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August 12, 2014

Black & White: Bold Contrasts for Work Sophistication

Black and white for work? No matter your style, this one is easy to incorporate into your work wardrobe. And it doesn’t just mean a black suit with a white blouse. Sure, that’s great. But so is a graphic plaid or beautiful floral in a black and white combination. Just a few pieces can update and modernize your look for the office…here are just a few of our favorites.
Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite casual options. Let us know what you think in the comments below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-koralia-leather-trim-collarless-tweed-jacket/3733066
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Perfect for the office. Hugo Boss plays on black in a white in a sleek, tight tweed with just a bit of leather trim that is still completely appropriate for work. Since it is a collarless style, we like it with a crewneck, as shown, but can work with a crisp cotton button-down shirt, too. (Note: This fits as most Hugo Boss styles do, a universal modern fit. It does look a bit baggy on the model, but we found it to be appropriately fitted and slimming. Make sure the shoulder seams are in line with the top of your shoulders to ensure you have the right fit.) Joie played off this same idea with a slightly less structured silhouette, using the white as a ground color, which is a slightly more casual way to do this look for the office.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-matelasse-jacquard-ponte-jacket/3740518 Santorelli - Matelasse Jacquard & Ponte Jacket
Santorelli - Matelasse Jacquard & Ponte Jacket
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Santorelli - Matelasse Jacquard & Ponte Jacket
Matelasse Jacquard & Ponte Jacket
Santorelli
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Santorelli does conservative work wear that Mark Shale has been a fan of for years. The use of black and white in this jacquard pattern (Jacquard= weaving the pattern directly into the fabric, often creating texture) is perfectly balanced with stretchy solid black ponte inserts on the sides – adding comfort to help with any long day at the office. Since the subtle pattern is here, you don’t need to do anything but add your favorite black pants or skirt.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/santorelli-banded-trim-tweed-topper/3740539 Santorelli - Banded Trim Tweed Topper
Santorelli - Banded Trim Tweed Topper
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Santorelli - Banded Trim Tweed Topper
Banded Trim Tweed Topper
Santorelli
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Another Santorelli piece, this topper is just stunning for any office. Pair it with simple black trousers and a top or a clean-lined black dress. Since it has a few hook & eye closures, it is easy to keep 1 or 2 closed, leaving the attention on the jacket, while still comfortably sitting at your desk. It works on all body types and easily covering the hips and behind. We especially love it for taller women.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-tiana-sketched-graphic-print-topper/3764213 Lafayette 148 New York - Tiana Sketched Graphic Print Topper
Lafayette 148 New York - Tiana  Sketched Graphic Print Topper
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Lafayette 148 New York - Tiana  Sketched Graphic Print Topper
Tiana Sketched Graphic Print Topper
Lafayette 148 New York
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It’s not always easy to find a looser fitting jacket that still looks professional and conservative. Lafayette 148 New York has done just that, using black and white to create a tailored graphic print on this open topper. This would look great over any simple black dress because it’s not too long – and of course, works with any of your go-to black work basics.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pink-tartan-herringbone-pencil-skirt/3788576 Pink Tartan - Herringbone Pencil Skirt
Pink Tartan - Herringbone Pencil Skirt
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Herringbone Pencil Skirt
Pink Tartan
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A pencil skirt in herringbone wool is a true classic that’s surprisingly not always easy to find. Trust us, we’ve been looking. This easy modern fit gem from Pink Tartan is beautiful quality and works with everything – a tailored white shirt, a simple cowl neck sweater, a black jacket. It’s also great with a pop of color. Pair it with simple black tights/stockings and pumps or boots and you will be have a sophisticated work look all winter long.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446703183 BOSS Hugo Boss - Graphic Print Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss - Graphic Print Dress
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Graphic Print Dress
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Hugo Boss has found the perfect silhouette for a graphic black and print for the office. This twisted knot of fabric just below the waist is so flattering, and the crewneck makes leaning over someone’s desk at work a non-issue. The dress is lined and seasonless in a modal fabric. It’s a perfect wear-now dress that you’ll still get quite a few months of wear out of…not to mention, all the upcoming seasons when you’ll surely be pulling it out of your closet to wear again.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maggy-london-print-jersey-wrap-dress-regular-petite/3830076 Maggy London - Print Jersey Wrap Dress
Maggy London - Print Jersey Wrap Dress
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Maggy London - Print Jersey Wrap Dress
Print Jersey Wrap Dress
Maggy London
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Maggy London always manages to catch our eye with stylish dresses at great prices. In a large array of sizes, and easy wrap styling, this works on all figures. If you are worried, just add a simple black tank.
http://www.toryburch.com/monique-cardigan/22143110.html Tory Burch - Monique Cardigan
Tory Burch - Monique Cardigan
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Monique Cardigan
Tory Burch
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We are always looking for that perfect cardigan – the one that will look great with all our black work pants, skirts, and sleeveless dresses. And that’s no easy job – the fit needs to be short and slim enough without being too fitted, or too short. And it can’t be solid black because you run into the issues of your blacks not matching. (By the way, that’s not a big deal, but we know many ladies wish to avoid having to make that decision.) Thank you, Tory Burch, you did it! This hits just at the upper hip, and has a slimming black and white pattern. Leave it open or closed – it’s a great alternative to a blazer, that’s just as polished.
http://www.shopbop.com/looker-crewneck-sweater-brochu-walker/vp/v=1/1598658918.htm Brochu Walker - Looker Crew Neck Sweater
Brochu Walker - Looker Crew Neck Sweater
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Brochu Walker - Looker Crew Neck Sweater
Looker Crew Neck Sweater
Brochu Walker
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Layering is a big trend this season (we’ll be talking more about it). And it’s a great look for the office. Brochu Walker has taken the work out of it for you, by attaching the faux shirt layer to this soft wool/cashmere sweater. It’s done so well no one would know, and you don’t have to worry about the shirt laying flat under the sweater. The semi-sheer shirttail and cuffs make it easy to pair the black option (our favorite) to any black trousers or skirt. It also has some nice back detail with a split hem.


