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MCLV Style: Work Style

When you work in a business casual environment you only get to have so much creativity when it comes to your work style. You want to look professional and appropriate, but still find a style that’s flattering and makes you feel great.

Enter the wrap dress!

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Wrap Dress – BCBGMaxAzria

Heels – Sam Edelman

Tote – Z Spoke Zac Posen

Bracelets – C.Wonder

Rings – BCBGMaxAzria

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Work Style Wrap Dress Office Fashion San Francisco Fashion Blogger Business Casual

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A wrap dress is one of the few universally flattering styles of dresses out there – It suits virtually all builds, heights, and body types. Basically, it’s the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants for dress lovers! ūüôā

What’s important to me when choosing a wrap dress is the depth of the V-neck – If it’s a weekend or evening dress it can show a bit more skin, but I make sure that my work picks are a bit more on the conservative side to avoid dress code violations.

I’ve sung the praises of BCBGMAXAZRIA dresses in the past, I’m going to have to mention them again in a work style context. When it comes to shopping for workwear I have a few stores and brands that I return to time after time, which include Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, BCBG, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Zara.

What’s YOUR go-to work style?

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Looks of the Week – Office Style Edition

One of the easiest fashion ruts to fall into is not being creative with your work looks, whether that means defaulting to all black or never mixing in new pieces. So take some inspiration from the lovely ladies below and I challenge you to try something fun and new this week to keep your office style interesting.

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{Hands down the greatest Spring work-appropriate look I’ve seen this season. It’s bold, yes, but absolutely perfect for a fun work environment!}

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{Black & white separates are perfect for work so try mixing & matching some pieces and put together a fun new look!}

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{If you prefer a classic pencil skirt and blouse combination take a cue from Britt with this beautiful combination of color & prints. Classic, but fun & Spring-ready!}

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{A colored suit is a great option for warmer weather and while a navy or forest green work well for a number of offices, if you work in entertainment, fashion or other more casual fields you could try a bold hue like We Wore What’s pink Walter Baker suit.}

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{My office staples always include chic dresses – I favor wrap dresses & sheaths with a blazer. Take your inspiration from Krystal above and find a flattering dress in a classic silhouette that you can add your repertoire.}

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What inspired you most in these pictures? If you had to try one new thing this week – What would it be?

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MCLV Style: Prim & Proper

Working in the corporate world means that¬†my office style tends towards classic and traditional – I keep my arms covered and wear knee-length skirts or dresses 4¬†– 5 days a week. But just because my style is fairly formal doesn’t mean I can’t have fun with work fashion!

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Embellished Empire-Waist Dress РDonna Ricco from Nordstrom, T-Strap Heels РZara, Top-Handle Handbag РZara, Black Leather Bow HeadbandBanana Republic, Geometric Gold Bracelet РBCBG, Gold Wrap Ring РJewelMint & Black Bow Ring РForever 21}

{You can view this outfit on both Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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What drew me to this was the embellished empire waist, it gave the retro-silhouetted¬†dress a little something extra. And because the waist is already so dramatic¬†I usually skip the necklaces with this dress and just pile on bracelets and rings. Or in this case, a black faux leather bow headband – J’adore! <3

What’s the dress code in your office? Do you usually dress formally, informally, or business casual like me? Do you have a work “uniform” that you usually wear?

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Looks of the Week: Pants Edition

This Looks of the Week¬†post is going to be all about PANTS. As you’re stocking up your wardrobe for Fall you’re going to be seeing lots of pants in stores – Every variety you can imagine, from faux leather and brilliantly colored brocades to plaids, stripes, and collegiate tweeds. So before you find yourself standing in front of racks and racks of pants feeling overwhelmed, why not spend some quality time getting inspired by how other fashionable ladies are wearing theirs this season?

Embellished or studded pants are a fun style for weekends. You can go full-on rock n’ roll or you can keep things polished with a trench and classic white button down like in this shot. The look is chic and timeless, but still has an edge.

Holiday sweaters don’t have to be tacky – They can just as easily be the kind of cute pieces that you look forward to wearing all year! This oversized reindeer sweater paired with black leggings and cute flat booties is the perfect look for the holiday season. Festive but oh-so-cute.

If you’re brave enough for a bold animal print than this is the look for you.¬†Take a tip from Lysana, she keeps the look from being over-the-top with minimal chunky gold accessories, a basic black sweater, and cute flat boots.

If you’re thinking about what styles of pants are work-appropriate¬†this shot is a great example of how to make a slim pair of pants fit that bill. Her killer styling keeps the look fun, but still formal enough for a business casual office. The over-the-shoulder bag and similarly colored knee-high boots are the perfect accessories while the chic tweed blazer from H&M tops the look off perfectly.

Plaid shirts aren’t just for trips to the cabin anymore, with seriously cute versions available¬†now¬†you can pair one with virtually any bottoms for a chic, stylish weekend look. This look is spiced up all the more with lacy Dolce & Gabbana¬†ankle boots and a killer Proenza¬†Schouler handbag.

They may say “No White After Labor Day” but this amazing white-pants look will change your mind in a heartbeat. The mixture of prints, colors, and textures makes this look fun and interesting – Chambray polka dot blouse, leopard print heels, a red knit sweater, and white denim all come together to make the perfect look.

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Are you inspired to try a new pair of pants now that you’ve gotten a chance to check out these fun looks? What is¬†the first style, fabric, or silhouette pant that you’d like to try for Fall 2012?

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Links You’ll Love

Health & Fitness:

Dark Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Bread

I was quite the little baker this Summer and I have to say that this was one of the tastiest and most creative recipes that I tried out РDark Chocolate Cherry Zucchini Bread.

A short, energizing yoga workout is a great way to de-stress and stretch out after a long day at the office in your desk chair – Women’s Health yoga video.

Love Thy Self! Gala Darling agrees and wants to help you – 10 Radical Self Love Exercises To Boost Your Summer Lovin’!

A vegetable stir fry with either a grain or soy, tempeh, or tofu is one of my favorite quick & easy mid-week dinners so I enjoy finding new sauces and combinations to try out, like Peas And Thank You’s Szechuan Broccoli and Quinoa.

You don’t need a full hour for a workout to be beneficial, fit in some walking and short bursts of exercise whenever you can! Before work, during your lunch break, before a class starts – Get Fit In Only Fifteen Minutes.

Fashion:

Being able to break out all of your jeans is one of the fun things about Fall dressing. Check out FabSugar’s¬†The Ultimate Fall Denim Guide ‚ÄĒ Every Trend, Cut, Color, and Fit.

My favorite part about Fall is the outerwear¬†– I love full ankle-length coats, peacoats, trenches, blazers, basically anything that I can get my hands on –¬†Coat Check: How to Take Your Look in a Ladylike Direction.

Most of us wish we could get more sleep, so why not save a few precious minutes in the morning by speeding up your beauty and makeup routine? How To Do Your Makeup In 5 Minutes (Really!)

Dressing for work doesn’t need to be boring, from colorful separates to chic suits to fabulous sheath dresses, Harper’s Bazaar has the answers – Stylish Work Clothes.

Our 6 Favorite Breast Cancer Awareness Products

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month with some stylish pink finds – From beauty products to accessories and jewelry, no matter what you’re in the mood for you can support this great cause. Mama’s A Rolling Stone – Our 6 Favorite Breast Cancer Awareness Products.

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