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July 8, 2014

The Athletic Trend: How to Really Wear it for Work and Love it

As much as we would like to go to the office in our yoga pants some days, that generally isn’t an option. And we do like to feel good about the way we look at work, so in the end, it’s probably a good thing. At Mark Shale, we have certainly been excited about all the professional ways we are working athletic influences into our work wardrobes. Take a look and let us know what you think!
We’ll be talking about this trend all week, so be sure to check back for after 5 (Wednesday) and casual (Thursday) ways to work it into your wardrobe.
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Lafayette 148 New York - Embossed-Front Combo Dress
Embossed-Front Combo Dress
Lafayette 148 New York
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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This is pure luxury, with just a touch of sport, thanks to the contrast raglan sleeve detail on this gorgeous sheath. In addition to the edgy sleeve, this dress also has an embossed crocodile-print panel. Beautiful with a pair of simple black pumps, you can easily go out for the evening straight from work in this one.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418059&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446701690&R=755404710474&P_name=DKNY&N=4294912165+306418059&bmUID=krQsZPJ DKNY - Striped Dress
DKNY - Striped Dress
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DKNY - Striped Dress
Striped Dress
DKNY
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Strategically placed sporty stripes can be a girl’s best friend. Notice the wider black stripes are placed by the waist and the hips to create a very slimming effect. The slight flare of the skirt also accentuates the waist, while the crewneck and short sleeves create a clean and tailored look for the office. Keep this simple with a nude flat or pump.
https://www.net-a-porter.com/product/434884/Karl_Lagerfeld/hannah-mesh-trimmed-stretch-jersey-dress Karl Lagerfeld - Hannah Mesh-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Dress
Karl Lagerfeld - Hannah Mesh-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Dress
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Karl Lagerfeld - Hannah Mesh-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Dress
Hannah Mesh-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Dress
Karl Lagerfeld
Sold by: Net-a-Porter

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Slimming, fashionable, and still work appropriate? Yes, please. We love the full zip back detail to add some extra character to this sheath…not that it needs any, with the white trim. As Net-a-Porter mentions, this does run a little more generous than most Karl Lagerfeld contemporary pieces. Complete the look with a pointy black pump.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446707273&R=739412777780 Elie Tahari - Silk-Print Crossover Top
Elie Tahari - Silk-Print Crossover Top
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Elie Tahari - Silk-Print Crossover Top
Silk-Print Crossover Top
Elie Tahari
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The “muscle” tee styling made us pick this silk top for this week’s sporty theme, but the real attraction is the beautiful abstract splatter print on the overlay panel that just skims over the body. The jersey foundation peeks out just a bit on the side to give you just a little shape. We love this with one of the slouchy trousers we’re featuring this week, but it also works with a classic pair of slim pants, too.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306442011&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446703283 BOSS Hugo Boss - Bracelet-Sleeve Cardigan
BOSS Hugo Boss - Bracelet-Sleeve Cardigan
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Bracelet-Sleeve Cardigan
Bracelet-Sleeve Cardigan
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Hugo Boss always delivers exquisite workwear, so we were delighted to find this little hint of fun with the sporty accent stripes at the bottom of this cardigan. Complete the look with the coordinating tank top or a simple white one. It all pairs effortlessly with the navy pencil skirt shown (you can “Shop It” through this button, too) or a pair of white or bold-colored trousers for a great update to your work wardrobe.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/4123335960403.jsp#/ Elevenses - Avoch Crop Pants
Elevenses - Avoch Crop Pants
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Elevenses - Avoch Crop Pants
Avoch Crop Pants
Elevenses
Sold by: Anthropologie

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Anthropologie created these soft pants with a tapered leg in an easy, light fabric perfect for summer. While many pants of this trend have a full elastic waist, this one actually has a button and zipper closure to give it more professional look. But, it’s still elastic in the back, so go ahead and enjoy that business lunch! In several colors and lengths, this will become a staple in your closet with everything from a blouse to a tank and blazer. We love their take on grey, as shown.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=33270246 Club Monaco - Lavinia Silk Bomber Jacket
Club Monaco - Lavinia Silk Bomber Jacket
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Club Monaco - Lavinia Silk Bomber Jacket
Lavinia Silk Bomber Jacket
Club Monaco
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The textured silk makes this a beautiful piece for the office, where it's always a little cooler. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much use will get out of it – over a simple dress (since it’s not too long), with a colorfully patterned or white pencil skirt and tank top, or even with a pair of jeans. We love it with a bold color maxi dress, too, in a more casual environment.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-bomber-jacket/3725441 NYDJ - Bomber Jacket
NYDJ - Bomber Jacket
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NYDJ - Bomber Jacket
Bomber Jacket
NYDJ
Sold by: Nordstrom

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A bomber jacket, in a lightweight fabric like this one, is a great alternative to a blazer in the summertime. While it’s pictured with jeans, which certainly works in a more casual office, we pair it with skinny pants and a blouse for an updated business look. If Nordstrom is out of your size, more are available at NYDJ.com.
http://www.eileenfisher.com/EileenFisher/collection/ShopByCategory/Pants/Cropped/PRD_S4GK-P1980M/Slouchy+Ankle+Pant+in+Stretch+Silk+Jersey.jsp?bmLocale=en_US Eileen Fisher - Slouchy Ankle Pant in Stretch Silk Jersey
Eileen Fisher - Slouchy Ankle Pant in Stretch Silk Jersey
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Eileen Fisher - Slouchy Ankle Pant in Stretch Silk Jersey
Slouchy Ankle Pant in Stretch Silk Jersey
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If you’re looking for more of a relaxed fit, and love the styling of an athletic inspired trouser, this one from Eileen Fisher is fabulous. In one of their best selling fabrics, this drapey silhouette hangs easily, in just the right places. Pair this with a blouse, or silky tee and scarf in a more casual environment. These pants are very versatile, so you will be able to dress them up or down as needed.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446692493&R=888246147310&P_name=MILLY&sid=146EEDD5C3BB&Ntt=backpack&N=0+399545627+1537&bmUID=krMhUv_ MILLY - Riley Backpack
MILLY - Riley Backpack
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MILLY - Riley Backpack
Riley Backpack
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Backpacks have always been practical, but now their sporty usefulness has been transformed into something more stylish. If you remember the last time everyone just “had to have” a backpack, you’ll see how the backpack has gotten better with age…just like us. This one’s clean lines and beautiful leather are big enough to hold some files and even a smaller computer, so we love it for work.
 

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