Work-Approved Style For Any Chicago Office

Keeping your style fresh at work can be a tricky balancing act: Melding your personal style with deadlines and endless conference calls isn't always a seamless affair. But remember, long hours and lame dress-codes never have to impede (too much!) on your flair for fashion. That's why we've done some dirty work and whipped up a trio of snazzy work-approved looks that are sure to inspire you and your co-workers. Raise, anyone?
Business/Corporate
If your daily commute delivers you right to the heart of The Loop, chances are you've got some stringent office style rules to follow. You might think that expressing your sartorial views should take a backseat to looking polished and professional, but our look is a hybrid that satisfies your fashion cravings without drawing the unwanted stink-eye from your boss. Bonus: This look is perfect for job interviews, too!
Nouvelle jacket in superfine cotton, $178, available at J. Crew. Sofia Trousers, $237.46, available at L.K. Bennett. Paramour bag by Rebecca Minkoff, $495, available at Zappos. Yves Saint Laurent Tribtoo platform slingback, $795, available at Nordstrom.
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Media/Start-Up
You're not cubicle-bound, but you're not rolling up to work in cutoffs and flip-flops either. Working in the start-up world requires a high level of hustle but allows for a little more style leniency. Workplace fashion (thankfully) goes far beyond pantsuits and briefcases, so there's no reason to turn your mornings into a boring wardrobe work-over. Try out on-trend separates and a keep-it-forever bag, and you might actually look forward to another day at the office.
Lewis Dress by Elise Bergman, $298, available at Roslyn. Marsi Jacket, $368.48, available at L.K. Bennett. PS1 bag by Proenza Schouler, $1,595, available at Proenza Schouler. Opening Ceremony par Robert Clergerie Sunny Heeled Sandal, $685, available at Opening Ceremony. Arrowhead Amulet by Dream Collective, $135, available at Need Supply Co.
Creative/Freelance
You're living the dream of being your own boss, but you need to look the part of the professional and innovative mover-shaker that you are. Even more important, you want to express yourself and your creativity to potential clients, and what better way than through your work-wear? Test drive this look fit for most creative freelancers, and get to work. Don't forget to tuck a standout portfolio in your bag, too.
On Point Linen Jacket, available at NastyGal. Wilfred Bastille Pant, $115, available at Aritzia. Tarrytown Laptop Janine, $445, available at Kate Spade. Brass Double Spike Bracelet by K/ller Collection, $92, available at Need Supply Co. TRUHE sandal, $100, available at Aldo.
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