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MCLV Style: Work Wear

I love dresses.

I love bohemian maxi dresses. I love flirty little black mini dresses. I love retro-inspired midi-length dresses.

So at what point am I especially smitten with dresses?

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Lulu Vintage Style Dress Wide Collar and Side c/o Adelyn San Francisco

Cap-Toed Pumps – Prada

Navy Satchel Handbag – MICHAEL Michael Kors

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When I’m getting ready for work, that’s when!

There is nothing easier than just grabbing a dress in the morning and simply walking out the door. It’s just one piece. There’s no early morning matching necessary. There’s no need to mix together separates. And there’s absolutely no stress.

And when you work long hours that begin well before the sun rises, not adding unnecessary stress to your dressing process each day is the name of the game.

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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

This retro-inspired navy number from Adelyn San Francisco is the ideal frock for a business casual office situation. This shade of blue is subtle and works with neutral, black, or metallic hues, and the neckline is flattering. I adore the feel of old-school glamour that I get as soon as I put it on.

And the ultimate bonus? It has pockets!

What do YOU wear to work? Are you as big a fan of dresses as I am?

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Maria Pinto M2057

Today I’m here to introduce you to an exciting new designer – Maria Pinto. Not only has she designed for big names {arguably the BIGGEST names} Oprah and Michelle Obama, she’s also designed fashions for Joffrey Ballet and The James Hotel in Chicago & the Skylark Bar in New York.

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Tamara Dress c/o Maria Pinto M2057

Black Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

 

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Her ready-to-wear capsule, titled M2057, is a beautiful collection of easy-to-wear pieces. Dresses, separates, and outerwear in bold, eye-catching colors and striking silhouettes.

The pieces have a distinctly architectural feel with an emphasis on structured silhouettes that are as flattering as they are bold.

You definitely pull out one of these frocks when you’re reading to make a statement!

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{Photography by Brad Wittke of Pacifica Gallery}

What’s so impressive about this collection is its wearability. This capsule is ideal for mixing and matching, and will even fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Throw a divine coat over jeans and a classic button-down or add one of these brightly hued dresses to your office rotation.

And luckily for all of my amazing Bay Area readers, Maria Pinto will be in San Francisco for a pop-up from February 23rd through March 1st.

And I’m thrilled to announce that yours truly will be joining her for an event on Friday, February 26th so mark your calendar!

{Additional details here}

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MCLV Style: Black and Blue

Black and blue is one of my favorite color combinations. Right after black and white. It’s a great way to add a pop of bold, eye-catching color without feeling like you’ve dressed up like a highlighter.

I have a tendency to default to head-to-toe black on a regular basis, especially on weekends, and then I feel boring. Or I feel guilty because I have closets filled with colorful and printed pieces, just hanging there, sad and neglected.

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Black and Blue Fit n Flare Dress – Gabby Skye

Black Patent Leather Pumps – Giuseppe Zanotti

Cuff – Kamryn Dame

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So when I’m not in the mood for anything too over-the-top, I’ll reach for black and blue.

What’s great about this color combination is that you can find whatever shade of blue works best for your coloring – Anything from navy to royal to baby blue!

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

This cozy little Gabby Skye Fit And Flare dress is a current favorite and I loved getting a chance to shoot it in this divine Breather space.

And in case you missed my post on Breather, you can check it out here (AND get a discount!) – Take A Breather.

What’s YOUR favorite color combination?

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MCLV Style: Office Fashion

A colorful or printed dress is my standard style for the office.

In general, I like dresses for the office because it means one piece and you’re done. There are few things less appealing at 5am than trying to mix and match separates.

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Printed Dress – BCBGMAXAZRIA

White & Nude Wedges – Naturalizer

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With a classic style like this BCBGMAXAZRIA number, it’s basically all that you need. Add some shoes – Like these neutral hued wedges – And some basic jewelry, and you’re good to go for the day.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

The other great thing about this style dress for the office is that it’s a breeze to take from work to play. Just add a bold colored lip and a pair of killer heels, and you’re ready for a night out on the town.

How do YOU approach office fashion?

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Work Etiquette

There are a few different ways to approach behavior and the establishment of an office persona in the modern working world so read on for some of my top tips and suggestions for work etiquette to get you started.

[1.] “Casual dress promotes a casual attitude.”

This is, without a doubt, my go-to slogan at the office. Obviously fashion is something that I take seriously – Hello, fashion blogger here – But the office is one place where everyone should take fashion seriously. Or, at the very least, think about their style choices. I’m not saying that you need to channel The Devil Wears Prada on a daily basis, but you need to think about what you’re wearing and what those choices say about you, your goals, and your work ethic.

Read more about this topic in the following posts:

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{Trendy Mondays: Leopard Print}

[2.] Attitude is EVERYTHING

How you interact with your colleagues – From your administrative assistant to the coffee cart operator to your boss – Can impact your career in very real ways.

Be polite. Be courteous. Be gracious. And by all means, think before you speak. If you’re frustrated and swiftly reaching the point of no return, try getting out of the office for a quick walk, calling someone to hash things out, or putting in headphones and losing yourself in music that you love. Just don’t take it out on the people around you!

[3.] Police your personal space

Even though your desk, your office, is by definition yours, you need to consider it a public space. Keep it clean, keep it organized. We all know those people who seem to thrive in the chaos of disarray, but at the office you need to consider the people around you and what your space says about you.

Do you really want your boss stopping by to chat and noticing crumbled papers on the floor, old dishes on your desk, and dusty stacks of papers taking up your work space? Of course not. So do your best to stay on top of your piles!

Missed out on some of the previous etiquette posts? Check them out here: Salon Etiquette, Gym Etiquette, and Travel Etiquette.

 What’s YOUR top tip for the office?

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