Monthly Archives: July 2013

casual office style Jul 30, 2013

Off With Your Head

After just a few short months in the blogosphere, I’ve been amazed at the incredible response from readers all over the world.  Among innumerable messages of (undeserved) gratitude and encouragement, as well as questions about appropriate office attire, many of you have asked, “Why is your head always cut off??” 

Well, people, the jig is officially up.  Due to some exciting upcoming collaborations that require my face to be included, my time in the witness protection program has officially expired and it’s high time I address the issue.

Despite popular assumptions, the exclusion of my head in photos is not, in fact, due to facial warts, an unruly unibrow, or horns. I know, I know, that would’ve been much more entertaining.

Since the beginning, my entrance into the blogosphere has been driven by the goal of helping women polish their appearances at the office, and thereby further their career credibility.  As a professional working on Wall Street in New York City, I can definitively say that The Classy Cubicle was not begun as an opportunity to take glamour shots or fulfill some adolescent dream of modeling — especially since my adolescent dreams were more geared towards becoming a professional water skier, concert pianist, and/or professional lego builder.  It turns out there isn’t a huge market for musically inclined water skiers with an affinity for lego spacecrafts.  I know, I was shocked too.

In fact, the idea of “modeling” office-appropriate ensembles and putting those photographs on the interweb machine made me want to light myself on fire was extremely difficult to wrap my head around. Nevertheless, I felt there remained a dire need among professional women for office-worthy fashion ideas and a photo-based fashion blog seemed to be the only way to successfully convey the message and style inspiration. In the end, cropping my head off seemed to be a satisfactory middle ground.

With some fun upcoming projects on the horizon, I guess I have to finally face (pun not intended) the idea that I can’t remain incognito forever.  So here we go, full steam ahead…

Skirt: J. Crew; Shirt: Ralph Lauren (similar here); Sweater: Ralph Lauren; Shoes: Candela; Belt: Ralph Lauren; Necklace: J. Crew (old); Sunglasses: Ray Ban “Clubmaster” (similar here); Polish: Essie (bangle jangle)
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conservative office style Jul 26, 2013

Snow Leopard in Summer

Jacket: Rachel Zoe (also here); Pants: Nanette Lepore (last seen here); Top: Ann Taylor (similar here); Shoes: Ralph Lauren (also here); Jewelry: vintage; Belt: Cole Haan (similar here)
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conservative office style Jul 24, 2013

Cobalt Blue

Skirt: Kate Spade (same Kate Spade skirt in a different print here and similar DVF version here) ; Shirt: Brooks Brothers; Wallet: Kate Spade; Flats: French Sole; Belt: Ralph Lauren; Polish: Essie (Butler Please)
Important Note: A huge thanks to one of my readers, Joy, who reminded me of an important point of clarification: In certain office environments and geographical areas, non-traditional nail color has become perfectly acceptable.  As a resident of fashion-forward New York City, I can say that grays, blues, and other atypical hues are commonly seen and totally acceptable in many if not most office environments.  However, as with everything, you have to judge your own office environment before jumping on the blue nail band wagon.  If your office environment is very formal or you live in an area where these non-traditional nail colors generate an undesirable level of shock value and distraction, definitely steer clear!  And, just to be clear, these acceptable non-traditional nail colors do not include those covered in Cubicle Crime #7 (neon nails) or my post on metallic nails.  People have to draw the line somewhere…
 
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conservative office style Jul 22, 2013

Collar Me Surprised

Blouse: Kate Spade (also available in mint); Skirt: J. Crew; Shoes: Ralph Lauren; Sunglasses: Prada; Jewelry: Ralph Lauren and Vintage; Polish: Covergirl (Vio-Last
I’m a big fan of the distinctive collars that have taken center stage this spring and summer.  The embellished collars especially are pretty much the ultimate in lazy girl chic–a one stop shop blouse that puts all of your accessorizing woes to rest.  No need to labor over what necklace works with your outfit, this Kate Spade number has it covered.  
Now we just need them to go one step further and start making an office-appropriate version of footie pajamas so we don’t have to worry about what shoes to wear.  Now that would be genius.
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conservative office style Jul 20, 2013

Coral and White

Skirt: White House Black Market (similar here) ; Blouse: ADAM (similar here and here); Scarf: Club Monaco (similar here, here, here and here); Shoes: Kelly & Katie (similar here and here); Necklace: RJ Graziano; Bracelet: Clara Studio (similar here); Rings: Gorjana (similar here); Polish: Essie (Fiji)
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conservative office style Jul 17, 2013

Pointedly Peplum

Dress: Elie Tahari (also here and here); Shoes: Ralph Lauren (also here); Sunglasses: Prada; Jewelry: Vintage; Polish: Essie (Lapis of Luxury)

Just when I thought Elie Tahari couldn’t possibly be more amazing, he pops this little number out.  Stop the presses.  There now exists a peplum dress in the world that fits me. 

Despite my generally favorable opinion of the peplum craze in the last couple of years, I’ve been super bitter about the fact that I have yet to find one that hits me right. I’m 5’10” and generally too long-waisted for them (#tallgirlproblems).

But, due to the supernatural powers of Elie Tahari, this dress has successfully defied physics and seems to fit everyone perfectly. A petite friend of mine owns it as well and it looks amazing on her too. I’m pretty sure there’s a huge opportunity for someone to do some kind of Sisterhood of the Traveling Peplum series with this sucker. The dress is magical. I’m calling Blake Lively…

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