true throwback feel. Even Rachel Pally has a beautifully weighty knit version in an easy fit if you’re try to avoid the dry cleaners. Whatever your choice, this is the blouse update that will have you looking professional and modern, whether you pair if with a skirt or trousers.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydjnoelle-stretch-plaid-ankle-pants-regular-petite/4067483 NYDJ - Noelle Stretch Plaid Ankle Pants
NYDJ - Noelle Stretch Plaid Ankle Pants
2. The New Shape of Pants. Women’s work trousers are either going longer with a fluid leg or flare; or, they are going cropped with some menswear inspiration. These NYDJ’s exemplify the latter to perfection. Done in a very subtle charcoal grey glen plaid, they have wonderful proportions with a rise that sits at the belly button and a slimmer leg that hits just above the ankle. (It comes in Petite, too, so alterations are kept to a minimum.) As with all NYDJ products, it’s made with their exclusive lift-tuck technology, to keep your tummy flat and your behind in the right place. The color and pattern is easy to wear with your favorite black blazer and works with a sweater or cardigan just as effortlessly. Keep up the menswear inspiration with a pair of loafers or give them a feminine counterbalance with your favorite pumps.
https://www.shopbop.com/madelaine-pullover-apc/vp/v=1/1507929834.htm A.P.C. - Madelaine Pullover
A.P.C. - Madelaine Pullover
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A.P.C. - Madelaine Pullover
Madelaine Pullover
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3. The Fresh Look of Sweaters. Turtlenecks are the absolute freshest shape this season, and this A.P.C. sweater is one of those staples you will be so thankful to have in your closet. Sure, it looks like just a basic sweater…and that’s the beauty of it. The 100% merino wool is super soft and not too heavy, so it will be easy to wear once the heat kicks in at the office. It has a stylish ribbing weave, but the shape is loose and relaxed in it’s contemporary fit, as opposed to many of the more fitted ribbed turtlenecks out there this season. It creates a stylishly conservative look when you pair it with your favorite pencil skirt. On the weekends or a Casual Friday, it gives off that effortless look we all strive for with a great pair of jeans. This one will not disappoint and will become your go-to throughout the season.
https://www.shopbop.com/light-weight-denim-shirt-tibi/vp/v=1/1525367304.htm Tibi - Lightweight Denim Shirt
Tibi - Lightweight Denim Shirt
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Tibi - Lightweight Denim Shirt
Lightweight Denim Shirt
Tibi
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4. Denim Reinterpreted. Last week was all about denim. And it’s an essential fabric this season, which can be office right even if you don’t wear jeans there. This Tibi shirt takes denim to a new level. Instead of a traditional button down, pair this top with your favorite wool trousers – black, charcoal, camel all look fabulous – for a stylish work update. The side tie (which can be removed for a more relaxed look on the weekends or to wear it cleanly under a blazer) cinches the tunic style to give it polish. And the hem, which is longer in the back, helps stylishly conceal your behind. We are hooked. This one is going fast, so if your size is already sold out at Shopbop through the ‘shop it’ button, try Tibi’s own website. (The picture there doesn’t do it justice, but it is the same top. They offer free returns and easy returns with a pre-paid label.)
