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The key for women’s office or business attire is a balance between modern, sophisticated and discreet elements. At the office, your goal is to be known for what you do, not for your creative outfits. Unless you work in the fashion industry, which requires a certain look.
Many women, who are very stylish in their daily life, prefer to wear a “uniform” at the office. In the last seasons, many designers have proposed office appropriate attire; check out collections from Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Emilio Pucci or Max Mara.
The basic principles haven’t changed; you can still opt for a tweed suit, a classic Jackie O dress, a military inspired look or a modern leather skirt.
Trends for the 9 to 5 look
The world of fashion and business / office outfits are not mutually exclusive, but actually plotting together to dress the modern, chic woman. All you need to know about the office look this season is that it remains basically the same, but with a few new elements. For example, a gray suit can be updated with a soft shirt in a pastel color such as dusty pink.
This season, there are a few must-have items that should be in your business wardrobe:
- A silk blouse, slightly sheer
- A simple, white shirt, slightly masculine
- A classic tweet suit with a skirt or trousers
- A straight dress in a trendy color: dazzling blue, paloma, hemlock
- A vest-jacket
- A classic trench coat in beige, black or grey
- A leather skirt, preferably in burgundy
- A classic coat, don’t avoid colors like red, purple, eggplant or burnt orange.
Looks for the woman who means business
The feminine look
Designers: Bottega Veneta, Chanel, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta
This is a classic look, usually revolving around skirts and dresses. All-black looks, slightly gothic and minimalist looks can be easily adapted to the office. Tweed and structured dresses are necessary elements in your wardrobe. Take a cue from Blake Lively’s gorgeous peplum dress paired with royal blue pumps, or follow Miranda Kerr’s lead and pair a two toned tweed dress with a fabulous pair of over the knee boots.
The masculine look
Designers: Alberta Ferreti, DVF, Emilio Pucci, Max Mara, Phillip Lim, Stella McCartney
This look is highlighted by architectural coats and masculine suits. The white suit is very fashionable this season, just look how gorgeous Taylor Swift looks and don’t forget about velvet. Opt for dark colors: royal blue, military green, purple, aubergine, black, gray or terracotta like Elizabeth Olsen.
The casual – modern look
Designers: Burberry Prorsum, Charlotte Ronson, Etro, Michael Kors, Victoria Beckham
This look suits young women who can easily wear a ruffled skirt and a striped shirt, just look at Sienna Miller. Her statement accessories complete the look perfectly. Slightly sheer, silky, printed blouses are a must in your wardrobe. Get inspired from Jennifer Lopez and pair yours with high waist pants and an envelope bag and you’ll be ready for business.