Two Ways: Creative Professional Attire
Oct 3, 2013
From Left, Bracelets: Sole Society Exotic Bangle ($25), Kors Reverse Cuff ($125), VC Pave Stud Bangle ($68), Kelly Wearstler Screw Bangle ($125) Tights: Donna Karan Luxe70 Tights ($20) Bag: Sophie Hulme Tote ($847) Jacket: Mango Smoking Blazer ($50) Blouse: J.Crew Abstract Dot Blouse ($145) Skirt: Reiss Shannon Pencil Skirt ($360)
From Right, Sunglasses: Retro Superfuture Sunglasses ($269) Rings: Northern Star Cabochon Ring ($150) and Dune Cigar Band Ring ($150) Watch: Marc Jacobs Chrono Watch ($275) Bag: Statz Messenger Bag ($74) Jacket: AE Zippered Jacket ($60) Top: Mango Contrast Back Blouse ($50) Jeans: Current Elliott Skinny Jeans ($216)
For the Creative Professional. When planning this outfit, I wanted to find pieces that belonged in a professional wardrobe but had something unique about them. The pencil skirt isn’t wool, it’s leather. The blouse has a keyhole neckline and bold print. The jacket has an elongated look and a shawl collar. The idea being that you could take all of the elements of work attire and rejigger them into something a bit more unique.
I chose a leather pencil skirt from Reiss that has a great sleek shape. It’s a bit pricey though this Karen Kane faux-leather pencil has all the style for $69. And if you’re not feeling full leather, check out the leather panels in this Stoosh skirt for ($39). Plus-size? This Mossimo skirt with leather detail is pretty cool.
This dotted blouse has a great mix of colors. I also found this Pleione blouse from Nordstrom in the same palette with more of a chevron print for under-$75. If you want something neutral with pop, I like this sheer black blouse with foil dots from Piperlime.
I wear my white blazer during any season. This Mango one has a great sleek style, but it’s only available in a few sizes. So I found this white, longline blazer from Asos as a second option.
Because this is a more adventurous outfit, I wanted to add a lot of bracelets. I kept them in a neutral palette of gold, grey, white and black for easier mixing. However, I varied the sizes, textures and shapes for interest.
As for the bag, I am so smitten with the color and shape of this Sophie Hulme tote. Why must it cost over $800? Why, I say! In the under-$100 category, I found this cool Limited Tall Tote and this slick Zara shopper.
For the hair, I would go with a bouffant half-up style. For the makeup, I would go with a black winged eyeliner smudged for effect, and a light mauve blush. I’d also wear a dark, matte berry color on my lips, like Vincent Longo Matte Velour Lipstick.
For a Creative Professional. This is a more casual look. I’d say it’s best suited to casual Friday, a relaxed business dinner or a workplace where there are few, if any rules like Living Social, Google, etc.
I broke down and bought a pair of distressed jeans yesterday. They’re from Ralph Lauren and I like the medium wash with the moderate amount of ripping. Plus-size ladies should check out these jeans from Old Navy. Or you can just take a razor to an old pair.
How great is this stripe jacket? It has an awesome mix of colors (blue, ivory, black) and a simple shape. I also love this Stoosh cardigan jacket for $49 that comes in just black and white.
I like this blouse because of the silky texture on the front and the t-shirt texture on the back. I also appreciate that the shirtwaist hem peeks out from under the jacket and covers the rearview. If I were wearing this outfit, I would half-tuck or shame-tuck the front. Prefer something simpler and dressier? Try this Iris & Ink satin t-shirt in a gorgeous midnight navy.
For the jewelry, I added a chunky watch and a couple of cool rings. My favorite has to be the two-tone wave style in the cigar band. The texture from the chain is pretty sweet. I also incorporated a pair of adventurous wire sunglasses, but this cheaper pair from Spitfire might suit such a trendy piece better.
For the hair, I would probably wear it down and stick straight or up in a messy bun. For the makeup, I would go for a bronzy-rose cheek like NARS Deep Throat and a creamy nude lip. Hourglass makes “nude” lipstick in several shades so that you can find the perfect one for you.