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June 6, 2017

3 Work Looks to Copy This Summer

We’re tackling the tricky topic of looking professional – and not sweaty or picnic-ready – in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Is Your Summer Wardrobe Office Ready?” . These 3 looks will cover all the basics – an important meeting, casual Friday, as well as a look for any day of the week.
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http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-dalesana-sheath-dress-regular-petite/4573897
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-dalesana-sheath-dress-regular-petite/4573897
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Dalesana Sheath Dress
Dalesana Sheath Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Why is it a Find? When it’s hot and humid out, getting dressed for a serious day can be especially hard. BOSS Hugo Boss delivers with this seasonless wool sheath dress and coordinating belted jacket. The wool fabric is lightweight with a touch of stretch, so it’s comfortable for the warmer weather, and is lined to ensure it will skim your figure. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to get a better look at the dress alone – the short sleeves and simple split neckline are modern, yet timeless, making this a wonderful investment in your work wardrobe – especially at this sale price.
Wear it with: We are showing this classic dress with the coordinating belted jacket to add some updated fashion that is still perfectly conservative for any power meeting. The jacket can then be matched to all of your favorite black pants and skirts – and it’s also on sale.
Fit Tip: BOSS Hugo Boss has a modern fit that runs a bit loose, in sizes 2-14. If you are between sizes, you may want to size down.
Alternatives: BOSS Hugo Boss is a wonderful workwear resource, and this sheath dress has a figure flattering twist detail at the waist.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/helene-berman-tweed-blazer/4541853?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=PINK%2F%20BLACK Helene Berman - Tweed Blazer
Helene Berman - Tweed Blazer
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Helene Berman - Tweed Blazer
Tweed Blazer
Helene Berman
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Important Meeting Summer Look.
Why is it a Find? Instead of a typical black or navy “power suit” add a subtle nod to the season with this Helene Berman Tweed blazer. The textured tweed fabric laces delicate pink through the soft white, grey, and black cotton blended fabric. The combination of color makes it easy to pair with all the classic neutrals that are safe in any business setting, and the fabric is perfect for the season.
Wear it with: We are pairing this blazer with classic black pants and a timeless white blouse to keep the look versatile for any meeting. On a casual Friday, it looks great with jeans or white cotton pants.
Fit Tip: Helene Berman offers a modern fit in your normal size. This jacket is cut to skim the body, without being too fitted, and hitting just around the high hip. With a single button closure, it works for any chest size, laying smoothly when buttoned.
Alternatives: For a trimmer, contemporary fit, Veronica Beard is known for their blazers and this white/black windowpane one can be worn with the same pieces we’re showing in this look (and it's on sale!). If you want to skip an underpinning or blouse, Rebecca Taylor’s tweed blazer is feminine, yet powerful, with black or white trousers or a pencil skirt.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-print-pleat-back-sleeveless-split-neck-blouse-regular-petite-nordstrom-exclusive/4246815?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=OPTIC%20WHITE NYDJ - Print Pleat Back Sleeveless Split Neck Blouse
NYDJ - Print Pleat Back Sleeveless Split Neck Blouse
Why is it a Find? When it comes to a timeless work look, we suggest keeping your blouse simple and elegant. This NYDJ silky blouse covers both criteria, with just enough style to look updated, yet suitable for any conference or boardroom.
Wear it with: This blouse is the perfect layer under a blazer, as we’re showing in this outfit, thanks to its clean split neckline and hidden button closure. And these elements make it just as lovely when worn on its own with your favorite work pants or skirt. The featured pure white color looks pretty with any color, including ivory - we just love mixing shades of white.
Fit Tip: NYDJ has a modern fit, and this blouse is cut for a loose fit through the body, thanks to its stylish pleating in the back. It will lay smoothly under a jacket or cardigan in your normal size, and will look just as good when you wear it on its own.
Alternatives: This blouse comes in black, which would also work in this look, and several other fun options through the ‘shop it’ button. BOSS Hugo Boss’ gorgeous white silk blouse has a shirred round neckline and long sleeves that will look just as lovely with the featured jacket as it will on its own. Alternatively, J. Crew’s simple ivory tank top or BOSS Hugo Boss’ ¾ sleeve knit top are easy layers under any blazer.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-stanton-slim-leg-ankle-pants-regular-petite/3903191?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=BLACK Lafayette 148 New York - Stanton Slim Leg Ankle Pants
Lafayette 148 New York - Stanton Slim Leg Ankle Pants
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Lafayette 148 New York - Stanton Slim Leg Ankle Pants
Stanton Slim Leg Ankle Pants
Lafayette 148 New York
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Why is it a Find? Cotton pants can be just as powerful and work ready as a pair of wool trousers, especially when they are from Lafayette 148 New York – a wonderfully luxe brand that offers high quality and sleek pieces that will stay in your wardrobe’s rotation for years. These pants have a very clean design, with a slim leg that tapers to a subtle slit at the ankle, and side zip for a smooth and utterly polished look.
