Key Piece: Ann Taylor Crosshatch Tweed Pants, $109
Casual Office Day: L.L Bean Vintage Cable Turtleneck, $59.99; Louise et Cie ‘Abriel’ Loafer, $110.95; Skagen ‘Mikkeline’ Leather Satchel, $295; Kerrine Crystal Earrings, $60; Nordstrom Hammered Bangles, $28
Client Meetings: Ann Taylor Crosshatch Tweed Peplum Jacket, $169; Ivanka Trump ‘Lysa’ Pointy Toe Pump, $99; Classiques Entier Ruffle Front Silk Shell, $112; Kate Spade ‘rise and shine’ Lever Back Earrings, $48; Kate Spade ‘orchard street – dillon’ Tassel Leather Satchel, $428
We frequently talk about incorporating texture into your look rather than a pattern to kick up the sophistication level. It’s so easy and makes a huge impact. These tweed pants, that just skim the ankle, are a lovely and seasonally appropriate way to elevate your look.
Casual Office Day: A casual dress code doesn’t mean going to work looking like a slob. By mixing tailored staples with more casual pieces, you can look pulled together without looking too fussy. I love this soft, cozy ivory turtleneck sweater. It’s slim fitting but not skin tight, and its cable knit adds additional interest.
Instead of a heel I went with loafers. Loafers started to show up last fall and are more popular than ever. Every blogger and their mother are snapping Instagram pictures of themselves wearing $500 Gucci loafers. Ever feel like everyone is independently wealthy but you? Just me? Rather then spend a fortune, I went with these more reasonable loafers. If you walk to work or prefer a flat, you may consider these in your rotation.
For jewelry, these crystal earrings are lovely. They are a great piece to buy now and wear throughout the fall and holiday season. Because the turtleneck will sit up under your chin, I like how these will gently float just below your ear. You don’t need much else. These slim hammered bangles are subtle but bring the metal into the look with more purpose.
Finally, can we talk about this bag for a minute? I first discovered Skagen back when I was a buyer, and they only made watches. They were minimal, stylish and well crafted. This bag is all of that, and everything a city girl looks for in a bag, including a shoulder strap and the always elusive zipper top.
Client Meeting: My biggest wardrobe challenge is having enough appropriate pieces for all of my different needs. One week I can go from working from home in yoga pants to a stylish dress for business meetings, to requiring a full suit for corporate work. So, when I buy items, I try to create several different outfits out of a few core pieces. These pants are just the kind of thing I look for because there is a coordinating jacket. This jacket is fresh and stylish. I love the three-quarter sleeves (especially since with my arms everything is three-quarter anyway). The peplum in the back is elegant, and because it has deep box pleats, it will just sit where it’s supposed to instead of sticking out.
Classiques Entier (Nordstrom private label brand) is a staple in my closet. I just bought this shell and have several versions of it from past seasons. They wear and wash well, pack great and fit perfectly under all of my suit jackets. I especially like this option because of its long layered front. A little more expensive, but worth the price.
For the rest of the look, minimal is the way to go. These pointed toe pumps with a half moon heel (think half of a block heel) will give incredible support while still elongating your leg. A ladylike structured bag plays up the feminine details of the jacket. Finally, simple black earrings add a bit of movement and daytime sparkle.