Coffee Break: The Modern Point Flat

Italian-made Flats: Everlane The Modern Point Flat The pointed loafer — particularly with slits along the vamp so the top feels like a separate piece — is one of the biggest trends in shoes that I’m excited about for workwear. First and foremost, because these kinds of loafers often look great with dresses — and also because they can be more comfortable than ballet flats (because there’s more of a vamp). I keep hearing great things about these Everlane pointed loafers, and they’re only $155. Nice. Everlane The Modern Point Flat

Here’s a lower-priced option.


Four Reasons to Do a Seasonal Clothing Review

Four Reasons to Do a Seasonal Clothing ReviewWhether you’ve got a small apartment closet or yours rivals that of Kim Kardashian’s, reviewing your clothes on a seasonal basis is still a great idea. I’ve always been a fan of seasonal clothes storage, using clear sweater bags to store out-of-season fabrics, colors, and styles — as well as physically moving out-of-season clothing to the back of the closet, and moving more seasonally-appropriate clothing to the front. I even do this with socks (I only wear no-show ankle socks in the summer) and lingerie (I don’t wear lacy bras with summer t-shirts and dresses, and I’ve also found I have a preference for unlined bras in the summer, as a foam lining or whatnot can feel a bit hot). Some pros to a seasonal clothing review that I’ve found over the years:

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Tuesday’s Workwear Report: Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool

Pink Blazer: J.Crew Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I kind of love that they’ve called this color “wild flamingo.” Not just flamingo, guys — it’s WILD flamingo! Unless you work in a creative field I think an all-pink suit would be a bit difficult to wear, but a pink blazer could be just the thing to add a pop of color to a wardrobe built on neutrals. I’d wear it with all black clothes and a red lip just for a bit of fun contrast. The blazer is $198 at J.Crew, available in sizes 000-16 in regular, petite, and tall. Here are links for the matching pants and skirt, should you want to coordinate. J.Crew Rhodes Blazer in Italian Wool

Here’s a lower-priced option and a plus-size alternative.

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Coffee Break: Tropical Floral Printed Scarf

Brightly Colored Scarf for Work: J.Crew Tropical Floral Printed Scarf  I looove the vivid colors of this scarf — it just seems so happy, and such an easy piece to throw on to liven up a neutral outfit, or to add more visual interest to another outfit like gray pinstriped pants. The scarf was $59.50, but is now marked to $39.99 at J.Crew. You can get an extra 40% off sale items right now with promo code SALESEARCH. J.Crew Tropical Floral Printed Scarf


2016 Trends: What WON’T You Wear to Work?

2016 trends to avoid wearing to workI’ve noticed a few trends that seem to be EVERYWHERE of late, and I thought we’d discuss, if only because so many of them seem inappropriate for officewear — I’d love to hear your thoughts.  What trends WON’T you wear to work? Every office is different, of course — know yours! — but it’s always fascinating to hear the reasoning behind them.  I was intrigued to see readers noting that any lace-up shoes (including flats) were inappropriate for their offices, if only because that feels like a trend that’s been around for several years, and while I can see the sex appeal of lace-up high heels, the flats struck me as almost ho-hum.  On the flip side, jumpsuits for work seem to be something that’s gaining ground, with tons of readers noting that they’ve worn jumpsuits to the office regularly.  As we’ve noted before regarding trends and a conservative office, we’re against any trend that’s body baring, illogical, or too “new.”

Pictured, clockwise: Huge exposed zipper / cape blazer / high slit / culottes / off the shoulder top

We haven’t talked about trends in a while, so let’s discuss… Some trends I’m seeing more and more of:

  • high front slits in business dresses and skirts (pictured)
  • voluminous sleeves and ruffles (for example)
  • lace-up blouses (for example)
  • bodysuits (for example)
  • exposed zippers running completely up the back (why, Classiques Entier, why?!?)
  • cold shoulders / off the shoulders (pictured — even Vogue, Glamour, and WhoWhatWear admit they’re not the best for the office, but I swear I’ve seen someone else do a tutorial on “how to wear off the shoulder tops to work”)
  • the culotte trend that will not die (pictured)
  • dusters / super long cardigans (for example)
  • wide trousers
  • high waists
  • cape blazers (pictured; similarsimilar, similar, plus)
  • moto jackets for work
  • crop tops, or crop-top-inspired clothing (for example)
  • joggers (they’ve been around for a while but I think they’re still a serious “know your office” item)

So let’s hear it, ladies — what’s off bounds for your office? What trends have you been seeing more and more around your office (either welcome or not)?  Are there other, less controversial things (like kick flares, joggers, or jumpsuits) that still make you shake your head?


what trends won't you wear to work 2016

Pictured, clockwise: Huge exposed zipper / cape blazer / high slit / culottes / off the shoulder top

Splurge Monday’s Workwear Report: ‘Shields’ Belted Stripe Silk Shirtdress

Striped Silk Work Dress: Equipment 'Shields' Belted Stripe Silk ShirtdressOur daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Gawrgeous — I’m loving the trend of vertical stripes on dresses right now. This silk shirtdress from Equipment feels grown up and feminine — not “borrowed from the boys” either metaphorically or truly (I can’t stand when “shirt dresses” look like you’re an aspiring fashion designer in an ’80s movie whose idea of fashion is to steal her boyfriend/father’s shirt and belt it). I love the way the pattern meets up on the skirt, too — it’s graceful and interesting. The dress is $458 at Nordstrom. Equipment ‘Shields’ Belted Stripe Silk Shirtdress

A couple of more affordable shirtdresses are here and here; here’s a plus-size option.

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