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September 22, 2015

Work Sweater Style: Professional & Ladylike

With office cultures running the gamut these days, some are still conservative with suits being the norm. And on the other side of the spectrum, you may see people walking down the hall in hoodies – if you even go to an office, anymore. Regardless of your office “norm”, there is a place in your work wardrobe for sweaters. Sleek, ribbed turtlenecks and long belted cardigans – both inspired by the big ‘70’s trends – make for great office options that can work in very professional environments and casual ones alike. Beautiful cashmeres and lightweight wools will keep you warm without being bulky or too heavy in unpredictable office climates. The colors of the season are just right for work, too – rich burgundy, dusty shades of pinks and purples, olive green, and golden yellow all coordinate with the classic colors of black, grey, and navy often worn at the office.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our favorite sweaters for a night out, and Thursday for those cozy, casual sweaters you’ll just live in on the weekends. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/4114309215332.jsp#/
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/4114309215332.jsp#/
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Angel of the North - Speckled Cardi
Speckled Cardi
Angel of the North
Sold by: Anthropologie

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We love how stylishly this sweater replaces a blazer for the office. The folded neckline replaces a traditional suit lapel and the amazing leather wrap belt (that comes with it!) cinches it for a polished look over a sheath dress, with trousers, or a pencil skirt. The black and white mix goes with everything, so you can keep it conservative with all black, or add a pop of any color. For a Casual Friday, this modern-fitting piece from Anthropologie is cute over a white button down with flare jeans. A plaid shirt underneath is a great way to mix some pattern with it, especially as we head deeper into the season.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-finale-a-line-twirl-dress-regular-petite/4022751 Nic+Zoe - Finale A-Line Twirl Dress
Nic+Zoe - Finale A-Line Twirl Dress
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Nic+Zoe - Finale A-Line Twirl Dress
Finale A-Line Twirl Dress
Nic+Zoe
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Like the featured item, this is another black and white mix - this version is an amazing sweater dress from Nic+Zoe. The cotton-blended fabric has stretch and a nice weight to it that, combined with the cable knit detail down the center and strategically placed color blocking, all add up to one flattering and stylish dress. Adding black tights and heels or boots is a cinch, and you can even pop in some color with a solid scarf (though we think it’s great as is). In an easy, modern fit, XS-XL and even Petite, no one needs to worry about alterations. This is one of those simple go-to dresses that will make your mornings so much easier. And you can wear it straight out to dinner, too.
http://www.revolveclothing.com/shae-masha-sweater-in-black-trim-combo/dp/SHAE-WK64/ Shae - Masha Sweater
Shae - Masha Sweater
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Shae - Masha Sweater
Masha Sweater
Shae
Sold by: Revolve Clothing

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What can we say, mixing black and white is always office appropriate, and this season, we’ve found some amazing knit options that bring them together beautifully. Here, Shae uses a mix of houndstooth patterns in a simple crewneck style that can be worn on its own or under a blazer. And that’s one of our favorite parts about it – the contemporary fit and rayon fabric give it the right versatility for layering. The pattern and color combination make it is easy to wear under a black blazer and with any black bottoms. It’s a perfect option with all the deep jewel tones of the season, too.
http://www.vince.com/colorblock-cashmere-cardigan/invt/vnv285076114&color=Camel%20Blue%20Marin Vince - Colorblock Cashmere Cardigan
Vince - Colorblock Cashmere Cardigan
This color combination is just gorgeous, yet so sophisticated for the office. Pair it with navy or flannel grey straight leg trousers and a white button down shirt. It’s really chic over a simple sheath dress, with a slim belt and just the first few buttons closed, too. Vince is known for their sweaters, and this is just one of our favorites this season. Their modern aesthetic transcends seasonal fashion, so once you invest in one of their sweaters, you know you will reach for it again next year, too. And the quality holds up just as well – this 100% cashmere is no exception. Like most Vince pieces, the fit is relaxed, so size down if you are between sizes (it’s available in XXS-XL).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sea-cable-knit-turtleneck-sweater/4133409 Sea - Cable Knit Turtleneck Sweater
Sea - Cable Knit Turtleneck Sweater
This is a really special sweater, and something you will not see around. Layering a woven shirt under a sweater brings an instantly tailored element to your look for the office, and we’re showing you a few options here that do the layering work for you. Sea has the most unique take on this trend though that really knocks our socks off. The cotton poplin shirting inset is along the sides, creating an a-line shape that is just ridiculously chic. It doesn’t add too much volume, though, so even petite ladies look great in this sweater. The panels have buttons so you can unbutton the bottom button to make it casual, but it’s great as is. Whether you choose black skinny trousers, camel or grey wide leg ones, or a great pair of skinny jeans, we wish you luck getting through any meeting without having to talk about your sweater with someone first.
http://www.joie.com/joie/sweaters/frene-sweater-dark-heather-grey-charcoal Joie - Frene Twofer Sweater
Joie - Frene Twofer Sweater
There are a lot of things to love about Joie’s “twofer” sweater. Besides the convenience of a having the decision of what shirt to layer under what sweater done for you, you get the benefit of a smooth fit – no actual shirt bunching up under your sweater adding excess bulk or discomfort. And you get the added perk of a little hip and behind coverage from the shirttail hem. You can unbutton the button in the shirt portion for a casual look with jeans. Or keep it buttoned and just pair it with any of our favorite work trousers. The versatile charcoal color and modern, Joie fit goes with everything. Lafayette 148 New York offers a black and white combination that has a separate shell so you can mix-and-match to your heart’s content.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446880870 Brochu Walker - Looker Layered Waffle-Stitch Dress
Brochu Walker - Looker Layered Waffle-Stitch Dress
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Brochu Walker - Looker Layered Waffle-Stitch Dress
Looker Layered Waffle-Stitch Dress
Brochu Walker
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Instead of a layered sweater, simplify it even further by going for Brochu Walker’s layered sweater dress. Add tights and boots....done. It doesn’t get easier than that. And you’ll still look professional and stylish. On most ladies, this hits pretty close to the knee in the front and just at/below in the back, so you will have plenty of coverage. The shirttail detail is such an interesting touch, taking a simple waffle stitch sweater dress up from a basic. And the shirt accents – at the collar, cuff, and hem, are all made of a beautiful silk fabric so they are light and flowy, perfect for the hem of a dress. The fluidity balances the fabulous quality of the sweater’s wool and cashmere. The modern fit is meant to loosely skim the body. It such a winning style, they even offer it in a sweater.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=63184596 Club Monaco - Cherilyn Tweed Jacket
Club Monaco - Cherilyn Tweed Jacket
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Club Monaco - Cherilyn Tweed Jacket
Cherilyn Tweed Jacket
Club Monaco
Sold by: Club Monaco

