Monthly Archives: February 2015

creative office style Feb 27, 2015

Fashion Week Memo: The Best of the Rest

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creative office style Feb 26, 2015

Fashion Week Memo: Take Five

COAT: Ted Baker (last styled here; also here in black and similar versions herehere & here)  |  TUNIC SWEATER: Proenza Schouler (last styled here; also love this version here and similar styles here & here)  |  SHIRTDRESS: Black Fleece by Thom Brown  |  BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman  |  GLOVES: Coach (old but similar here)  |  BAG: Loeffler Randall  |  EARRINGS: c/o Baublebar  |  SUNGLASSES: Stella McCartney

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Today I’m continuing my recap of some favorite street style snaps from New York Fashion Week.  As you might have noticed, the bitter cold temperatures in NYC last week often meant ditching any fun footwear plans and sticking to over-the-knee boots that covered as much skin as possible.  Luckily, these Stuart Weitzman favorites worked with lots of the ensembles I had planned, so I just ended up wearing them over and over.  Tomorrow will be my last Fashion Week Memo before going back to some more work-ready ensembles next week.  Happy almost Friday!

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creative office style Feb 25, 2015

Fashion Week Memo: Take Four

COAT: ICB (similar here and more below)  |  SKIRT: ICB (similar here; work-appropriate versions here, here & here)  |  SWEATER: Topshop (old but similar here, herehere & more below)  |  SHIRT: Pink Tartan (similar here, here & here)  |  BOOTS: Stuart Weitzman (also available here, here & here)  |  BAG: Loeffler Randall (also love this version and this version)  |  SUNGLASSES: Stella McCartney  |  GLOVES: Coach (old but similar here and mobile-friendly versions here)  |  TIGHTS: DKNY

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conservative office style Feb 24, 2015

Fashion Week Memo: Take Three

COAT: Marc Jacobs (30% off! similar styles also here and here)  |  PANTS: Chelsea28  |  TOP: c/o Kal Rieman (similar here and here)  |  SHOES: Stuart Weitzman (another oxford option here)  |  BAG: Sophie Hulme  |  GLOVES: Coach (old but similar here)  |  HAT: BCBG

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creative office style Feb 23, 2015

Fashion Week Memo: Take Two

   SKIRT: Rebecca Minkoff  |  COAT: Sam Edelman  |  BLAZER/CAPE: BCBG  |  SHIRT: Vince Camuto (similar here and more here)  |  STOLE: old but similar here  |  EARMUFFS: old but similar here and here  |  GLOVES: Coach (similar here that are mobile friendly!)  |  TIGHTS: DKNY  |  SHOES: SJP Collection  |  BAG: Sophie Hulme (obsessed with all of her bags!)

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This week I thought I’d share a few more street style shots from New York Fashion Week.  Of course, it means a temporary departure from my typical work-ready ensembles, but I hope you can still glean some ideas from these outfits that would just require a few alterations (particularly in hem length) to make the professional grade.

The ensemble above involves the strategic combination of navy and black pieces—a concept I used to diametrically oppose.  Today, the combination of navy and black is far from groundbreaking, but it’s still a concept with which a lot of people (myself included) struggle.  A few short years ago, I (got dressed in the dark and) accidentally showed up at my office wearing black shoes, a black sheath dress and navy tights.  I was mortified that I had mistakenly put on navy tights with an otherwise black outfit, so I immediately ran to Duane Reade to purchase some emergency black replacement tights.  (Overreact much?)  But as my style has evolved, I’ve come to really love the combination when executed properly.  Personally, I still think the pairing looks best when it’s clearly deliberate, and not the result of a tragic combination of oversleeping and/or poor lighting in your West Village apartment.  For me, the easiest way to pull off the dueling hues is to wear pieces that possess some continuity of print or texture.  For example, I chose to execute that continuity via texture (fur) above by combing a navy fur coat with a black fur stole and black fur earmuffs.  For another suggestion on how to bring the frenemies together, check out my recent instagram here where I combine navy and black via a little stripe action.

What are your thoughts?  Is the black and navy combo do-able?

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casual office style Feb 20, 2015

Versatility

c/o Chico’s:  SUIT JACKET  |  PANTS  |  SANDALS  |  TOP  |  NECKLACE  |  CUFF

EARRINGS: Argento Vivo  |  SUNGLASSES: Stella McCartney  |  BAG: c/o Henri Bendel  |  RING: Kathy Kamei (similar here)  |  POLISH: Nails – Essie (Vanity Fairest); Toes – Essie (A-List)

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c/o Chicos: LACE JACKET (also similar here)  |  TANK  |  TRACK PANTS

SHOES: Topshop  |  BAG: Vince Camuto (similar here)  |  RING: Kathy Kamei (similar here)  |  EARRINGS: Argentino Vivo  |  NECKLACE: vintage but similar here

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c/o Chico’s:  POLKA DOT JACKET  |  PANTS  |  COLORBLOCK TOP  |  CHOKER

SHOES: Kate Spade (similar here and here)  |  BAG: c/o Henri Bendel  |  SUNGLASSES: Stella McCartney  |  EARRINGS: old but similar here

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c/o Chico’s:  LACE DUSTER  |  WHITE SHIRT  |  JEANS  |  NECKLACE

EARRINGS: old but similar here  |  SHOES: Saint Laurent (similar here)  |  SUNGLASSES: Stella McCartney

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If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m all about versatile pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways and a variety of situations—both in and out of the workplace.  From a practical perspective, it’s important to have pieces that can easily transition from desk to drinks when you don’t have time to run home and change before your après-work activities begin.  Beyond practicality, however, having a separate office-only part of your closet comprising “work outfits” that you only wear from nine to five isn’t a great idea anyway.  You should make your work-ready clothing a contiguous part of one fluid, cohesive wardrobe, rather than feeling like you have … View The Post