How to elevate your office style with three easy pieces

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Photography: Greg Beuning

 What I’m wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein (similar), Blazer- Ann Taylor , Shoes- (similar) , Bag – Kate Spade

Let’s talk office style. For those days at the office when you have to look good (which should be everyday, but I get it), you can’t go wrong with a sheath dress, a tailored blazer, and a pair of Mary Jane heels. Here’s my take on office style, and what to wear for an important meeting or a presentation. I think this outfit idea exudes professionalism, but keep things stylish and modern.

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The business of dressing for business

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- bought years ago from a little boutique in NYC, Heels- Coach, Watch- Michael Kors

Most of us are hopefully back in the groove of things, getting back to the work flow and our normal schedules.

I wanted to post about a look that would work for a big office meeting or even if you just felt more formal that day. This black sheath dress is my absolute go to for that I-mean-business feeling. It’s form fitting, cut in all the right places and very much office appropriate. Believe it or not, I actually picked this up at TjMaxx. The one in Georgetown has a really great selection of designer pieces at a truly affordable price. I’ve linked to a couple similar ones, here and here.

The rest of the outfit is very simple, with clean lines. I stuck to mostly black, with sheer tights (which are my absolutely musts for winter), and a classic pair of Coach pumps (link). But of course, D.C tends to be too monochromatic a times, so I had to break it up with just a pop of pink on the lapel of my blazer. I also love the shininess of it, and the three-quarter sleeves. The blazer adds that touch of personality, which keeps the look from being too boring. I’ve linked to a similar here that I’m absolutely obsessed with. I highly encourage an investment in a couple interesting blazers, especially if you work at an office or attend business meetings often. They’re so easy to throw on, and help create that instant effortlessly put together vibe.

I appreciate any and all comments! Please let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and if there’s anything you want me to talk about regarding outfits or style advice. Also, don’t forget to check out Instagram for more!

Masha

Little Black Work Dress, Two Ways

 

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Photography: Greg Beuning

Wearing:

Look one: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- Cabi, Shoes- Coach, Bag- Nine West, Pearls- Vintage

Look two: Dress- Calvin Klein, Blazer- Zara, Boots- Ivanka Trump, Necklace- Tiffany’s, Sunglasses- Michael Kors

Today I want to show how to style a little black work dress two ways. Both are fall weather appropriate and very office chic. The weather has been sort of all over the place in Washington D.C recently, one day its hot, as though we’re back in late August/early September, and the next it’s blistering and windy. So it’s important to have versatile pieces in your closet that could work with a multitude of looks. I think the key to the little black working dress is that it acts as a blank canvas, while the shoes, outerwear, and accessories do the work.

Let’s start with look one. This is for those warmer fall days, when you can basically get away with a summer outfit, but still want to stay current. I’ve started with the dress, which has a very classic shape. It’s formfitting, with a pencil skirt cut and a high boat collar, essentially a perfect dress for the office. I’ve styled it with a slightly oversized black blazer, the sleeves cuffed. So far this is very prim and proper, and I needed to infuse a bit of personality. I added white lace-up sandals that I wore quite frequently in the summer months, a couple strings of pearls, and a purple python-printed bag, large enough to hold everything I needed. I like the lady like vibe of this look, with a bits of edge in the details.

Option number two is styled to keep you warm for fall temperatures, while still maintaining professionalism. This time I styled the dress with a patterned Zara blazer that’s a total staple in my wardrobe. It’s a great piece, because it functions as a classic and a neutral, even though the print is interesting. I throw it on over blouses, dresses, button-downs etc. and it never fails me. The cut is also very flattering with the sleeves hitting right at the wrist and the length, right at the waist. Next I added the suede knee-high boots. They’re flat, and so comfortable to spend long days in. They also add an unexpected twist to a dress that would more traditionally pair with heels. I kept the accessories really basic, just a silver key pendant and my usual sunnies.

Both outfits invoke a very professional air, and are perfect for a day at the office. I highly recommend buying a little black work dress and knowing that you have a piece you can wear so many different ways, that will work for every season. And of course, once you’re out of the office for the day, it’s very easy to transition into the evening. Take the jacket off, swap the boots for a pair of heels, and you’re off!

-Masha