This fall choose fun fashion essentials that are work appropriate while still being on trend.
Build your outfit from the bottom up with shoes that combine colors in eye-catching blocks. Because the colors are combined, you can mix bright shades without fear of clashing. For a polished look, choose clothes or accessories that pick up one or two tones from the shoe; the rest can be neutrals. The best pieces are in suede, which makes the look rich and subdued.
Dolman Sleeve blouse
A dolman sleeve blouse is subtly different from the norm. Dispensing with the shoulder seam, it widens at the shoulder and glides over your curves, instead of clinging to them. The result is figure flattering and chic. To avoid being overwhelmed by fabric, pick a style that's short-sleeved or ends above the wrist.
There's something about a pair of knee-high boots that projects confidence and authority—not to mention keeping your legs warm. Adapt this style for the office by tucking a pair of slim-fitting pants into leather boots.
Updated pencil skirt
The classic pencil skirt is a simple column of fabric. But small details can make a big difference. This season's skirts possess creative tweaks like buttons, pockets and wide waistbands. For a fashion-forward look, choose a high-waisted skirt and create contrast by pairing it with a looser-fitting top.
Retro styles are hotter than ever, so the ladylike tie-neck blouse is a can't-miss wardrobe item for the fall. It's both more polished and more feminine than the standard button-down shirt. Wear it in a silky, luxe fabric --the bigger the bow, the plainer you can keep the rest of your outfit.
Like the right pair of shoes, a great purse is indispensible to creating a polished outfit. A satchel purse is perfect for the task. They're structured and the opposite of slouchy. The style suggests a 50's ladylike look, and you'll draw attention with retro details like tapestry fabric and clasps.
Dying to ditch your candy-colored summer wardrobe, but it's still 80 degrees out? This fall's array of rich, sophisticated earth tones will help you feel autumnal. Mix browns, camels and mossy greens with basic black or jewel tones.
Once disdained as too hippie or too frumpy, the maxi skirt has been showing up all over fall runways. Its advantages are obvious — warmth, figure forgiveness, and no need to worry that you're showing too much skin. Look for a skirt that comes down to the ankles but stays well clear of the floor. Pair it with a slim-belted blouse for a pulled-together look.
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