A Work Outfit That's A Lil' Bit Of Play, Too

We all know that plain, white button-downs and navy pants are safe, no-brainer options for the office. They'll work any day of the week — and any time of the year, for that matter. But, that doesn't mean you can't have a little fun here and there with your 9-to-5 attire. Try layering these staples with a short-sleeved, variegated-stripe top — like this style from Thakoon Addition's spring '14 line — for extra (and slightly nautical) interest, which is perfect for the impending warm weather. The addition of small, spiky studs and open-toe oxfords will provide a bit of edge without overstepping the limits of your work place's dress code. Altogether, it's an outfit that will garner tons of compliments no matter where you wear it.
ThakoonAddition_collagePhoto: Courtesy of Thakoon Addition.
Thakoon Addition Variegated-Stripe Top, $300, available at Moda Operandi; Gap Roll-Sleeve Henley, $54.95, available at Gap; Zara Two-Ply Trousers, $59.90, available at Zara; Marc by Marc Jacobs Crackled Leather Open-Toe Oxfords, $348, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; H&M Handbag $24.95, available at H&M; Collette Ishiyama Saber Studs, $90, available at Collete Ishiyama.
2. Rebecca Taylor Gives The Sporty Trend A Ladylike Touch
Though she's known for her ultra-feminine clothes, even Rebecca Taylor has given her spring wares a sporty flair this season. From Wang to Lim to [insert designer name here], the popular athletic trend is a style that keeps on giving. So, it's refreshing to see it take on a ladylike vibe — sans sneakers, sweatshirts, or the like. Taylor's blush-pink blazer, mesh-type tee, and bohemian-esque boyfriend jeans are essentially your new (and improved) denim-and-jacket pairing. Finish with metallic sandals and a pretty satchel for a laid-back and effortless style you can wear out shopping, to drinks, or even to work, if your company keeps a relaxed dress code. Yep, it's an outfit you'll happily sport everywhere.
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Rebecca Taylor Double Breasted Jacket, $425, available at Rebecca Taylor; Goldsign for J.Crew Stevie Jean, $268, available at J.Crew; Topshop Burnout Spot Tee, $52, available at Topshop; Banana Republic Annabele Satchel, $198, available at Banana Republic; Deena & Ozzy Treaded Cross-Strap Sandal $49, available at Urban Outfitters.
3. Opening Ceremony's Very Tempting Argument Against LBDs
Yes, our trusty LBD is conveniently stored in our closets for easy access. But, no, we will not be resurrecting this tried-and-true number for dinner and drinks yet again this weekend. Now that spring is beginning to take root, we're punching up our wardrobe's color profile, and this zippy Opening Ceremony getup is pretty fetching, don't you think? The reds, the blues, the glitter! This is one sartorial sweet spot we most definitely want to hit in the coming months as we take on those gallery openings or fancy dinners. Pair your optical skirt with a cherry-red blouse, standout accessories — like these Wanderluster earrings and sparkly Anya Hindmarch clutch — and, perhaps, an unexpected-but-totally-chic nail hue, too. Hello, color!
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Zara Loose Fit Blouse, $69.90, available at Zara; Opening Ceremony Knee-Length Skirt, $548, available at The Corner; Wanderluster Sequoias Earrings, $85, available at Wanderluster; Joie Jaclyn Heels, $295, available at Joie; Illamasqua Rubber Finish Nail Varnish, $17, available at Sephora; Anya Hindmarch Silver Glitter Fabric Valorie Clutch, $550, available at Stylebop.
4. The Cool-Girl Accessories Your Tank-Top Outfit Needs
Okay, so, a tank top and cargo pants aren’t pieces that generally warrant much fashion praise. But, a few clever accessory swaps — basically, ditch the hoodie and sneakers — will breathe new life into these tried-and-true basics. Take Elizabeth and James' understated spring ’14 collection: A heather-gray sleeveless tee and army-green skinnies feel instantly cooler paired with an oversized choker, sexy black heels, and a perforated backpack. It’s too simple to fail and probably something you already own as well. Which is why we recommend giving this look a try for the warm-weather weekend ahead.
EJ_collagePhoto: Courtesy of Elizabeth and James.
Uniqlo Supima Cotton Sleeveless Top, $9.90, available at Uniqlo; TNA Steen Pant, $95, available at Aritzia; Elizabeth and James Cynnie Perforated Sling Backpack, $595, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Forever 21 Sparkle and Shine Chain Necklace $9.80, available at Forever 21; Loeffler Randall Lillit Kitten Heel Sandal, $295, available at Loeffler Randall.
5. A Pretty, Printed Bomber You'll Want To Wear Everywhere
A great spring jacket is essentially the holy grail of transitional-weather dressing. Okay, okay, maybe that's a bit of an overstatement, but hear us out. As milder temperatures slowly become the norm, our heavier coats simply don't cut it anymore. But, going outside sans topper isn't too peachy either. So, happening upon a jacket of the perfect weight and in a style we love is reason enough to be excited: This pretty, printed bomber from Mother of Pearl's spring '14 collection is on another level. Style it with cropped, pastel pants; a pajama-style button-down; and pink, pointed flats — now we've got a look we'll definitely wear for casual Friday this week.
MotherOfPearl_collagePhoto: Courtesy of Mother of Pearl.
Mother of Pearl Alph Printed Sateen Bomber Jacket, $1,210, available at Net-A-Porter; Talula Los Feliz Pant, $65, available at Aritzia; J.Crew Pearl Drop Earrings, $35, available at J.Crew; New Look White Short Sleeve Boxy Shirt, $24.95, available at New Look; Whistles Lorna Flat Point Slingback, $190, available at Whistles.

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