Taking an edgy, highly styled look and recreating it in a more practical and wearable way is the reason I started our weekly Wear to Work posts. I make the assumption that everyone’s work looks different, so I try to present a variety of ideas so that even if you are not going to an office, or have a less than traditional career, you can get a little inspiration. I would wear this outfit to meet a client, grab a coffee with a colleague or even for a girls brunch on Sunday.
The elements seem straightforward, but some subtle nuances make it modern. Let’s start with the pants. I’ve had a few clients want to try a version of the high-waisted-tie-cargo-pant, and each time the experiment ends in hysterics. It’s a tough look to pull off. There is a lot of fabric, the tie belt gets in the way of everything, and they give you droopy butt syndrome. If you know you can pull it off, give these by Trouve a try, if you want the toned down version, these cargos by Joie serve the same purpose. I wear them all the time.
Next, the black tank. You want it to have some drape when you tuck it into your pants, so the fabric is important. The featured tank is by Enza Costa with a blend of rayon and a little silk; it gives you just the right amount of drape. I picked up a black and white for myself since they are 50% off on The Outnet.
For the white jacket, I used the Mural blazer we’ve featured a few times since I know so many of you have it. It’s lined, great quality and $75. I have it in black and white. It’s not as oversized as the one in the inspiration picture, which is good since it will be an incredibly versatile piece.
I know many of you would love to see more silver accessories in posts. This outfit is a great example of one that could go to gold or silver, mainly because the pieces she’s wearing have no hardware to dictate the direction. Since I’m in a Henri Bendel vibe right now, I selected a gorgeous open cuff, long, simple necklace, and classic pearls. An ankle strap sandal that looks pretty close to the inspiration, with a more practical heel (and likely better price point) finishes the look.