When your sartorial wiggle room is as big as a cubicle, it's hard to stay on top of your fashion game. But fear not, office goddesses—we're working to figure out how to crack the corporate dress code without falling victim to a five-day pantsuit. For this edition, we looked towards Financial Consulting Analyst Margot Beldengreen, who doesn't let a strict level of professionalism get in the way of her flair for the glamorous. Read on for Margot's tips to mastering two Perfect Office Outfits (as well as tips for hopping from boardroom to barside, without having to do an entire outfit switch!).
On Margot: Robert Rodriguez Dress (rented from Rent the Runway), All Saints Trench Coat, Forever21 Shoes, Forever21 Purse, Hue Tights, Lanciani Watch. Products, from left to right: Joie Mary Jane Pumps, $124.31, available at Bloomingdale's; Old Navy Skirted Trench Coat, $49, available at Old Navy; Miss Selfridge Snakeskin Clutch, $27.98, available at Miss Selfridge; Robert Rodriguez Embellished Silk Dress, $207.90, available at The Outnet.
"You know that designer dress you have dreams about wearing, but costs as much as this month’s rent? I like to think of Rent the Runway as my fashion Fairy Godmother—a fantastic resource for finding that perfect outfit for special occasions without breaking the bank. While I usually do not wear anything short to work, I had an event that night, and found that adding opaque tights and a blazer helped to make the Robert Rodriguez dress more office-appropriate. I love the detail on this dress so much, it's really comfortable and versatile for day or night."
On Margot: Pins and Needles Blazer, Elie Tahari Top, Clavin Klein Skirt, Forever21 Belt, CC Skype Purse, Charles David Shoes. Products, from left to right: H&M Blazer, $23.30, available in store at H&M; Diane von Furstenberg Belt, $175, available at Stylebop; Fiorelli Warhol Ziptop Grab Bag, $137.21, available at ASOS; Alice + Olivia Pencil Skirt, $240, available at Nordstrom.
"As a consultant, I work on-site at the clients’ office. It is imperative, therefore, that I adjust my office attire to reflect the client’s culture. As a general rule, it is always better dress more conservatively at work than to not. In other words, if you have to think about whether or not an article of clothing is appropriate for work, you are better off wearing something else.
"I enjoy the way this outfit provides a contrast to the standard white top with black bottom everyone regularly wears. This look is feminine without being inappropriate, but I’ll usually wear it towards the end of the week when I don’t have meetings, just in case. And the blazer is an absolute wardrobe staple as the strong shoulders help to elongate my proportions. It’s just soooo fetch (Yes, I am trying to make 'fetch' happen)."