Wear it with: These pants are perfect when paired with a blazer and blouse (both, above) thanks to the no-fuss design. No pockets, buttons, or tab closures to add bulk under a closed blazer, ideal when you are standing in front of a room full of people. And the high quality stretch poplin fabric has a luxurious appearance that pairs wonderfully with a summer weight blazer, like the one above. These pants will also be an easy go-to with a silk tunic or linen sweater for a casual night out. For a power meeting, pair them with black pumps, loafers, or oxfords. Otherwise, absolutely any shoes will work.
Fit Tip: Lafayette 148 New York has a modern, easy fit that runs true to size in this style. In sizes 0-18, this style works on every figure and is appropriate for every age.
Alternatives: The texture of the featured blazer (above) can hold up to the seasonless wool full-length version of these trousers, too, to give this look a truly conservative feel. And Lafayette’s offers a similar silhouette in seasonless wool if you prefer the warm weather look of the ankle length shown. Vince’s stovepipe trousers offer a contemporary alternative that is also meeting-ready.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tumi-voyageur-m-nylon-tote/4332445 TUMI - Voyageur - M Nylon Tote
TUMI - Voyageur - M Nylon Tote
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TUMI - Voyageur - M Nylon Tote
Voyageur - M Nylon Tote
TUMI
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Why is it a Find? “Sleek, fashionable, and endlessly durable” are all words to describe this tote. While we always expect high quality and sturdiness from Tumi, we don’t always look to them for a chic fashion statement, as well…until now.
Wear it with: An amazing finish to any work look, this tote looks sophisticated with the most casual to the most polished of office outfits. And on the weekends, it will easily carry your sunglasses, an airy scarf, and all of your essentials.
Fit Tip: This tote fits your laptop, iPad, and all the necessities. And the lightweight fabric will make it easy on your shoulder to lug it all around.
Alternatives: If you’ve got a serious amount of stuff – maybe you’re catching a plane for a meeting - Tumi’s larger version is just as sleek and fashionable, and will hold pretty much everything you can think of.
https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/gemini-floral-skirt?color=049&quantity=1&type=REGULAR Paper Crown - Gemini Floral Skirt
Paper Crown - Gemini Floral Skirt
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Paper Crown - Gemini Floral Skirt
Gemini Floral Skirt
Paper Crown
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Any Summer Day Work Look.
Why is it a Find? No matter the setting of your work place (conservative or creative), you can add a little fun with Paper Crown’s floral skirt. The midi-length and a-line shape ensure an appropriate silhouette for any office.
Wear it with: In the outfit here (right and below), we are offering pieces to give this skirt a tailored appearance to make it appropriate for most office atmospheres. For more casual settings, pair it with a simple white tee or tank and some fun sandals or white sneakers. Through the ‘shop it’ button, you can also see how great it looks with a pale pink cotton sweater to bring out the color in the floral pattern.
Fit Tip: The fabric has great drape with a touch of stretch. Paper Crown is a contemporary brand, but this skirt is cut for ease and movement in your normal size, XS-L and Petites, too. The length looks great anywhere from just below the knee to a couple inches above the ankle, so it will work on anyone without needing alterations.
Alternatives: J. Crew plays with pattern in this fun a-line skirt and tie-waist bold floral version.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-riduro-c-nebulous-knit-top/4551699?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=WHITE Theory - Riduro C Nebulous Knit Top
Theory - Riduro C Nebulous Knit Top
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Theory - Riduro C Nebulous Knit Top
Riduro C Nebulous Knit Top
Theory
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Why is it a Find? A classic white button down is always smart-looking, but ladies, those stiff poplin fabrics can get a little sweaty when it’s really hot out. Theory brilliantly solves this problem with this button-down. The pure Peruvian cotton is wonderfully soft, and knit with a slubbed texture that makes it even more high-quality looking.
Wear it with: When you are not wearing it with the skirt (left) shown, you’ll wear it with…well, everything else. It looks just as good tucked in, as it does untucked. So, you can wear it to make a polished work statement with trousers or a suit, and also complete a casual look when you pair it with boyfriend jeans or even shorts.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit, but this knit shirt has some nice “give” to it. In your normal size, Petite – Large, it is meant to skim your torso without being tight.
