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September 9, 2014

Work: The Ladies’ Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List

In some ways, dressing for work in the fall is a little easier than spring. Easier in that we are wearing more clothes in general, since the weather is cooler, so it's a bit easier to look professional. But it can be harder because there are so many great options! What do you need to freshen up your work wardrobe? There are some key pieces – 10, to be exact – that are sure to make you feel great, and get that bonus this year…OK, we can really only promise the feeling great bit. The rest is up to you.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for "After 5: The Ladies’ Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List" and Thursday for the "Casual: The Ladies’ Top 10 Fall Essentials Check List" . Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Lafayette 148 New York - Zena Piped Jacket
Zena Piped Jacket
Lafayette 148 New York
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1. The Work Blazer: When we are looking for a must-have work blazer for the season, one of the key requirements is that it should go back to black. How many of us have black work blazers in our closets that we only wear with the pants or skirt or sheath dress it came with? Different blacks can be worn together, but it is trickier, and that’s why we look for a jacket that goes back to black, but isn’t solid black. Lafayette 148 New York has designed an ideal find for the season. It a black and white tweed in a wool/silk blend. What’s that mean to you? It goes with all your black pants and skirts – regardless of fabric. It has just a small pop of red lining in the collar and cuff to not only provide some additional style (red is so current looking this season), but it brings just a touch of color around your face to brighten (just leave the color popped to conceal it). Lafayette 148 New York’s fit is modern and so flattering, in a large range of sizes. If you are looking for a more contemporary fit, Rag & Bone’s tweed jacket with black trimming is just as luxe. We always like to invest in jackets from these lines because they will hold up for years.



https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/skirts/pencil/PRDOVR~02676/02676.jsp J. Crew - No. 2 Pencil Skirt
J. Crew - No. 2 Pencil Skirt
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J. Crew - No. 2 Pencil Skirt
No. 2 Pencil Skirt
J. Crew
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2. The Work Skirt: The perfect pencil skirt is never out of style, and this season J. Crew offers their best selling wool No. 2 Pencil Skirt silhouette in the perfect fall colors. So, not only is the modern fit and wide array of sizes appealing to everyone, the colors are, too. The maroon is our favorite – it’s so deep and subtle, it pairs perfectly with camel, grey, or black (click through the “shop it” button to see the color options). If you’re looking for a basic color, the acorn is just deep enough in color without getting too brown – gorgeous with grey or black. It’s lined and has a luxurious weight to it – at a J. Crew price.
http://www.shopbop.com/onell-herringbone-pleat-wide-leg/vp/v=1/1546336862.htm Alice + Olivia - Onell Wide Leg Pants
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Alice + Olivia - Onell Wide Leg Pants
Onell Wide Leg Pants
Alice + Olivia
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3. The Work Pants: A versatile pair of work pants is always an essential, and this season is no different. With the importance of menswear inspiration, we’re focusing on two amazing styles that reflect this. This Alice +Olivia trouser is a dream – the easy, contemporary fit, wide waist band (no muffin top), and single stitched down pleat is so flattering on many body types. They are lined and the herringbone tweed is a timeless fabric that effortlessly works with any brown of black pieces. We truly believe Alice + Olivia makes the best contemporary work pants – it’s how the line started. (More sizes available at Bergdorf Goodman, though the picture isn’t great.) If you are looking for a more modern fit, look no further than the “Menswear Trousers” from Lafayette 148 New York. In many all-season stretch wool color options, the higher rise and wider leg is just as flattering – and just as fashionably classic. It comes in a large array of sizes and lengths – the nougat camel and smoke charcoal grey are so rich and pair with absolutely any color, but you can never go wrong with black or navy for work.
http://www.equipmentfr.com/slim-signature-pine Equipment - Slim Signature Shirt
Equipment - Slim Signature Shirt
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Equipment - Slim Signature Shirt
Slim Signature Shirt
Equipment
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4. The Work Blouse: If you don’t already own a silk blouse from Equipment, you really must get one. And if you own one (or more) already, time to stock up on new fall colors, like this pine. There is truly not a bad choice though, as the luxurious silk takes the dye evenly. The cut, while called slim, is just slim enough to work under a blazer for work, but still quite easy so it can be worn on it’s own. If you remember Equipment when it first grew in popularity back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s…it’s back and better than ever. A silk blouse is fresh all over again this season, and we are delighted to wear it with trousers, and skirt shape, or jeans. If you are wearing a skinny pant, you can even leave it untucked.
http://www.shopbop.com/rib-turtleneck-sweater-525-america/vp/v=1/1511518264.htm 525 America - Rib Turtleneck Sweater
525 America - Rib Turtleneck Sweater
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525 America - Rib Turtleneck Sweater
Rib Turtleneck Sweater
525 America
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5. The Work Sweater: For work, this season, it’s all about getting that perfect turtleneck sweater. A more fitted version is ideal, as it will work under a blazer, as beautifully as it will work on it’s own. It is so versatile, too – looking as chic with a pair of wool trousers or pencil skirt, as it does with a dark wash pair of jeans or cords for a more casual look. This 525 America version has a nice weight to it and is fitted, but not skin tight (so the ribbing doesn’t stretch out over chest). It’s a nice length, coming down to the hip. It looks a lot more expensive than the price. If you are looking for more luxury, Lafayette 148 New York makes a beautiful Italian wool turtleneck in the perfect work staple colors (and in a range of sizes from Petite to Plus).

