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July 29, 2014

Floral: How to Make it “Work” for You

When we head off to our offices, we always want to appear professional and competent. Like it or not, the way we present ourselves, and not just the work we do, is part of that. But that doesn’t mean some feminine florals can’t play into our work wardrobes. The days of the required “power suit” are long gone, aren’t they? We can be lady-like and in charge. Who says you can’t have it all? Check out these florals and see for yourself.
Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite floral casual pieces. Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446706120
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Marchesa Voyage - Long-Sleeve Pleated Dress
Long-Sleeve Pleated Dress
Marchesa Voyage
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Beautifully sophisticated floral done in an upscale version of a shirt dress. We expect nothing less from Marchesa Voyage, the ready-to-wear line from the women behind Marchesa – many stars are devoted fans for the red carpet because they know how to fit a woman’s body so well. This modern-fitting line is for those of us who don’t need a glam look, but do want to look great at the office – and wherever we’re heading after that.  We recommend wearing a simple black cami underneath to accommodate the slim vertical lace panels in the bodice.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/parker-roseland-print-silk-top/3740486 Parker - Roseland Print Silk Top
Parker - Roseland Print Silk Top
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Parker - Roseland Print Silk Top
Roseland Print Silk Top
Parker
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If you are looking for just an accent of floral, Parker really did it right with this easy fitting blouse. You’ll notice that we often pick florals (and patterns, in general) grounded with black. We know how much easier it is to take an existing black piece in your wardrobe – a skirt, your favorite pants – and make it look new again with something like this blouse. The colors in this pretty floral pattern are seasonless and will work with any black bottom you like: year- round wools, cottons, or silks. If you have a more casual work environment, a pair of black twill jeans will look great with this, as well.



http://www.equipmentfr.com/features/majestic-floral/slim-signature-with-contrast-sleeves-cabernet-majestic-floral-print Equipment - Slim Signature Shirt with Contrast Sleeves
Equipment - Slim Signature Shirt with Contrast Sleeves
The deep wine color of this floral pattern from Equipment is perfect for work and to transition into fall.  While this works with black, we also love it with charcoal or browns. Equipment’s blouses have an easier contemporary fit – we find the sizing Nordstrom notes for this black version is accurate. It’s not so loose though, that you can’t wear it with a blazer, making this shirt a perfect option under a suit.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446706889 Nanette Lepore - Novelist Skirt
Nanette Lepore - Novelist Skirt
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Nanette Lepore - Novelist Skirt
Novelist Skirt
Nanette Lepore
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This skirt has it all, without having too much at all. Nanette Lepore’s easy contemporary fit is modern, and completely office appropriate since it’s done in a higher waisted pencil skirt silhouette. We like how the print is grounded in a slimming stripe pattern that easily ties the skirt back to a simple ivory or black blouse, cardigan, or jacket. And that is our suggestion. While a matching shirt is offered – and amazing for a more creative work environment – we know that it will be more practical for most of us keeping the rest of the outfit simple. A pencil skirt is one of the most slimming, and practical, skirt silhouettes on most body types. Have a little fun at work with this one.



http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Nicole-Miller-Artelier-Short-Sleeve-Floral-Print-Dress-floral/prod168900456___/p.prod Nicole Miller - Short-Sleeve Floral-Print Dress
Nicole Miller - Short-Sleeve Floral-Print Dress
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Nicole Miller - Short-Sleeve Floral-Print Dress
Short-Sleeve Floral-Print Dress
Nicole Miller
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Floral doesn’t need to mean color. Nicole Miller’s simple take is a great option for work, with short sleeves and a simple crewneck. The even pattern is quite slimming, and the knit fabric is super comfortable for a long day at the office. The fabric weight of the dress is perfect for the transition of seasons that is upon us - not too heavy, not too light.

http://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/shop/clothing/jackets/areli-jacket-ulti.html Rebecca Minkoff - Areli Jacket
Rebecca Minkoff - Areli Jacket
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Rebecca Minkoff - Areli Jacket
Areli Jacket
Rebecca Minkoff
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A little can go a long way, when it comes to this fabulous Rebecca Minkoff blazer. It works because the floral design is sparse, and done on a black ground. As is the trend this season, it is offered with a coordinating bottom, which is great if you work in a more creative environment. If your office is more conservative, though, don’t be distracted by all the pattern the matching pants create and think it’s not for you. This is a silk blazer, and will easily pair with black trousers. We love it that way and becomes instantly more versatile. We suggest something like these slimmer fitting pants in a soft and comfortable jersey. Or, if you’re tall, you can even wear a fluid pair of simple black trousers.
http://www.toryburch.com/shia-cardigan/31143114.html Tory Burch - Shia Cardigan
Tory Burch - Shia Cardigan
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Tory Burch - Shia Cardigan
Shia Cardigan
Tory Burch
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Mixing patterns, especially for an office look, can be a tricky proposition for many of us. Tory Burch takes the guesswork out by combining them for us in this fabulous modern-fitting cardigan. We love how subtly she’s mastered that trend in this merino wool sweater, without being at all trendy. The sleeves and pattern use shades of grey to the deepest charcoals so, again, this easily ties back to black (and looks amazing with dark denim, too).
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=32809746 Club Monaco - Aubrey Skirt
Club Monaco - Aubrey Skirt
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Club Monaco - Aubrey Skirt
Aubrey Skirt
Club Monaco
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This cherry blossom print is one of our favorite florals of the summer. What else can we say, without stating the obvious – it’s just so pretty.  And that doesn’t mean it’s not tough enough for work. When done in a classic pencil skirt, it’s modern and chic. Your outfit is complete once you pair it with a simple black, white, or gray blouse.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306431429&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446710670 Diane von Furstenberg - Stained Glass Floral Silk & Cotton Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg - Stained Glass Floral Silk & Cotton Scarf
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Diane von Furstenberg - Stained Glass Floral Silk & Cotton Scarf
Stained Glass Floral Silk & Cotton Scarf
Diane von Furstenberg
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If you are still not sure about floral for work, here’s an easy – and striking – way to incorporate it…add a scarf. In a silk/cotton fabric, it’s lightweight and, oh so versatile. It really brightens up the face with it’s bolder yellow, blues, and pinks. But ties back to neutral black, white, and grey effortlessly. Click through the "shop it" button to see a video on how to stylishly wrap it around your neck.

 

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