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A Love-Hate Relationship With Fast FashionBlouse, pant, blazer, heel. This work-outfit equation is a tried-and-true standard for the majority of the professional world — and with good reason. But, that doesn't mean your wardrobe should feel stale, as if you're repurposing the same outfit every day but in a different color. So, if this hits a bit too close to home, allow us to be your sartorial guide for a fresh approach to 9-to-5 dressing. Our first pointer? Try incorporating new shapes and dimensions, like peplums and asymmetrical cuts, into your outfits to add tons of personality that your classic, pinstriped button-down simply can't compete against.
And, we're looking to this polished number from Lela Rose's resort '14 collection to do just that. The combination of geometric blouse and printed trouser brings new life to boring office staples — and without coming across as too avant-garde. The tapered cut of the top is also super flattering on just about every body type, emphasizing the natural waistline for a slimming effect. The finishing touch? A striking sweep of teal eyeshadow. The lesson: Opt for subtle styling tricks like these to elevate your sartorial savvy.Photo: Courtesy of Lela Rose.
HELMUT Helmut Lang Wool Blazer, $435, available at La Garçonne; Lela Rose Asymmetric Peaked-Peplum Blouse, $595, available at Neiman Marcus; Osman Checked Brocade Trousers, $280, available at Matches Fashion; Lancôme Color Shadow & Liner Palette in Mint Jolie, $49, available at Sephora; Chinese Laundry 'Side Kick' Pump, $69.95, available at Nordstrom; Blu Bijoux Silver Eternity Knot Stud Earrings, $22, available at Max & Chloe.