Monthly Archives: September 2013

conservative office style Sep 30, 2013

Leopard Loafers

Jacket: Zara (similar here) | Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Pants: Club Monaco (similar here and here) | Shoes: Steven (similar here) | Belt: J. Crew | Cuff Bracelet: J. Crew (similar here and  here) | Rings: Gorjana | Sunglasses: Prada | Cross Necklace: Asos (similar here and here) | Triangle Necklace: Gorjana | Polish: Essie (Fishnet Stockings)
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conservative office style Sep 27, 2013

Tactful Tartan

Blazer: Elizabeth and James (similar here and here) | Plaid Skirt: Zara | Shoes: Asos | Cuff Bracelet: J. Crew (similar here) | Necklace: Jane Basch (similar here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Rings: Gorjana (similar here) | Polish: Essie (Berry Naughty)

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casual office style Sep 25, 2013

Fall Brights

Pants: J. Crew (similar here) | Jacket: Theory (similar here) | Top: J. Crew (similar here) | Shoes: Joie | Belt: J. Crew (similar here) | Bracelets: H&M c/o | Rings: H&M c/o | Earrings: Vintage | Sunglasses: Prada
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conservative office style Sep 23, 2013

Pastels and Pleats

Believe it or not, this year’s biggest coup d’etat is not characterized by challenged political systems or failed international diplomacy.  It’s about the fall fashion color palette.  
Move over Spring, your monopoly on pastel hues is officially over.  
As indicated by the Fall 2013 runways, these pale shades are huge for Fall, so you better get while the getting is good.  Today I’m featuring a panoply (yes, PANOPLY) of fall trends: crop top, monochrome, menswear-inspired pumps, pleats and pastels.
Boom.
Skirt: Corey Lynn Calter via Haute Look (similar here) | Sweater: Corey Lynn Calter via Haute Look (similar herehere, and here) | Shoes: Tory Burch (love these) | Rings: Gorjana (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength | Necklace (similar here) | Earrings: Vintage | Polish: Essie (Berry Naughty
Photos by Jeff Thibodeau
As we saw in this post, mastering the crop trend at work is not an insurmountable challenge.  Today I’ve paired it with a high-waisted skirt, effectively creating that cropped silhouette with out risking any midriff exposure in the office.  Also, to avoid midriff exposure that could result from sitting, bending, doing lunges, or, I don’t know, the occasional arabesque at your desk (yes! rhyming!) I would recommend wearing a camisole underneath.  In case you need a refresher, read my homage to the camisole here.  Spoiler alert: the camisole may cure cancer.
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P.S. My ensemble today is thanks to HauteLook.  Whether it’s HauteLook, RueLaLa or Gilt, flash sale sites are both a blessing and a curse.  You can find incredible deals on your favorite designers, however those great finds are often not available in stores, making it difficult for me to link to the exact merchandise.  However, through the links I’ve provided above, you can recreate my look today by pairing this Asos skirt that comes in a variety of amazing colors, with one of these sweaters (herehere, and here).  

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conservative office style Sep 20, 2013

Happy Houndstooth

Sweater: Zara (similar here) | Elie Tahari (similar herehere and here) | Heels: Corso Como (also here) | Bracelet: Alex and Ani | Rings: Gorjana (similar here) | Polish: Essie (Fishnet Stockings)
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conservative office style Sep 18, 2013

Classic

I’m often fully committed to the idea of pretending fall does not exist for absolutely as long as possible. (I once attempted to wear shorts at Thanksgiving.  In Wisconsin.)  

However, I can’t remember a fall fashion scene that had me more excited than this one. The plaids, prints, menswear, metallics, jewel tones and herringbones have left me with a full-on fall fashion FEVER. (…and the only prescription is more cowbell? I’m sorry, I had to.)

In the midst of obsessing over crop tops, booties, chokers and leather on top of leather on top of leather, I thought today might be a good time to get back to basics with a little reality check.  While I’m all for embracing the new wave of fall trends, I think it’s important not to get lost in them.  Instead, let the trends get lost in you.  

(I know, that was deep right there.  Things are getting real right now on The Classy Cubicle.)

I simply mean that you shouldn’t lose sight of (a) your own personal sense of style and (b) your environment.  Forgetting these things and you’ll start rationalizing leather mini dresses and camo leisure suits at the office.  And nobody wants to see that.  (Literally.  I asked everyone.)  

So, before jumping off the proverbial deep end, I thought I’d pause today and throw on a classic look that’s indicative of my own sense of style–regardless of the flurry of fall trends around me.  

Instead of allowing this season’s trends to rewrite the rules, be sure to carefully weave them into your own fashion sense.  It’s not always easy, especially with a tempting line up like the one we’ve got this year.  I mean, I sure never thought I’d be sporting a pair of overalls at the office and, well… that happened.  Nevertheless, I (hopefully) was able to make it my own.  I hope you do the same. 

(But seriously, no camo leisure suits.  None.  ZERO.)

Get pumped, people.  It’s officially fall.

Dress: St. John (Love this one) | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Necklace (similar here) | Bracelet (similar here), Ring, Brooch (similar here): Vintage | Sunglasses: Prada
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