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April 12, 2016

4 Spring Business Meeting Looks: Creative or Conservative, You’ll Fit Right In

“The Spring Business Meeting Outfit Guide: Look Professional, and Seasonally Appropriate” is the topic of this week’s Clothes & Conversation. From the opening handshake, we know the importance of that crucial first impression. You’ll surely captivate the room with what you say, and we’re here to ensure that what you wear equally holds up.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Etia-Sleeveless-Peplum-Top-Jotsna-Continuous-Wool-Blend-Pants/prod187300037/p.prod
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Why is it a Find? Instead of a suit or dress, this Theory peplum top and pants create the same polished feel, with a whole lot of appropriate style. Everything about this look is just right for a creative work environment when you still want to look utterly professional. And the flattering details, like the split neckline that doesn’t dip too low, and the peplum hem that shows off your waist while smoothing over your hips and behind don’t hurt, either. Leave it to Theory to get a fashionable work look just right.
Wear it with: Through the ‘shop it’ button, you can find the coordinating pants to this top at the bottom of the page. Add stylish block heel pumps in a the neutral of the season – nude blush. They are modern and fashionable, while being completely work appropriate.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit, but if you haven’t tried it for a few years, it’s not as trim as it used to be. And the seasonless wool has stretch in it, so it’s quite forgiving.
Alternatives: You’ll be able to mix-and-match these pieces, so you’ll get plenty of use out of them. The top can be worn with white trousers, a beige pencil skirt, or even a great pair of dark or colored jeans. And, of course, the pants coordinate with any work top, since they have the same neutral feel of your favorite jeans.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/4208864?pathAlias=vince-woven-cotton-blazer Vince - Woven Cotton Blazer
Vince - Woven Cotton Blazer
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Vince - Woven Cotton Blazer
Woven Cotton Blazer
Vince
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CREATIVE BUSINESS LOOK #1
Why is it a Find? Vince’s modern interpretation of a blazer is ideal when you want to look professional, and still show off some fashion flare. The soft construction and textured weave, give this cotton/linen piece a really special feel, and the belt provides just the right amount of structure to show off your waist and keep the look neat and polished.
Wear it with: The easier shape of this jacket looks great with slim pants, like we’re showing in this outfit, for a sleeker look. But the beauty of it, is its versatility. When you’re not dressing it up for a big meeting, it adds polish to jeans and creates a soft look with wide leg pants. It even works over a slim sheath dress.
Fit Tip: Vince is known for their easy, modern fit and this jacket is no exception. If you are between sizes, you may want to size down (but the fit isn’t as over-sized as their sweaters often are).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-sleeveless-silk-top/4241286 Vince - Sleeveless Silk Top
Vince - Sleeveless Silk Top
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Vince - Sleeveless Silk Top
Sleeveless Silk Top
Vince
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Why is it a Find? This gorgeous yellow is so sophisticated and just down-right friendly looking...perfect when you are winning over a room full of people. The soft color perfectly compliments the soft natural shade of the jacket in this outfit. And if the room is warm, you can remove the jacket –Vince designed this sleeveless blouse with beautiful details, like shirring at the shoulders, in a buttery 100% silk fabric that skims the body without any cling.
Wear it with: We love this blouse under the jacket in this look, since the clean v-neckline will show a hint of the pretty color without overpowering the jacket’s lapels. But it looks great on its own or under a cardigan – with a pencil skirt or any of your fabric pants.
Fit Tip: Like the jacket in this outfit, this Vince piece is cut in a modern fit that is easy and won’t cling.
Alternatives: The pale fresh yellow is our top pick to play up all the soft tones in this outfit, though the taupe and navy also offered through the ‘shop it’ button would look great in this outfit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-pintuck-crop-trousers/4240403 Vince - Pintuck Crop Trousers
Vince - Pintuck Crop Trousers
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Vince - Pintuck Crop Trousers
Pintuck Crop Trousers
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Why is it a Find? Continuing with the soft color palette of this outfit, these tan Vince trousers are the perfect warm weather work trouser. Made of a blend of cupro, cotton, and lyocell (with a touch of stretch for good measure), the end result is a soft and silky fabric that is super comfortable and wonderfully luxe. The pintuck stitch detail down the front of the legs lends a polished air to these straight-fitting pants.
Wear it with: These kate spade new york camel patent pointy toe pumps are just gorgeous with these pants, in the same mid-neutral tone. Of course, any nude pumps work, as do a pair of flats. When you’re wearing these pants with outfits other than the one we’re putting together today, you can even add a pop of color in your shoe choice.
