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October 20, 2015

The Anatomy of a Work Outfit: Ladies’ Cold Weather Edition

Today’s outfit anatomy breakdowns 2 outfits for the office to get you through the season in modern – and appropriate – style. These key components will keep your morning routine to a minimum – save those few minutes for an extra cup of coffee or putting on some lipstick.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) as we break down 2 after 5 outfits and Thursday for the anatomy of 2 casual outfits that will give you all the key pieces you need for the season ahead. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/slouchy-trouser/4154288
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James Jeans - Sloouchy Crop Trousers
Sloouchy Crop Trousers
James Jeans
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The Bottom (The Core Piece of the Outfit). James Jeans has been known for just that – jeans. And lately, their expanded assortment of some key trousers and blazers have been really impressing us. The fit is modern, not as trim as their jeans, but just as flattering. The suiting material on these trousers is surprisingly soft and even has a touch of stretch that will help any long day feel better. The charcoal grey has a very subtle menswear-inspired plaid pattern that is utterly classic, in a stylish silhouette that is relaxed and chic with its cuffed hem that hits just at the ankle. Simple pumps balance the masculine feel effortlessly, but you can certainly wear loafers or oxfords to really play in to the style. (Petite ladies, any local tailor can shorten these. Just let them know you want to keep the cuff in tact.) The wider waistband and slouchy fit is flattering without overwhelming or looking sloppy, especially if you pair it with a tailored top like we’re showing you in this outfit.
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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The Top. The relaxed styling of the trousers featured in this outfit look great with a trimmer top and this season, a simple turtleneck sweater has never looked better. You’ll wear it with these trousers and, well, anything – a pencil skirt, as a layer under a blazer, with jeans for a casual look…you get the idea. This one from 525 America is ribbed, but the beautifully soft and weighty fabric doesn’t cling. The contemporary fit keeps it trim enough to comfortably tuck in to the pants, which you can see through the ‘shop it’ button.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/ACCESSORIES/scarves/PRDOVR~E1740/E1740.jsp Madewell - Pin Stripe Cape Scarf
Madewell - Pin Stripe Cape Scarf
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Madewell - Pin Stripe Cape Scarf
Pin Stripe Cape Scarf
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The Professional Layer. The heathered grey stripe stylishly compliments the subtle dark grey plaid of this look’s trousers, further playing into the menswear influence. And it gives you an accessory that you can wear a couple different ways – perfect to leave at the office, replacing that old standby cardigan on the back of your chair. We’re showing it as a scarf here. Click through the ‘shop it’ button and you’ll see it has slits in the fabric to reinvent it as a very practical shawl. Slip your arms right through with ease - and continue to type away comfortably on your computer. The wool is soft and not too heavy, just right for the office.
https://www.shopbop.com/fern-pointy-toe-pumps-lk/vp/v=1/1558464140.htm L.K. Bennett - Fern Pointy Toe Pumps
L.K. Bennett - Fern Pointy Toe Pumps
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L.K. Bennett - Fern Pointy Toe Pumps
Fern Pointy Toe Pumps
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The Shoes. You should have a simple, single sole pump with a pointed-toe that can be your go-to for the office and an evening out. They are elegant and do wonderful things for your legs. For this outfit, they offset the trousers with feminine flare and balance the slimmer fit of the turtleneck. From L.K. Bennett, (if you’re not familiar with the brand, it’s gained popularity thanks to Kate Middleton) the quality of this pair is lovely in its timeless styling and luxe leather. If your size is already sold out through the 'shop it' button, L.K. Bennett's US site may still have it.
https://www.shopbop.com/perla-medium-tote-furla/vp/v=1/1532892880.htm Furla - Perla Medium Tote
Furla - Perla Medium Tote
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Furla - Perla Medium Tote
Perla Medium Tote