http://store-us.hugoboss.com/boss/dashina-stretch-cotton-shirt-dress/hbna50242616,en_US,pd.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Dashina Stretch Cotton-Blend Belted Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss - Dashina Stretch Cotton-Blend Belted Dress
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Dashina Stretch Cotton-Blend Belted Dress
Dashina Stretch Cotton-Blend Belted Dress
BOSS Hugo Boss
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6. The Work Dress: A shirtdress is not only a key style this season, but an effortlessly chic look for work. The easier fit of this modern Hugo Boss style is the perfect work staple. On one of those mornings when you are running late, throw this on with a classic pair of pumps and your professional look is complete. You can also change it up by adding a leather belt in place of the one it comes with – black or a pop color would look great. The stretch cotton is a year round fabric, so you will reach for this for seasons to come. If they are out of your size, try Nordstrom.



http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lauren-ralph-lauren-prince-of-wales-plaid-wool-blend-trench-coat/3831847 Lauren Ralph Lauren - Prince of Wales Plaid Wool Blend Trench Coat
Lauren Ralph Lauren - Prince of Wales Plaid Wool Blend Trench Coat
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Lauren Ralph Lauren - Prince of Wales Plaid Wool Blend Trench Coat
Prince of Wales Plaid Wool Blend Trench Coat
Lauren Ralph Lauren
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7. The Work Coat: A great transitional coat that is ideal for work, as it’s long enough to work with most dresses and skirts, but the buttons end high enough to make sitting in the car or on a train easy. We can’t pass up this fashionable plaid in a stylish and utterly versatile grey and black color combination. The easier fit works on most body types – and yes, this will work on you even if you have a larger chest. The double-breasted buttons are closer together, so it’s quite flattering. And the belt helps give the coat a slimming shape.
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Joie - Reina Booties
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8. The Work Bootie: Joie, known for their soft knit line, as well as their always-amazing blouses and sportswear, launched a footwear line a few years ago. And they have really gotten it right – not only in design, but in fit. They’ve hit a home run with this simple heeled bootie. It’s 3-inch heel is actually “walkable”, but still high enough to do wonders for your legs. And the rounded, pointy toe is absolutely timeless – whether round toes or pointy toes are “in”, these will work. The sleek ankle length shaft works wonderfully with pants, but can be worn with tights and dresses, too.

https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/BAGS/totes/PRDOVR~B2135/B2135.jsp Madewell - The Zip Transport Tote
Madewell - The Zip Transport Tote
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Madewell - The Zip Transport Tote
The Zip Transport Tote
Madewell
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9. The Work Bag: We were fans of Madewell’s original Transport Tote, for it’s pretty leather that gets better with age, and ideal size for folders, computer, and more. And now, we are bigger fans of this new zip top version. Especially if you live or work in a city, you know how nice it is to have a bag that zips closed for safety. It’s still a great size that can fit a 13” computer, file folders, a scarf, and any other essentials. It is an amazing price for such good quality. This new marsh color is so versatile – working effortlessly with a black, navy, or camel coat. Of course, it comes in a timeless black or saddle, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jonathan-adler-nixon-grill-modal-cashmere-scarf/3815154 Jonathan Adler - Nixon Grill Modal & Cashmere Scarf
Jonathan Adler - Nixon Grill Modal & Cashmere Scarf
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Jonathan Adler - Nixon Grill Modal & Cashmere Scarf
Nixon Grill Modal & Cashmere Scarf
Jonathan Adler
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10. The Work Scarf: This scarf adds that pop of interest you’re looking for thanks to the great graphic pattern that Jonathan Adler is known for, but in great neutrals to work with everything in your wardrobe. What more can we ask for?


 

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