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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Weekend Open Thread

Jersey Shoulder-Cutout Top: Bobeau Cold Shoulder Flutter Sleeve Top

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The cold shoulder / off the shoulder tops are starting to hit the sale racks, so if you haven’t pulled the trigger yet (and still want to partake in the trend), do check out some of the styles on sale right now. I like this simple cold shoulder top from Bobeau — note that they have a ton more colors still in full price (at $42) as well as another marked-down scoopneck version. There’s also a plus-size option. Bobeau Cold Shoulder Flutter Sleeve Top

Update: I just saw that Boden is offering 20% off its clearance sales — prices are now up to 70% off. Nice.


Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Wool Blend Pinstripe Blouse

Short-Sleeve Work Shirt: Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Wool Blend Pinstripe Blouse Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This entire outfit is now deeply discounted over at Brooks Brothers, which I suppose isn’t that hard to believe considering BB’s base clientele is probably not super interested in pinstriped pants with drawstrings and semi-cropped blouses. Still, I kind of like this wool blend pinstripe blouse — the mix of patterns is fun, but it still reads very conservative. If you’re looking for something different, do consider it — it was $128 but is now marked to $38, and it’s available in sizes 0-14. Brooks Brothers Red Fleece Wool Blend Pinstripe Blouse

Two plus-size options are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Mini Transport Tote

Top-Zip Black Tote Bag: Madewell Mini Transport Tote Ooh. I tend to dislike crossbody bags personally, as well as large flappy totes, but something about this tote is calling my name — despite it being a smaller, crossbody version of Madewell’s very popular Transport tote (which can be a bit floppy). It feels fresh and new — as well as flattering — and I like the structure that comes with the smaller size. It’s $148, over at Shopbop. Madewell Mini Transport Tote

Here’s a lower-priced similar tote.

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