Monthly Archives: October 2014

conservative office style Oct 30, 2014

Bluffing

Dress: Michael Kors  |  Blazer: Brooks Brothers (similar options here, here, here & here)  |  Scarf: Ralph Lauren (love this one and more below) |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here, here and more below)  |  Necklace: Moon and Lola  |  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
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High-waisted skirts, fitted sheath dresses, tailored button downs tucked into form fitting pants… something along these lines is happening most workdays.  And that’s a good thing.  Occasionally, however, I would like to reserve the right to wear something that tricks the outside world into thinking I am a supremely put-together person, when in fact, I am a hungover person wearing a nightgown disguised as a cute work-appropriate dress.  This is that dress.  It’s long enough for the office and has just enough wool in it to deliver an elevated texture and drape, while the knit fabric and dolman sleeves still maintain their supreme comfort factor.  Also helpful in pulling off the hoax is the gold zipper detailing along both sleeves.  Because wearing anything that is adorned with zippy gold embellishments is sure proof that I’m totally on top of my game today!  Psych.  I was literally just napping in the supply closet.  Michael Kors, you get me.
Ok just for the record, I’ve never actually napped in a supply closet (bucket list) and am not suggesting you do so. But for real, some days you just want to be a bit more comfortable, and this Michael Kors number allows you to make that happen.  Shop more of his amazingness below: 
  
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collage Oct 29, 2014

MEMO: Capes

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Capes are in it to win it again this fall and winter, so above I’ve provided a round-up of some of my favorites.  As you can see in this post, this post and this post, I’m a fan.  However, it’s important to note that my fondness for the chicly shapeless outerwear goes beyond just a desire to occasionally pretend I’m Hermione Granger (as discussed here) and/or cover up a Chipotle-induced food belly.  Not only do I find them very attractive and oh. so. comfortable, but they can also be absolutely clutch when wearing a blazer or suit to the office (as worn in this post).  If you’re someone that works in a business formal environment and find yourself awkwardly trying to stuff your suit jacket sleeves into the sleeves of a coat or trench, you probably know the misery of this process, not to mention the irreversible wrinkling effect on your suit jacket/blazer sleeves that are subsequently on display throughout the rest of your work day.  Enter the cape, which allows for the abandonment of the awkwardly over-stuffed arms, yet still provides that critical extra layer of warmth.  So go ahead, get your cape on.

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creative office style Oct 27, 2014

On Track

Top: Michael Kors (just sold out, but almost identical here)  |  Button down: c/o Brooks Brothers  |  Pants: Michael Kors (available here in navy and super similar here, here, here, here, here & here)  |  Shoes: SJP Collection  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (similar here)  |  Polish: Essie (A-List)
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conservative office style Oct 24, 2014

Caramel + Rose

Coat: George Simonton (On sale!  Also, it runs true to size but I bought it a few sizes larger because I wanted it really voluminous)  |  Dress: Kate Spade  |  Shoes: SJP Collection  |  Turtleneck: Ann Taylor  |  Watch: Tory Burch  |  Necklace: Julie Vos  |  Rings: Gorjana  |  Earrings: c/o Baublebar (similar here)  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (similar here)

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If you’re new to this blog and wondering what it’s all about or a longtime follower looking for a refresher, check out this wonderful article published yesterday by America Within.  Though far too generous in its praise, the piece really captures what The Classy Cubicle is all about and why workplace attire really matters.  I hope you enjoy it.  Happy Friday!!

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conservative office style Oct 22, 2014

Watch It

Watch: Tory Burch  |  Pants: Tory Burch  |  Shirt: Tory Burch  |  Coat: Tory Burch  |  Shoes: Jimmy Choo (similar here, here & here)  |  Necklace: vintage, similar here, here & here  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (similar here)
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Tory Burch unveiled her watch collection at Nordstrom at the beginning of this month and surprise, surprise, it’s awesome.  Perhaps the reflections of a tomboyish childhood in her aesthetic are what always ring true to me, but whatever it is, her designs never disappoint.  The watch I’m sporting today is perhaps my favorite piece from the new collection, though it’s a close call.  The depth and breadth of styles promise something for everyone, or in my case, everything for someone.  With strong menswear influences, this particular watch has just the right combination of masculine charm and feminine polish.  It easily stands out on its own, and of course melds well with your favorite arm party line-up as I styled here on instagram.  Whether you’re updating your own watch collection, looking for a birthday gift, or getting a jump on the holidays, check out the new collection.  You won’t be disappointed.
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creative office style Oct 20, 2014

Loose

Skirt: MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar here)  |  Sweater: MICHAEL Michael Kors (similar herehere and here)  |  Shoes: Kate Spade (similar here and also love this loafer version)  |  Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (similar here)  |  Polish: Essie (A-List)

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Cinched waists, fitted dress pants and tailored jackets are featured prominently in my workwear repertoire.  In general, I’m a big fan.  However, we all have those workdays (cough… Mondays… cough) where jamming yourself into these more constricting silhouettes is a bit too painful to bear.  Enter Michael Kors’s (old school singular possessive for the win) fall pieces like the beauties pictured above.  While the heavily menswear-inspired (cha-ching) collection certainly includes great pencil skirts (love this one) and fitted sheath dresses, it also takes classic prints like herringbone and pinstripes and applies them to more contemporary silhouettes like this high-low split oversized crewneck sweater and this long and loose circle skirt.  The result is a modern work-worthy ensemble that just feels a tiny bit more Monday-morning friendly.  I’m also really digging the 90s feel of these relaxed pieces worn together with oxfords… because we’re all Elaine Benes, after all.

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