Alternatives: It comes in navy through the ‘shop it’ button, too. Alternatively, Equipment’s white silk button down and Theory’s sleeveless silk button down will also give a polished look to this skirt and any work outfit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-benefield-linen-blend-jacket/4550432?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=WHITE Theory - Benefield Linen Blend Jacket
Theory - Benefield Linen Blend Jacket
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Theory - Benefield Linen Blend Jacket
Benefield Linen Blend Jacket
Theory
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Why is it a Find? Theory’s stretch linen white jacket is ideal for those hot summer work days. Theory introduces this stretch linen fabric each Summer and it never fails to deliver. It has a soft wrinkle to it that makes linen so beloved, but the high quality and partial lining of the jacket ensure it doesn’t look overly-wrinkled. It’s the perfect blend of leisurely and professional.
Wear it with: This jacket will add just the right amount of additional polish to the skirt and top above when you need to pop into a meeting. The lovely linen fabric and cutaway design looks great with trousers and jeans, as well. And, of course, the white color looks great with neutrals as well as colorful patterns.
Fit Tip: Theory has a contemporary fit, but this jacket’s open design means you don’t have to worry about how it will look if you don’t button it up. And it ensures a flattering fit in your normal size, 00-12. It will skim your silhouette and lay smoothly over a button down or shell beneath it. The high hip length is a great balance to a skirt, and looks equally smart with trousers and jeans.
Alternatives: Instead of a blazer, add J. Crew’s white, slightly cropped cotton cardigan or Theory’s ivory pointelle cardigan.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/michael-michael-kors-kitten-heel-pump/3494716?origin=category-personalizedsort&fashioncolor=NUDE MICHAEL Michael Kors - Kitten Heel Pump
MICHAEL Michael Kors - Kitten Heel Pump
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MICHAEL Michael Kors - Kitten Heel Pump
Kitten Heel Pump
MICHAEL Michael Kors
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Why is it a Find? There are a lot of footwear options that will work with the outfit we’ve put together here. These Michael Kors nude pumps add a professional finish, and are seriously comfortable with they’re kitten heel and rubber inset sole.
Wear it with: The nude leather simply works with everything, and the timeless design is lovely with both skirts and pants.
Fit Tip: We found these to run true to size, but if you are often between sizes, we suggest sizing up.
Alternatives: Tory Burch’s ballet flats or Kate Spade’s ballet flats look just as good with the skirt above. And to give this look a more casual feel, simple white sneakers are a fun finish.
https://www.everlane.com/products/womens-cotton-collarless-belted-shirt-dress-navy-whitepinpoint?collection=dresses Everlane - The Cotton Collarless Belted Shirt Dress
Everlane - The Cotton Collarless Belted Shirt Dress
Casual Summer Friday Work Look.
Why is it a Find? There is no beating the quality Everlane offers at such amazing prices. And the simple designs make them a great resource for staples, like this collarless shirtdress. The 100% Japanese cotton is soft and lightweight, without being too thin or sheer. And the side seam pockets give the skirt just the right amount of substance.
Wear it with: Use the fabric belt or switch it out for a leather one in absolutely any color – saddle brown, metallic, or a pop of color. We’re showing a pair of slides (right) to wear with this dress, and in a more casual setting, pair this dress with colorful sandals or easy sneakers.
Fit Tip: Everlane’s modern fit ensures this dress has an easy, loose fit that is just right for a Friday. It is meant to be short, hitting mid-thigh to a couple inches above the knee on most ladies. If you are taller, just don’t blouse it too much over the belt to ensure an appropriate office length.
Alternatives: The truth is, a shirtdress for the office is a great warm weather option, no matter the version you choose. Eliza J’s ¾ sleeve option has a fuller skirt and modern fit with a similar navy/white striped fabric. Cynthia Steffe’s sleeveless version, Vince’s longer, loose fit, Hugo Boss’ olive, polished version, will all have you ready for work in a snap.
http://www.zappos.com/p/dolce-vita-cybil-silver-leather/product/8902044/color/3298 Dolce Vita - Cybil
Dolce Vita - Cybil
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Dolce Vita - Cybil
Cybil
Dolce Vita
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Why is it a Find? You may be tempted to wear cute sandals or sneakers on a Casual Friday. But opt for these Dolce Vita slides, instead. You’ll get that same fun feel - thanks to the silver color and open back - with a tailored vibe in its loafer design that is office appropriate.
Wear it with: The tapered design looks just right with a dress (left), and they look just as good with any summerweight pants, jeans, and even shorts.
Fit Tip: They run true to size.
Alternatives: These shoes also come in black, white, and nude through the ‘shop it’ button – and they all work with this look. Botkier’s soft gold version and Sam Edelman’s tailored, saddle brown version are easy alternatives that add a neutral finish, whether you choose the fun of a metallic or the more classic brown option.
 

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