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The Finishing Touch Accessory. The clean lines and classic inspirations of this outfit is completed with a timeless tote from Furla – a brand known for its handbags that’s been around since the 1920’s. This is a workhorse of a bag. The straps are long enough to fit on your shoulder, even with the heaviest of jackets, and it has a zipper center compartment so you don’t have to worry about it being open while you’re on the crowded train. The snap gussets on the sides can be left open when you load your bag up and it still looks good. The pebbled leather is durable and will easily handle your commute year round.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-falling-lines-twirl-jacquard-knit-dress-regular-petite/4064227 Nic+Zoe - Falling Lines Twirl Jacquard Knit Dress
Nic+Zoe - Falling Lines Twirl Jacquard Knit Dress
The Dress (The Core Piece of the Outfit). A knit dress is always a smart choice when you are trying to get out quickly in the morning. And this one from Nic+Zoe packs a versatile style punch. The black and white combination looks great with black tights, creating an abstract and modern look. The tricky, and oh-so-smart, use of a wider black band at the waist in the pattern is incredibly slimming. And the gentle flare of the skirt ensures you won’t have any inappropriate cling at the office. In a modern fit, XS(2) – XL(16) this is a style that will make every women look great, from desk to dinner.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-skinny-rib-cardigan/4020957 Vince - Skinny Rib Cardigan
Vince - Skinny Rib Cardigan
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Skinny Rib Cardigan
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The Professional Layer. Vince’s simple cardigan is the perfect accent to the dress featured in this outfit. The hip length and ribbed cashmere blend is soft and lightweight, with a tailored look that grounds the print of the dress. Unlike Vince’s typically relaxed fit, this cardigan is contemporary and trim, just as it should be – no need to size down for a perfect fit. In XS-XL, go with your normal size. You’ll wear this sweater all the time. It adds polish to a simple tee and dark jeans on a casual day and works as a relaxed blazer replacement over a button down any day of the week. You can even button it up and add a skinny belt. In this look, no need to fuss – it looks great unbuttoned. For a less tailored look, Nic+Zoe’s open cardigan has a drapey silhouette that also works with the dress – and you can even add some color with the cranberry version.
http://www.zappos.com/johnston-murphy-isabel-bootie-black-kid-suede Johnston & Murphy - Isabel Bootie
Johnston & Murphy - Isabel Bootie
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Johnston & Murphy - Isabel Bootie
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The Shoes. Pumps can feel a little dressy, but ankle boots don’t always do the best things for our legs. Johnston & Murphy’s hybrid is the answer to your cold weather skirt and dress dilemma. Instead of wrapping around you ankle, these beautiful suede booties cut down to the top of your foot with a sleek wrap design and pointed toe that only adds to the flattering fit. They come on-and-off with ease, thanks to the covered elastic inset. And the 3” heel is thin and ladylike, but with a slightly sculpted rounded shape that makes them quite comfortable to walk in. Don’t forget to spray them with suede protector to combat the Winter elements.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/commando-ultimate-opaque-control-top-tights/3394487 Commando - Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights
Commando - Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights
The Finishing Touch Accessory. With the suede booties and the knit dress in this outfit, an opaque pair of black tights are the final touch – and something you need all Winter long. We’ve sung the praises of these Commando tights before. They are the absolute best tights out there, in our humble opinion. The black is true and doesn’t get that shine some do when you pull them on. The waistband is the best part – it’s not banded, so it creates a perfectly smooth line under the most fitted of dresses. Some tights suck you in, but then create a muffin top – not these. They’re our go-to season after season. And they hold up really well, so you should get multiple uses out of a pair.
 

Comments (4)

Pat, we no longer have retail stores. And we love that we can continue that relationship online, offering fashion advice and recommendations for prod... Read more
11/27/2015 11:30 AM
Mark Shale
Where is Mark Shale's store? I have been a long term Mark Shale customer and was so sad when you closed on Michigan Avenue.
11/27/2015 10:05 AM
Pat Roggensack
Hi Jane, We're so glad our review helped. The sweater shown in the picture just came back in stock at Shopbop. Here's the link: http://bit.ly... Read more
10/20/2015 2:09 PM
Mark Shale
I had been looking at these James Jeans pants online and wondering about the fit and quality. Thank you for the review! helpful as always. what is th... Read more
10/20/2015 12:11 PM
Jane Tennant
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