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Summer’s Not Over Yet — 8 Fresh Looks You’ll Want Now

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    Let’s face it: Dressing for work can feel like the first task on a very overwhelming to-do list. Whether you’re following a strict corporate dress code or tempting HR side-eye with a crop top, coming up with five outfits each week is no easy task. At least until you meet Mary Orton of The Classy Cubicle.

    She took the challenge of weekday dressing and turned it into an opportunity to rethink her office style — trading starched button-downs for silk bomber jackets, stiff work bags for grown-up backpacks, and a job on Wall Street for blogging. Now her full-time gig and our constant source of 9-to-5 style inspiration, The Classy Cubicle reaffirms what we knew all along: Unexpected combos like Birks and a midi can look professional.

    Her put-together polish doesn't stop at the board room, though. She owns it in her down time, too (yes, even while whipping up pancakes at home). So, while we imagined a weekend without sweatpants, she curated eight polished on- and off-duty looks with her favorite picks from T.J.Maxx. Ahead, Orton schools us on how to truly dress to impress. Follow her lead, and before you know it, fielding compliments will be your full-time job.


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    The Scene: Smelling the roses
    Her Must-Have: The leather backpack

    There are a handful of things in life that are guaranteed to make people smile: puppies, babies, Ryan Gosling — and fresh flowers. With her Insta feed as digital proof, Orton has a weakness for peeping bright blooms on her commute. Her on-the-go bag of choice? A grown-up backpack. “I am so on board with the leather backpack trend,” says Orton. “It's a great piece that you can wear casually on the weekends, but also use to add the perfect pop of color to a dressier weekday wardrobe."

    Bag, dress, and shoes courtesy of T.J.Maxx.

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    "This piece has a really attractive almost shapeless structure, which makes it really comfortable to carry,” says Orton.

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    The Scene: Post-brunch boutique-hopping
    Her Must-Have: The laid-back lace skirt

    How do you top a morning filled with friends, French toast, and a cup (or three) of coffee? Preferably, with as many bags of new clothes as your weary arms can carry. To transition from dressy brunch to dressing rooms, go for a piece that's on-trend but still has a little give. “The skirt is classy, but also super comfortable — the elastic waist makes it so you can whip in and out of that puppy when you’re trying things on,” Orton says.

    Shirt, skirt, shoes, and bag courtesy of T.J.Maxx.

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    “A lot of designers are using lace right now, and I think this is a beautiful way to do it — white on white with a textured design that sets the two pieces apart,” says Orton.

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    The Scene: Pliés at the barre
    Her Must-Have: The cowl-neck cover-up

    Sometimes, the hardest part about working out is the warm-up — that is, what you wear to warm up. Sweats leave you too, well, sweaty, and going sans layers doesn't always prepare you to go from a stroll to a full-on sprint without pulling a hamstring. A regular at her local barre class, Orton has mastered the art of the warm-up just as well her ballerina-esque plié: The secret is in the fabric. "I'm a fan of wearing long sleeves until my muscles are really fired up, so a lightweight mesh is key," says Orton.

    Pants, tank, long-sleeve top, and sports bra courtesy of T.J.Maxx.