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Instead of a traditional stretch wool, Club Monaco takes the best of collarless blazer style and interprets it in a wool/cotton sweater material for a stylish alternative to your basic work jackets. For now, it can also be a nice outerwear option – that you can keep on over your button down shirt or a simple knit top once you get to the office. The rounded neckline makes it easy to add of pop of color and pattern with a scarf that can be wrapped easily around your neck without having to worry about collar interference. Since the length is shorter than a traditional jacket, hitting between the waist and hip on most ladies, it looks great with wide leg trousers or a skirt. Club Monaco’s fit is contemporary, but this style is not meant to be fitted, so the fit is a bit easier.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=66436826 Club Monaco - Loraie Knit Pencil Skirt
Club Monaco - Loraie Knit Pencil Skirt
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Club Monaco - Loraie Knit Pencil Skirt
Loraie Knit Pencil Skirt
Club Monaco
Sold by: Club Monaco

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A sweater skirt can be a girl’s best friend in the winter. You basically get the comfort of leggings with the polish of a skirt. And for a long day at the office, there’s not much to dislike there. You don’t want the fabric to be too thick (that could get hot or just bulky looking) and it should have nice stretch to it, so it doesn’t stretch out over the course of the day. A wide waistband that has seams to cleverly break up the hip and lower belly area wouldn’t hurt, either. Check, check, and check. Thanks, Club Monaco. There are a lot of ways to wear this simple pull-on style, so you’ll get plenty of use out of it. Pair it with an easy, slouchy sweater in any color and a great pair of ankle or knee-high boots. You can even wear a button down and a blazer with tights for a more polished alternative. Play with color or keep it sophisticated by pairing it with camel, cognac brown, or simple black. You can’t go wrong.
http://www.vince.com/skinny-rib-long-sleeve-bolero/invt/vnv286576170 Vince - Skinny Rib Long Sleeve Bolero
Vince - Skinny Rib Long Sleeve Bolero
A true must-have, this Vince sweater is the perfect slim layer over a dress, tailored blouse with a skirt or trousers, or a simple trim tee (or turtleneck) and jeans. It’s not easy to find a cardigan that’s the right shorter length for a dress and this is it. It is so soft and so flattering in its simplicity. Unlike most Vince styles, it’s a trimmer fit, so you don’t need to size down. It’s available in XS-XL, so if your size is sold out at Vince through the ‘shop it’ button, try Nordstrom or Shopbop.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-tolleree-short-sleeve-cashmere-pullover/4066283 Theory - Tolleree Short Sleeve Cashmere Pullover
Theory - Tolleree Short Sleeve Cashmere Pullover
A simple cashmere short sleeve sweater is the easy answer under any suit or blazer, especially if you work in a conservative office or are heading to an important meeting. Theory’s cashmere is soft and thin, so you won’t overheat (but it’s not sheer, so you don’t need to worry about that). You can tuck it in if you need to, but its rolled hem can easily be worn untucked, too. It comes in all the necessary staple colors to get you through the season from black to grey to camel and more – click through the ‘shop it’ button to check them all out. Invest in this and you’ll be able to wear it for seasons to come.
 

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