I’ve seen tons of iterations of this trendy Y-chain pendant, from high to low, but I’ve always seen it photographed by itself or styled on a Boho twenty-something with ripped flares and a flower headband. I never quite envisioned them for work until I saw this one styled with a crewnecked, heavyweight dress. It looks solid, stylish, professional — and hey, isn’t it great to know you can also wear it with ripped flares and flower headbands? This one at Barneys is pricey, but you can find similar styles here and here. Feathered Soul Mixed Gemstone Y-Chain
Lodis’s Audrey line is a reader favorite, but I don’t think we’ve ever done a separate Coffee Break just for them. This laptop tote has has an interior snap closure, a flat bottom, tons of organization inside, and a really discreet logo (on the lower RH corner). It’s available in red, black, and toffee over at Nordstrom and Zappos for $298. Lodis Accessories Audrey Milano Tote With Laptop Pocket
Here’s a lower-priced option.
Psst: Check out our recent roundup of professional tote bags!
It can be hard work to layer necklaces — getting the right weight and length to both pendants, not having different chains or frog clasps attack each other, to say nothing of the general style problems of finding two necklaces to work together. This charming little compass pendant set from Kate Spade solves that problem — the necklaces can be worn separately or together. I like that they’re complementary but not matchy matchy (or too twee, which can sometimes be a problem with Kate Spade stuff). They’re on sale for $69. Kate Spade ‘Like a Charm’ Compass Pendant Set
I’m always a fan of purple pumps, but my sweet spot is usually the more wine-colored, dark purple — these lighter purple heels from SJP look gawrgeous. They only have 2 reviews, but they’re both 5-star, which is always a good sign. The shoes are $350 at Zappos, available in sizes 35-40.5. (Nordstrom has them for the same price in pink and green and advises customers to order a half size up, as they run small.) SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Fawn Pump
Is it time for fall yet? I am so ready for deep burgundies and other jewel tones, cardigans and blazers, and fall jackets. (I even think I’ve found my perfect dark lip for evening!) These burgundy suede shootie/pumps look gorgeous — and they’re only $119. They also come in a gorgeous “canapa” beige suede, as well as black suede and black calf leather. The black ones would be far easier to wear with tights — and the beige ones would be great too — but hey, we all need a burgundy pump for work, right? What are you eager for most for fall, ladies? Adrienne Vittadini Gerlinda
Psst: have you checked out our Guide to Comfortable Heels? Also: peep toes are not appropriate for every office — know yours!
The designs on this bag may or may not be to your liking, but several readers called out this $16 cosmetic bag as being crucial to their organizational system within larger tote bags for work. Nice! There are several bag organizers on the market — do you guys have any favorites? I tend to use pouches to move from bag to bag as well. The pictured one is $15.99 at Target, but note that you can find several others (for closer to $30) at Amazon. Sonia Kashuk® Knock Out Beauty Completely Organized Bag