Fit Tip: Like the rest of this outfit, these are cut in Vince’s easy, modern fit so they are not too trim. If you are between sizes, we suggest sizing down
Alternatives: A wide leg silhouette looks great in this outfit, too.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/jewelry/necklaces/PRDOVR~F2808/F2808.jsp J.Crew - Tortoise and Pearl Link Necklace
J.Crew - Tortoise and Pearl Link Necklace
Why is it a Find? Add this J.Crew tortoise and pearl statement necklace for a modern finishing touch. Tortoise and pearls are conservative materials, and J.Crew has found a way to give them a truly modern feel in this short necklace.
Wear it with: The updated shorter length won’t interfere with the lapels of the jacket in this outfit and the neutral shades play perfectly with the desert-colored palette of this look. It reads as a neutral, so it goes with any color.
Fit Tip: In addition to v-neck styles, you’ll love adding this to any work or night out look, especially crewneck or button down styles.
Alternatives: This style is going fast. J.Crew also used tortoise to make an amazing over-sized chain link necklace that looks just as chic.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-adlerdale-sleeveless-silk-sheath-dress/4248634 Theory - Adlerdale Sleeveless Silk Sheath Dress
Theory - Adlerdale Sleeveless Silk Sheath Dress
CREATIVE BUSINESS LOOK #2
Why is it a Find? Looking professional and appropriate doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit in somber tones. This Theory dress has a high neckline and pretty floral pattern that can be worn in any creative work environment, while looking entirely ready to get the job done.
Wear it with: Here, we’re showing you how to create an office-ready look around this dress, by adding a blazer and classic pumps. But on its own, or with an easy open cardigan and strappy sandals, you’ve got a weekend look that is ideal for a nice brunch, shower, or night out.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit, and this dress is cut for an easy, loose shape not meant to be fitted. It is lined to ensure fluidity, giving it substance so it won’t cling. Note that it is not as short as it is on the model, hitting just a couple inches above the knees in front on most ladies. A racerback bra works seamlessly with the cut-in shoulders, which elongate the look of your arms and add definition around your shoulders.
Alternatives: This print also comes in a sleeveless top version that has the same neckline and high-lo hem that can be worn with navy, white, or tan trousers (even a pencil skirt).
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/prod186910008_cat20820733__/p.prod Joie - Mehira Open-Front Linen Jacket
Joie - Mehira Open-Front Linen Jacket
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Joie - Mehira Open-Front Linen Jacket
Mehira Open-Front Linen Jacket
Joie
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Why is it a Find? Joie’s linen jacket adds just the right amount of structure to the featured dress in this outfit. It has notched lapels, welted pockets, and a back vent for all the tailored construction of any blazer, but with an open front that is so right with the fluidity of the dress.
Wear it with: While it’s the perfect finishing touch to the dress in this outfit, this navy linen blazer will be a wardrobe staple all Spring and Summer. It stylish with jeans and a tee, or work pants and a button down.
Fit Tip: Joie’s modern fit has consistently made it a favorite brand of ours, and this jacket is no exception. In sizes 00-12, your normal size should fit like a dream.
Alternatives: If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Shopbop carries it, too – and you’ll also get free shipping & returns (you can even use your Amazon Prime account).
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-licorice-too-pump/4377189 kate spade new york - Licorice Too Pump
kate spade new york - Licorice Too Pump
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kate spade new york - Licorice Too Pump
Licorice Too Pump
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Why is it a Find? These light camel suede pumps are truly timeless. In kate spade new york’s best selling pointy toe style, they add polish and class to this outfit in a pale color that will blend with your skin color to elongate your legs and keep a polished look with the floral dress and navy blazer.
Wear it with: Nude pumps go with everything and suede is a beautiful alternative to leather that can – and should – be worn year round.
Fit Tip: We have found these run to size. And are surprisingly comfortable – they don’t feel like 4” heels.
Alternatives: For a truly fashion-look, if it’s appropriate, these open-toe taupe Vince block heels look super chic with this look, and still have a closed-up feel to keep them appropriate.
https://www.shopbop.com/croc-embossed-medium-tote-vince/vp/v=1/1588486788.htm Vince - Croc Embossed Medium Tote
Vince - Croc Embossed Medium Tote
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Vince - Croc Embossed Medium Tote
Why is it a Find? It’s hard to find a navy tote that is that “right” shade of navy – not too bright and not too black. Vince’s croc-embossed leather hits the note perfectly, and the textured leather keeps it from looking “matchy” with the jacket and dress in this look.
Wear it with: This will become your go-to work bag, far beyond any special meetings. And it’s a shade of navy that is appropriate year round.
