Monthly Archives: April 2013

conservative office style Apr 30, 2013

Lime Time

The problem with wearing this color is that it just really makes me want a cocktail… and a beach…



Jacket: Theory; Skirt: J. Crew (similar here); Blouse: Ann Taylor (similar here); Shoes: Michael Kors (similar here); Earrings: Ralph Lauren; Silver Monogram Necklace, Bracelet, Rings (old); Polish: Essie (e-nuf is e-nuf)
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Monday Muse Apr 29, 2013

Monday Muse

This week’s Monday Muse came from the sparkling pages of Marie Claire magazine.  The magazine always has amazing “@work” pieces, but this month, the magazine arrived in the mail with a full “@work” supplement.  In an interview with the fabulous Nina Garcia, Giorgio Armani discusses all things office chic and leaves us with the following quote that speaks so squarely to what The Classy Cubicle is all about…

Find more @work inspiration at MarieClaire.com!

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conservative office style Apr 26, 2013

Black and White

Scalloped detailing.  It’s happening.  I’m obsessed. 



Dress: Hobbs London; Jacket: Mango; Shoes: Cole Haan; Bracelet: Ralph Lauren; Earrings: Ralph Lauren; Pearl Ring: Majorica (similar here); Onyx Ring (old); Necklace (old); Polish: Essie (She’s Pampered)
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casual office style Apr 24, 2013

Bright Idea: Neon Coral and Floral

 Blouse: J. Crew; Skirt: J. Crew (similar here); Necklace: Amrita Singh; Shoes: Calvin Klein; Gold Rings: Gorjana; Navy Ring: Kate Spade; Bracelets and Earrings: Vintage; Polish: Essie (Fiji)
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conservative office style Apr 23, 2013

Holy Crop: Another Double-Breasted Blazer


Jacket: Pendleton (similar here); Pants: Theory; Shirt: Ann Taylor (similar here); Shoes: Chinese Laundry; Necklace: C. Wonder (similar here); Earrings: Vintage; Polish: Essie (Fiji)

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Monday Muse Apr 22, 2013

Monday Muse

Matchbook Magazine recently offered a retrospective of their favorite J. Crew covers from years past.  As a self-proclaimed J. Crew addict, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to scroll through the iconic images.  I’ve always loved receiving these Style Guides in the mail each month because the catalogue offers so much more than the retail store’s latest items for sale. The featured global locations, the photography, the surprising color combinations and unexpected pairings have always served up a heavy dose of fashion inspiration—regardless of whether those ideas actually manifest themselves in my wardrobe as actual J. Crew clothing or not.
While looking at Matchbook Mag’s selection, I stumbled upon the below cover from J. Crew’s August 2011 Style Guide which seems to beautifully illustrate much of what The Classy Cubicle is all about: young female professionals finding their place among a sea of male suits in the corporate world.
In the wake of Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In and the surrounding dialogue about the challenges women face in the workplace, we know that there are myriad factors, both internal and external, that hold women back.  But one important factor that is often not discussed is how women hold themselves back in the office by dressing inappropriately and unprofessionally.
As discussed in the About This Blog page, I’ve seen too many of my incredibly smart, talented, ambitious female contemporaries struggle at the office and fail to get the opportunities they so desperately want and deserve because they fail to present themselves in an appropriate, professional way.  Despite their education, aptitude and work ethic, their sloppy appearance sends their bosses the signal that they’re not serious about themselves or their job.
While it may sound trivial or superficial, it really is a rampant problem among professional women.  It would be nice to operate in a world blind to appearances, but that’s simply not the reality.   In the long run, your actual work product at the office will hopefully speak for itself.  However, it may never get the chance to shine if the way you present yourself continually distracts and detracts from your contributions, undermining your credibility and capabilities.
Women can take advantage of the opportunity for greater self-expression and creativity when putting together office ensembles because we’re not confined to the suit and tie uniform of our male counterparts.  However, we must be sure that the result is an equally professional appearance.  Because if we don’t, the male-dominated workplace will continue to turn its back on us…

J. Crew Style Guide, August 2011 via Matchbook Magazine

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