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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

{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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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Work Style With Lan Jaenicke

I recently shared two of my favorite boldly colored Lan Jaenicke jackets with you – Aubergine & Chartreuse – So today I thought we’d chat about the separates living underneath those fabulous coats.

If you work in an office with a business or business casual dress code like I do РYou end up living in separates. My closet is filled with simple pieces that can be quickly and effortlessly thrown together. You want pieces that are chic and flattering, and that go with everything in your closet to save you precious minutes in the morning.

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 {Skirt, sweater & pearls from Lan Jaenicke РYou can browse these stunning pieces & more here and find shops that carry Lan Jaenicke here}

Work Style Lan Jaenicke San Francisco Fashion Blogger Street Style Workwear

Bracelet – Ann Taylor

Ring РKamryn Dame {Find more Kamryn Dame here}

Nude Heels – MICHAEL Michael Kors

Bag – Longchamp Le Pliage Tote

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

This pencil skirt fit like a dream – And honestly, there are few things greater than a killer pencil skirt – But it was the chic little sweater that I really fell in love with. The red stripe up the back is perfection. It retains its classic esthetic and goes with everything, but the splash of crimson gives it a little something extra. Not to mention the vertical line is incredibly flattering!

Pair these basics with nude heels and a simple tote and you’re ready for the office –¬†Just add outerwear!

Do basic black separates fit into YOUR work style?

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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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MCLV Style: Workin’ That Tee

Last year I published a post called What NOT To Wear To Work where I discussed, among other things, whether or not a T-shirt could be considered appropriate office attire. Ultimately my conclusion was that while casual graphic and burn-out tees were out of the question unless you work in fashion-forward industries like fashion, music, or film, there were appropriate possibilities out there if you looked hard enough and styled them properly.


To make this type of look work you just need to keep the pieces clean and simple, and go for a thick, well-made shirt in an appropriate cut, color, and silhouette for the occasion.

In this case I went with a royal purple Zara Basics t-shirt with cap-sleeves paired with a basic black pencil skirt, round-toed pumps, and a vintage-inspired gold belt.

Tee –¬†Zara Basics, Pencil Skirt – Zara, Pumps – Franco Sarto, Bracelets¬†– JewelMint, Vintage, & Forever 21, Rings – Vintage, Multi-Strand Gold Necklace – Express, and Retro Gold Belt¬†– BCBG

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu, shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder, or click the hyperlinks above for some comparable pieces that you can buy.

And believe me, I’m not the only one who enjoys a good tee. Mixing high and low, like adding a basic shirt into a work or night out look, is an art form practiced by many.

A loosely fitted highlighter colored t-shirt can keep a slouchy black suit from being boring or too business-like.

Old-school denim overalls are perfect for a hot summer day and a little white tee is the perfect finishing touch.

If you’re going to work a layering look nothing beats a basic t-shirt. It’s the perfect building block!

You can even roll up the sleeves of your basic t-shirt to give it a more unique and one-of-a-kind feeling.

What better than a basic white tee to pair with denim cut-offs and a vintage style leopard print coat for a walk on the streets of New York City.

Even high-end designers like Oscar de la Renta¬†can’t help but enjoy a good striped tee.


Are you creative when it comes to building new and fun looks using your favorite tees? What do you think about wearing a T-shirt to work – ya or nay?

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