Fit Tip: Not only will all your essentials, files, and laptop fit in this bag, but it even comes with 2 detachable pouches. So if you need to run out to grab coffee for the group, you can just grab a pouch with your cash, and leave the bag in the conference room.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jiopela-jacket/4302435 BOSS Hugo Boss - Jiopela Crop Ponte Suit Jacket
BOSS Hugo Boss - Jiopela Crop Ponte Suit Jacket
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Jiopela Crop Ponte Suit Jacket
Jiopela Crop Ponte Suit Jacket
BOSS Hugo Boss
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CONSERVATIVE BUSINESS LOOK #1
Why is it a Find? This beautiful suit jacket from Hugo Boss is a soft blushy pink color that is feminine, yet completely powerful and appropriate for even the most conservative of office settings. The collarless style and high hip length creates a tailored and ladylike alternative to your basic blazer.
Wear it with: We are showing this jacket in a monochromatic look that is seriously chic but there’s tons of versatility in this piece. Pair it with any neutral colored pencil skirt or trousers in any style. It also looks so pretty over a patterned blouse like a soft floral. This jacket will not only work from desk to dinner, it is ideal for a Summer affair, like a bat mitzvah or upscale shower when paired with its coordinating pieces or over a sheath dress.
Fit Tip: Hugo Boss has a modern fit so it won’t be too trim and is meant for a woman’s figure. Go with your normal size, and size down if you are between sizes.
Alternatives: Hugo Boss has a similar collarless jacket in pure white that is timelessly chic.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-binora-sleeveless-pintuck-pleat-blouse-regular-petite/4302439 BOSS Hugo Boss - Binora Sleeveless Pintuck Pleat Blouse
BOSS Hugo Boss - Binora Sleeveless Pintuck Pleat Blouse
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Binora Sleeveless Pintuck Pleat Blouse
Binora Sleeveless Pintuck Pleat Blouse
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Why is it a Find? By wearing this matching pale rose blouse under the featured jacket, you start creating a monochromatic look that gives this modern soft neutral color a powerful look that is feminine, but not girly. And the pintuck detail around the neckline looks gorgeous with the collarless styling of the jacket. The hidden button placket creates a clean look whether you leave the jacket open, closed – or don’t wear it at all.
Wear it with: The pale pink color looks beautiful with all of your neutrals – navy, grey, tan, white, black, and cream. This will be a great staple under all of your seasonless suits and pencil skirts, giving them an instant warm weather feel.
Fit Tip: Hugo Boss made this shirt in Regular and Petite, so you don’t have to worry about the armholes being too large, no matter your size. The style is cut to just skim the body, so it won’t be bunchy under the jacket, but it’s not clingy, either.
Alternatives: It is also available in black through the ‘shop it’ button, which can be worn in jacket and pants in this outfit too, for a contrast that looks great with black pumps.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-tiluna-slim-leg-ankle-trousers-regular-petite/4222706 BOSS Hugo Boss - Tiluna Slim Leg Ankle Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss - Tiluna Slim Leg Ankle Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Tiluna Slim Leg Ankle Trousers
Tiluna Slim Leg Ankle Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Why is it a Find? The matching pants are a no-brainer for this professional look. The clean styling – side zip and no pockets – completes the minimalist look in this outfit. Yet, the straight leg and cropped length keeps the look entirely modern.
Wear it with: While these pants are simply gorgeous with the matching pieces in this outfit, like the other pieces, they mix-and-match with ease. So, you can wear them with a patterned blouse, simple sweater, or any of your favorite neutral warm weather blazers.
Fit Tip: Like most Hugo Boss pieces, these are cut in a modern fit, that is not too trim, so they won’t cling. Offered in sizes 0-14, and Petite, too, size down if you are between sizes. And note that the fabric does have a bit of stretch for comfort, too.
Alternatives: If you prefer to wear a dress, Hugo Boss made a sheath dress in this same color that is beautiful under the jacket in this look. Alternatively, you can wear the grey version of these pants through the ‘shop it’ button. Or pair this white pencil skirt with the rest of the pieces in this look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/via-spiga-carola-pointy-toe-pump-women/3723334 Via Spiga - Carola Pointy Toe Pump
Via Spiga - Carola Pointy Toe Pump
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Via Spiga - Carola Pointy Toe Pump
Carola Pointy Toe Pump
Via Spiga
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Why is it a Find? Sure, nude shoes look great with this outfit, but pale grey is a beautiful alternative. Called “ash ostrich print” through the ‘shop it’ button, the textured leather adds just the right life to this monochromatic look.
Wear it with: These shoes complete the outfit we're showing here -and any outfit, since they’re so neutrally versatile, whether you're dressing them up or pairing them with jeans for a night out.
