When you're an exceptionally busy person (like everyone else in D.C.), you can't limit yourself strictly to evening hours for finding romance — which is where the classic lunch date comes in. But what do you wear for a midday getting-to-know-you session? A crisp, white jacket is the perfect sartorial fix, because it doesn't scream "corporate" like a black blazer, but it's still appropriate enough for a business-casual office. We've paired it with a printed blouse, light-wash denim, understated jewelry, and a sexy (but not too sexy) heel. The clutch's bold pop of coral completes the look.
Topshop Textured Panel Blazer, $130, available at Topshop; French Connection Hatched Horses Classic Shirt, $118, available at French Connection; Bauble Bar Chunky Gold Hoops, $24, available at Bauble Bar; J Brand Bleached Out Skinny Jeans, $198, available at Intermix; Gomax Colantha 06 Heels, $69, available at Piperlime.
You can't go wrong with a palette of nearly all black and white — especially for a rock-'n'-roll show. Start with your favorite concert tee and the perfect pair of cutoffs; add some drama with a statement necklace and a punk-inspired sandal; and top it off with a structured white blazer, which adds a touch of grown-up class. A crossbody bag in a pretty shade of mint makes it easy to dance, if the spirit moves you.
Topshop Textured Panel Blazer, $130, available at Topshop; Tildon Vintage Necklace, $38, available at Nordstrom; H&M Distressed Denim Shorts, $24.95, available at H&M; Midnight Rider Waylon Signature Muscle Tee, $60, available at Bona Drag; Jeffrey Campbell Potomac Sandal, $192, available at Nasty Gal; Rebecca Minkoff Jelly Bean Cross Body Bag, $150, available at Shopbop.
It's the oldest trick in the lazy girl's book: Take practically any dress, add a blazer, and you've got a work-friendly outfit. But who says that blazer can't be crisp, cool, and thoroughly modern? Adding a white jacket to a conservative shift gives it a youthful vibe, and a colorful bag and shoe add even more upbeat attitude. Just cap it off with a classic cuff bracelet and an office-appropriate mani to make sure you stay firmly in "responsible adult" territory.
Topshop Textured Panel Blazer, $130, available at Topshop; Lela Rose Printed Cotton-Blend Dress, $1,095, available at Net-A-Porter; Forever 21 Luxe Hinged Cuff, $6.80, available at Forever 21; Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Bold Gold, $3.19, available at Drugstore.com; Dooney & Bourke Florentine Vacchetta Satchel, $398, available at Zappos; Zara High Heel Leather Court Shoe, $49.99, available at Zara.
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