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July 22, 2014

Soft Transitional Neutrals: A Class-act Color Story for Work

Staples in our work wardrobe often consist of blacks, navys, and camels. In the warmer months, whites and beiges often creep in. This season, soft greys and sandy neutrals are not only available for the staple pieces of our wardrobes; they make a beautiful style statement of sophistication on their own. We love how lady-like yet powerful these colors are in work wear silhouettes. The soft drape of lighter, fluid fabrics that we wear in the summer take on a new level of richness in these soft colors. And pieces for the cooler months feel softer - perfect for transition, as the seasons will begin to change before we know it. Wear them on their own, together, or accented with some color.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite casual pieces. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Janore Suiting Jacket
Janore Suiting Jacket
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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A pale grey suit subtly calls of sophisticated elegance. Just by changing the color up like this, Hugo Boss has taken something basic and made it just a little bit more. The modern tailoring of the jacket is beautiful and feminine, with a single button that is easy to wear if you have a larger chest, too. When you add the matching pants, you can play a bit with your blouse – a white button down is great for a very conservative look, but something in silk with a higher split neckline, will lay beautifully and soften your look, too. You choose.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4115336410077.jsp#/ Saturday/Sunday - Neon-Flecked Blazer
Saturday/Sunday - Neon-Flecked Blazer
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Saturday/Sunday - Neon-Flecked Blazer
Neon-Flecked Blazer
Saturday/Sunday
Sold by: Anthropologie

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For a more casual business look, check out this cotton knit blazer at Anthropologie. They add some fun with just a little bit of colorful flecking into the cotton tweed of this otherwise beautifully neutral, soft grey piece. Giving you all the comfort of your favorite sweater, with the structure of a blazer, it’s perfect for a casual Friday with dark jeans and a flat shoe. It’s a great price that comes in petite, too.
http://www.joie.com/joie/new-arrivals/anabella-b-top-porcelain Joie - Anabella B Top
Joie - Anabella B Top
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Joie - Anabella B Top
Anabella B Top
Joie
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Joie always does easy contemporary styling well, especially in blouses. A subtle animal print may seem like an oxymoron, but they’ve done it here – and it speaks perfectly to this week’s color story. It’s got a beautiful drape to it and added interest of the tab-rolled sleeves to make this blouse the perfect option for any pair of tailored pants or simple skirt for the office. It would be beautiful with dark grey or navy (and of course, black or camel), but will absolutely work if you want to play with color for your bottom choice – like a burgundy or deep pink.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Geo-Intarsia-Cashmere-Sweater-Dress-Thunder-Combo/prod171690081_cat13770760__/p.prod Vince - Geo Intarsia Cashmere Sweater Dress
Vince - Geo Intarsia Cashmere Sweater Dress
We can’t help but suggest this amazing cashmere Vince dress. We know it’s July, but it’s gorgeous! We have a few Vince picks this week, because they have done this color story so well. Vince’s sizing is contemporary, but very easy – this dress will fit many body types in its effortless shift silhouette. Keep in mind that the model is quite tall – this will come closer to the knee for most women. You can wear it with tights or leggings with and boots – this dress might actually make you look forward to summer ending.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Two-Tone-Short-Sleeve-Silk-Blouse-Dylan-Slim-Ankle-Jeans/prod169370057_cat13770760__/p.prod Vince - Two-Tone Short-Sleeve Silk Blouse
Vince - Two-Tone Short-Sleeve Silk Blouse
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Vince - Two-Tone Short-Sleeve Silk Blouse
Two-Tone Short-Sleeve Silk Blouse
Vince
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Another work of beauty from Vince, this one playing to the sandy influences in color we’re talking about this week. But they’ve tinged the color a bit with dusty rose, making it so flattering for most skin tones and hair color. This silk blouse works on it’s own or under a blazer. It is slightly sheer, so be sure to wear a nude bra and, if you’re more modest, a nude cami.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/pencil/PRDOVR~44461/44461.jsp J.Crew - Telegraph Pencil Skirt
J.Crew - Telegraph Pencil Skirt
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J.Crew - Telegraph Pencil Skirt
Telegraph Pencil Skirt
J.Crew
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A classic pencil skirt is a winning style for every woman. It truly flatters all body types, and the year-round weight of this wool version from J.Crew takes it up a notch. The modern fit is quite universal, with sizes 00-16. Many pencil skirts don’t have a distinct waistband or pockets, but not here! The wide waistband and higher waist is a great belly concealer, with a cross seam breaking the line of the skirt in just the right place. And trouser style pockets on the back are a great little update. While this skirt comes in all your go-to office colors, this pale heather grey speaks to us this week, in its elegant sophistication. It even has a matching blazer. You’ll still be able to wear once it gets cooler with black tights, boots, and a beautiful turtleneck (blazer optional).
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Eileen-Fisher-3-4-Sleeve-A-line-Jacket-Long-Sleeve-Crewneck-Tee-Washable-Crepe-Straight-Leg-Pants/prod173160023_cat49450746__/p.prod Eileen Fisher - 3/4-Sleeve A-line Jacket
Eileen Fisher - 3/4-Sleeve A-line Jacket
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Eileen Fisher - 3/4-Sleeve A-line Jacket
3/4-Sleeve A-line Jacket
Eileen Fisher
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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The herringbone in this Eileen Fisher jacket is so subtle, in reads like a soft grey. This a-line jacket is a statement on its own, which is why we love it styled just as it is in the picture – with black pants and simple tee (go with short sleeves while it’s still warm out) to complete the look. While it’s a relaxed fit, its not relaxed in looks – this is perfect for the office, and you can head straight out to dinner.
http://www.shopbop.com/olivia-boot-cut-pants-wide/vp/v=1/845524441846548.htm? Alice + Olivia - Olivia Boot Cut Pants with Wide Waistband
Alice + Olivia - Olivia Boot Cut Pants with Wide Waistband
We’ve always sung the praises of Alice + Olivia’s contemporary pant fit. The line started with pants, and the fit is impeccable. This is a classic, in a beautifully classic soft grey, The wider waistband eliminates muffin top, so you can wear a blouse tucked in with ease. The boot-cut of the leg is very flattering for all heights and hip sizes.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/charles-by-charles-david-pact-pump/3468332 Charles by Charles David - Pact Pump
Charles by Charles David - Pact Pump
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Charles by Charles David - Pact Pump
Pact Pump
Charles by Charles David
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Grey shoes are popping up everywhere this season, especially in more matte leathers like this one. We've been obsessing over Fendi's version of this style in the office. But if that's more than you want to spend, this Charles David version really looks amazing. The leather is lovely, and they are quite comfortable. A perfect staple for your work wardrobe.
 

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