Fit Tip: These pumps run true to size and the 3 1/2” heel is beautiful with the cropped length of the pants.
Alternatives: These come in a ton of colors through the ‘shop it’ button – including camel ostrich print, and smooth camel napa leather which are just as perfect with this outfit.
http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1055355&vid=1&pid=184377002 Banana Republic - Tile Jacquard Blazer
Banana Republic - Tile Jacquard Blazer
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Banana Republic - Tile Jacquard Blazer
Tile Jacquard Blazer
Banana Republic
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CONSERVATIVE BUSINESS LOOK #2
Why is it a Find? Oh, a good patterned jacket is so hard to find – and this one from Banana Republic is a beauty. The fabric is textured with a slight standup to the back of the collar that is utterly modern. Yet the longer length and open, non-lapelled placket are timeless details. Not too bold - in just the right color palette of black, blue, and white - the menswear-inspired style gives it a very tailored feel that will have you feeling confident in any meeting.
Wear it with: We are highlighting this jacket for a meeting, with black pants and a white shirt. But on more casual office days, it looks great with dark or white jeans and a simple tee.
Fit Tip: From size 0-16, in Tall and Petite, too, Banana Republic’s modern fit isn’t too trim – and comes in a size for everyone, so go with your normal size.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-bitwisti-short-sleeve-blouse/4300615 BOSS Hugo Boss - Bitwisti Short Sleeve Blouse
BOSS Hugo Boss - Bitwisti Short Sleeve Blouse
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Bitwisti Short Sleeve Blouse
Bitwisti Short Sleeve Blouse
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Why is it a Find? The waist detail of this Hugo Boss top is just such a perfect update to those simple white button downs that we usually layer under our blazers. Not only does it give you shape, and helps conceal any little lumps and bumps that can reveal themselves once you sit down (you know, that muffin top), but it looks so great with the open styling of the patterned jacket in this outfit. It doesn’t have to fight with a button closure, since the jacket doesn’t have one, and creates a clean and super flattering look.
Wear it with: When you’re not wearing it with this outfit, it easily stands up on its own. It’s great with any trousers, and is a perfect top for pencil skirts.
Fit Tip: Hugo Boss has a modern fit, and while some pieces run on the easier side, this runs true to size, meant for a slim fit.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/novelty/PRDOVR~F0286/F0286.jsp J.Crew - Wide-leg Ponte Pant
J.Crew - Wide-leg Ponte Pant
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J.Crew - Wide-leg Ponte Pant
Wide-leg Ponte Pant
J.Crew
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Why is it a Find? The beauty of this jacket is that any of your black pants will work with it. For a modern update, J.Crew’s wide leg ponte pants are a beautiful balance to the sleek, body skimming featured jacket. And if you take the jacket off, the blouse in this outfit looks just great with them on its own, since they have a smooth pull-on waist that won’t leave any bumps under the untucked shirt.
Wear it with: Ladies, these can be your new go-to black pants. Whether you choose a button down, lightweight sweater, silky blouse, or upscale tee, these pants look great.
Fit Tip: Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see how they look on the model (in navy). Meant to hit just above the ankle, the ponte fabric is endlessly comfortable and won’t wrinkle – ideal for a long day of meetings and first impressions. They run true to size, in J.Crew’s typically modern fit that is available in sizes 000-16, and Petite, too.
Alternatives: For a straight leg option, Theory’s pull-on version is a timeless - and equally comfortable option in their contemporary fit. Alternatively, Vince’s year round wool version is a traditional look in Vince’s somewhat easier, modern fit that never disappoints.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sjp-by-sarah-jessica-parker-katrina-pointy-toe-block-heel-pump-women/4271428 SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker - Katrina Pointy Toe Block Heel Pump
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker - Katrina Pointy Toe Block Heel Pump
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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker - Katrina Pointy Toe Block Heel Pump
Katrina Pointy Toe Block Heel Pump
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker
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Why is it a Find? With the wide leg of the pants in this outfit, simple black pumps will elongate your legs and balance the subtle volume beautifully. The block heels on these Sarah Jessica Parker suede pumps are refreshingly modern and stylish, yet incredibly practical and ideal in a conservative work setting.
Wear it with: Besides this outfit, these pumps can replace your favorite black heels (and ballet flats) for a modern office look that will look just as chic at dinner.
Fit Tip: Sarah Jessica Parker launched her shoe line a few seasons ago, and the quality is beautiful. They do tend to run a bit narrow, so if you are between sizes, we suggest sizing up.
Alternatives: If you are tall - or going with straight-leg pants for this outfit - simple ballet flats (also available with a block heel) or these sleek, smoking slipper loafers are equally appropriate.
 

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