http://www.toryburch.com/kasia-tee/31142125.html Tory Burch - Kasia Tee
Tory Burch - Kasia Tee
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Tory Burch - Kasia Tee
Kasia Tee
Tory Burch
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If you want to give just a little pizzazz to your basic black suit, this t-shirt from Tory Burch is just what you need. Nice & slim, but thick enough so it doesn’t feel too casual for the office.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-elbow-sleeve-print-jersey-top/3733030 BOSS Hugo Boss - Elbow Sleeve Print Jersey Top
BOSS Hugo Boss - Elbow Sleeve Print Jersey Top
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Elbow Sleeve Print Jersey Top
Elbow Sleeve Print Jersey Top
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The pleated detail down the center and elbow length sleeve flatter all shapes and the scoop neckline make it a stylish option under your favorite black blazer. While it comes in a beautiful berry, it’s the black and white that really speaks to us this week – and will work year round.
http://www.joie.com/aruna-top-caviar-marble Joie - Aruna Top
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Joie - Aruna Top
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This easy fitting, contemporary blouse from Joie will work for you year round. It’s body skimming feather-like printed silk is beautiful on it’s own for now. And as the weather cools down, the split neckline works easily under any cardigan or blazer.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pink-tartan-stripe-stretch-cotton-skirt/3790859 Pink Tartan - Stripe Stretch Cotton Shirt
Pink Tartan - Stripe Stretch Cotton Shirt
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Stripe Stretch Cotton Shirt
Pink Tartan
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Pink Tartan has made a black and white striped cotton button-down shirt so feminine, by doing a couple simple things. They’ve changed the direction of the stripe on the covered placket, adding interest and a polished finish so you can’t see the buttons; they’ve given us French cuffs so it looks beautiful on it’s own with a simple pair of trousers or skirt; and, they’ve added some stretch to the modern fit to accommodate a woman’s figure. Oh, and it's timeless, so you'll wear it for years to come.
http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=289894002 Loeffler Randall - Walker Tote
Loeffler Randall - Walker Tote
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Loeffler Randall - Walker Tote
Walker Tote
Loeffler Randall
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Obsessed. That’s what we are with this Loeffler Randall tote. Sure, it's big enough for all the important work things, like folders and your laptop (it even has a padded compartment), but let’s talk about how gorgeous it is. The black and white wrinkled leather creates nice texture, and those gussets in deep green haircalf? Really, it’s a show stopper. Not flashy, but the kind of bag that is going to make you answer a lot of questions, like “where did you get that beautiful bag?” (It does come in basic black, too.)
http://www.katespade.com/Set-the-Stage-17-month-Medium-Agenda---Black-Stripe/143138,en_US,pd.html Kate Spade - Set the Stage 17-month Medium Agenda
Kate Spade - Set the Stage 17-month Medium Agenda
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Kate Spade - Set the Stage 17-month Medium Agenda
Set the Stage 17-month Medium Agenda
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We had to include this. We know, we all have iPhones, iPads, and every app to sync all our calendars. But don’t you still love writing things down sometimes? This stylish and quirky calendar has week & month at-a- glance pages, as well as pages for notes, etc. And, it will look beautiful sitting on your desk.

 

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