Essential #1: The Femme Blouse—Patterns are a fun way to inject acceptable sass into business attire. Another tip: Go for boardroom-friendly earth tones.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Snake-Print Blouse, $72, available at Michael Kors.
Essential #2: The Midi Skirt—The accordion folds on this camel skirt give it a 1950s feel in a camel shade that's very versatile and now. Pleats, please!
Zara Accordion Pleat Skirt, $79.90, available in Zara stores.
Essential #3: The Towering Pump—The midi's longer length can make some look shorter. Be a proactive dresser and pair it with sleek high-heeled pumps. Height is might!
Cole Haan Pump, $298, available at Piperlime.