Wear to Work: Burgundy Sueded Jacket

wear to work burgundy sueded jacket

Key Piece: Jacket, $88; Outfit 1: Tank, $18; Pants, $88; Heels, $111; Necklace, $45; Earrings, $28; Bag, $145; Outfit 2: Jeans, $158; Tank, $27; Booties, $120; Bag, $35; Earrings, $28

We are halfway through our September Style Challenge, and it is, without a doubt, our best one yet.  Our members are enthusiastic, engaged and so far seeing great results. (You can sign up for the October Challenge here, it’s free!) One of the reasons I started this challenge was to get a better sense of our reader’s needs. This group, in particular, is fueling much of our content right now. There’s been a lot of conversation about what to wear when you either work from home, and maybe have to run out to a meeting, or your office is just really casual. Today is a nice example of how to look pulled together, without looking fussy or like you are trying to hard.

Key Piece

This drape front faux suede jacket is not as formal as a blazer but a little more elevated than a cardigan. I decided to work with it in burgundy because it’s such a trend-right color, but still a neutral. It’s also available in four other colors, up to a size XL and it’s $88.

Outfit One.

I thought it would be easy to create a “set” so I found a matching tank with a neckline that works perfectly with the cut of the jacket. Doing this gives you a cohesive and straightforward look that’s easy to grab in the morning.

If you picked up our Reader Favorite J Crew pants in black, they would work well here. I recently discovered Everlane, and have been delighted with their price and style. These pants are also pull on and ankle length. You could replace them with your go-to full-length pant as the season gets chilly (if it’s not already).

I wanted to have some fun with the shoe. These leopard print pumps from ASOS are bolder than what I usually gravitate to, but I think they work. Finally, I added this long multi color necklace that will read burgundy, and a simple stud earring, both in silver tone. This black Matt & Nat bag from Monday’s post (I own and use this all the time) complements the shape of the jacket and fits more than you would think.

Outfit Two

If the Pinterest boards I’ve reviewed as part of our Style Challenge are any indication, I think this tank is going to be on our favorites list next month. It has a lace yoke that gives a unique, boutique feel for only $26, and a universally flattering fit. It’s also available in petite and plus.

I paired it with these Joe’s jeans, in a dark wash and a cut that looks like a trouser. The cut of the leg works well with an ankle boot. Sam Edelman makes a fantastic, well-priced ankle boot. This camel color is my go-to for the fall. An oversized tote from Sole Society, and a dangly earring adds some subtle movement rounds out the look.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Thank you Megan. I own a very similar jacket from last season and was wondering how else I could style it. Now I know 🙂

    1. Awesome! That’s one of my goals with these posts, that you find new ways to wear pieces you might already own. Thanks!!

  2. I LOVE it when I see a post where I have almost all of the pieces. I just bought the floral tank – I’m going to get a ton of use out of it. Thanks for finding it!

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