Polished with a twist


Photography: Greg Beuning

 Wearing: Top- Express, Cardigan- Theory, Pants- Catherine Malandrino, Boots- Via Spiga

This is a take on a really polished look, but with a fun printed twist. I always like to take sophistication up a notch. Professional does not mean frumpy! That has always been my mantra, and I’ve tried to demonstrate this by pairing classic pieces in flattering modern cuts, and adding just a pop of fun.

I have absolutely in love with this cashmere cardigan this season. Cashmere is the ultimate luxe fabric, and it’s well worth the investment. It feels so soft, and I love the length of this one, as well as the belt. I’ve linked to a similar one here (on sale!) and here (with lace hem detailing!). It pairs perfectly with this bright top. I’m all about the slight peplum hem. Since the top frays out, I decided on slim fitting pants. These are current, but don’t feel overly trendy. I like this black pair, but also this pair in a different neutral. A look like this is all about balance. Since the top and cardigan are flowy and pull away from the body, it’s important to have structure down below.

No matter where you work, there is a lot of value in looking good. Even if you’re just sitting in a cube, making an effort to look put together will always make you feel more productive and on top of things. When you look good, you feel good!