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MCLV Style: Business Casual Attire

Getting ready for work can get fairly boring year-after-year, especially if you’re constrained by a set dress code. My office is a strict business casual arena and I wore dresses every day for years. Shift dresses, wrap dresses, and classic, ladylike silhouettes.

Recently, however, I’ve been branching out more into the wonderful world of separates.

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Cropped Black Tuxedo Pants – Vince

Mock Turtleneck Top – Amelia Toro

Ankle Strap Heels – Sam Edelman

Epi Cluny BB Handbag – Louis Vuitton

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

Business Casual Black on Black Workwear Ladylike San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Street Style

I’ve found that playing with different pieces and mixing and matching separates has made getting dressed for the office a bit more fun. I tend towards black and white and prints, and love an eye-catching accessory.

These Sam Edelman shoes are endlessly comfortable, I have them in two colors, so they’re great for long days or nights out where I’ll be on my feet for long periods of time. And I’m still head over heels in love with my Louis Cluny bag. It’s much smaller than my usual handbags, which was by design, and is helping me move towards a more simplified, paired down daily haul.

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What do YOU wear to the office? Do you have a dresscode like business casual?

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Business Casual Fashion

I was honored to be the July speaker for the¬†W Hotel San Francisco‘s amazing Inspire series. A wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen joined me for a delicious luncheon at the W’s restaurant Trace where we chatted about workwear and business casual fashion.

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{Wearing a Kate Spade dress rented from Style Lend}

From what to wear when you’re meeting financiers to your first day at a new office to menswear styling – We covered some interesting topics that are very relevant to today’s working men and women.

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{Jewelry from Marrin Costello}

Below are a few of my tried and true business casual fashion tips:

  1. You want to feel confident & comfortable – Find a style that suits your body type and meets your company’s dress code requirements
  2. Gentlemen РKhakis are not slacks. Khaki  colored slacks are fine, but khakis are not slacks!
  3. The best way to go from day-to-night is to add accessories: Statement jewelry & killer heels for the ladies and a fun jacket, watch, or messenger bag for gentlemen.

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And the best, and easiest way to go take your work look out for a night on the town? A bold red lip!

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Thank you to the W Hotel for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful series and thank you to Fashion On The Square for including me in their great Fashion Week celebration.

Also, a HUGE thank you to all of the amazing people who came out for the event!

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Lan Jaenicke

After my recent W Hotel speech on workwear and business casual fashion I’m excited to share the last look from the Lan Jaenicke x MCLV collaboration.

This killer coat was one of my favorites РThe oversized, dramatic collar really caught my attention. I love how the black & white print gives this classic piece of outerwear a bold, modern feel that goes equally well with brights or a minimal black look.

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 {Skirt, sweater & pearls from Lan Jaenicke РYou can browse these stunning pieces & more here}

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Bracelet – Ann Taylor

Ring РKamryn Dame {Find more Kamryn Dame here}

Nude Heels – MICHAEL Michael Kors

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

The perfect finishing touch?

Beautiful gold jewelry from Kamryn Dame and some serious strands of pearls. It’s amazing how something as simple as accessories can add the perfect amount of polish and luxury to a look and really¬†take it to¬†the next level.

Missed out on the previous posts in this wonderful series? San Francisco Fashion: Lan Jaenicke, Office Fashion With Lan Jaenicke & Work Style With Lan Jaenicke.

Are YOU loving these coats as much as I am?

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Links a la Mode

Big thanks to IFB for featuring my recent Workwear: Business Casual Staples on their Links a la Mode round-up post this week.

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Links a la Mode: October 31st

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Be sure to check out these great posts ‚Äď You can find the original Links a la Mode here.

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Workwear: Menswear Staples

After last week’s post on the workwear and the business casual staples that every professional woman should have in their wardrobe I wanted to focus a post on the mens equivalent. Below are my suggestions on what pieces to ensure you have in your closet so that you can put together stylish, professional looks for the office and some tips for how to help develop your personal style.

Menswear Staples:

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Slacks

When it comes to menswear at the office my number one pet peeve is¬†gentlemen wearing khakis in lieu of slacks. There are tan slacks, but khakis aren’t slacks. They should be reserved for picnics and casual Fridays.

Recommendations: Classic black, blue, grey & brown are all versatile, timeless choices

Suit

A classic suit is a wardrobe staple, even if your office is business casual you’ll need¬†one for meetings, travel, or an event at some point. My number one tip for getting the perfect suit is befriending your local tailor. Fit. Is. Everything.

Recommendations: Try a conservative cut in black, navy, or charcoal. Already have a classic suit? Try pinstripes!

Blazer

A quality blazer is a must, you’ll use for everything from your walk to the office to after-work-cocktails to boys night out.

Recommendations: A classic cut black version is the way to go for your first blazer!

Button-Down

Finding a button down shirt that fits your shoulders and torso can take some time, but once you find your brand & style you should become a loyal buyer.

Recommendations: Stripes, plaids, checkers, and solids are all excellent choices depending on your coloring and the severity of your company’s dress code.

Shoes & Belt

When it comes to gentlemen’s accessories I usually fall into the camp of recommending that you pick up both black &¬†brown versions of a nice belt and quality dress shoes. Brown looks great with black or navy, and black will go with everything. Variety is the spice of life after all.

Recommendations: Black & Brown

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Tips:

As I said last week, my top workwear tips are to: (1) Get a steamer, quality iron, or send your clothes out, and (2) Find a tailor you like. Cut and fit can make a look.

Don’t get discouraged or feel like you need to resign yourself to black or navy basics. You can easily have fun with your accessories – From printed ties & socks to eye-catching, personalized extras like suspenders, tie clips, pocket squares¬†& cuff links.

Sometimes simpler is better. When it comes to double-breasted & pleated pieces you need to be careful because not all styles will suit all body types.

{Pictures from Menswear Must Haves Pinterest}

What are your office staples?

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