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4130340386805.jsp#/ Maeve - Cabled Colorblock Dress
Maeve - Cabled Colorblock Dress
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Maeve - Cabled Colorblock Dress
Cabled Colorblock Dress
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5. Pop of Pattern. Colorblocking is a perfect way to bring some pattern to the work place in an ever-appropriate way. Anthropologie’s Maeve dress uses one of our favorite neutrals of the season – camel – for just the right pop of classic color, especially with its cable knit texture. This dress is made of a sweater knit so it has nice drape to it, and comes in Petite too, making it an easy modern fit for every lady. The skirt is a deep navy, giving you a few options to complete your outfit. For now, add nude pumps and you’re all set. As the weather cools, layer an ivory or navy turtleneck and cognac knee high boots –so chic and professionally mod. Alternatively, play up the continuation of color blocking by adding black to the outfit with a black turtleneck and tights.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/skirts/PRDOVR~C9649/C9649.jsp J.Crew - No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Donegal Wool
J.Crew - No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Donegal Wool
6. Fall’s Color. Color for the season is deep and jewel toned, but also smoky and ‘70’s inspired. Get them both with this J.Crew skirt. We are always fans of their pencil skirts – in 000-16, Petite and Tall, the modern fit hugs a woman’s curves in just the right way. It’s always important that a pencil style is trim down the leg – that’s what gives it such a slimming look that just exudes confidence. And J.Crew gets it right. The Donegal wool is really pretty, whether you go with the deep jeweled green we’re highlighting here, the dusty pink, or classic charcoal/black (all through the ‘shop it’ button). The speckled look of the wool makes it easy to add some color to any of your neutral tops and sweaters and still wear black tights in the Winter. They also offer a basic wool in some amazing new color – you may need more than one.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sweaters/cardigans/PRD~E3992/E3992.jsp J.Crew - V-neck Cardigan Sweater with Embellished Pocket
J.Crew - V-neck Cardigan Sweater with Embellished Pocket
7. Fringe, Fur, Feathers & Jewels. We know a little dazzle may not be appropriate if you work in a very conservative office, but for the rest of us, the small touch of embellishment on the pockets of J.Crew’s otherwise classic cardigan is a great way to bring this trend to work. In simple heather grey (though it also comes in a feminine soft blush through the ‘shop it’ button), wear it with black trousers or a skirt and a basic black or white tank or button down underneath to keep the rest of the outfit clean and simple. It’s also a really pretty way to bring a touch of style to an unassuming sheath dress. If you want to step it up a notch, the jeweling around the neckline of this version means you can skip the jewelry- that will get you ready for work a little quicker. Both styles are perfect for the days you’re heading straight out to dinner or drinks after work.
https://www.shopbop.com/contigo-tote-monserat-lucca/vp/v=1/1565267666.htm Monserat De Lucca - Contigo Tote
Monserat De Lucca - Contigo Tote
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Monserat De Lucca - Contigo Tote
Contigo Tote
Monserat De Lucca
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8. The Slouchy Bag Renewal. This season, bags are either soft and slouchy or tailored and ladylike. This Monserat De Lucca bag exemplifies the former in an oh-so-soft and easy, open tote shape that will hold all your work necessities. The rich burgundy color really shows off the supple suede, though it comes in practical black, too. It is unlined to play up the unstructured look, but it’s still sturdy and has an interior zip pocket for keys and those smaller things that can get lost at the bottom of your bag.
https://www.shopbop.com/regent-oxfords-michael-kors/vp/v=1/1567090502.htm MICHAEL Michael Kors - Regent Oxfords
MICHAEL Michael Kors - Regent Oxfords
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Regent Oxfords
Regent Oxfords
MICHAEL Michael Kors
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9. The Shoe Update. Menswear inspiration is still full speed ahead this season, and these Michael Kors oxfords are one of our favorite ways to do it. The brogue detail (that’s the perforated pattern) give them interest and break up the lines, so any shoe size still looks feminine. The best thing about this style – aside from the obvious comfort that we’ll also get to borrow from the boys – is how versatile it is. They are great with wide leg trousers, as well as cropped ones (show off some sock style or go with bare ankles). They are also so stylish with tights and a dress or skirt. On a Casual Friday, they add work-right polish to straight leg or skinny jeans. If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button (it comes in 5-10), try Michael Kors’ website where you’ll also get free shipping and returns.
https://www.shopbop.com/arrow-houndstooth-scarf-standard-form/vp/v=1/1551603589.htm Standard Form - Arrow Houndstooth Scarf
Standard Form - Arrow Houndstooth Scarf
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Standard Form - Arrow Houndstooth Scarf
Arrow Houndstooth Scarf
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10. It’s All in the Details. The large, over-sized shape and wool/cashmere blend will make you feel instantly cozy, while the sophisticated houndstooth pattern makes it the perfect layer for the office. In the Fall, you can wear it casually draped over your blouse or over your blazer for a stylish addition. Once that true cold weather hits, wrap this around you as you brave your commute – the neutral colors and professional appeal will have you work-ready the minute you walk in to any appointment.
 

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