In our past lives as investment bankers, Saifra and I had to learn how to strike the perfect balance of being fashionable as well as professional without looking frumpy. The term “business casual” could sometimes make the task of getting dressed even more complicated. After years of reworking our style, we fell into a wardrobe groove where our clothes were appropriate for both meetings in the office as well as for meeting with friends for a bite after work. One of the wardrobe rules that we religiously stuck to was to dress for the job you aspire to have. With a busy schedule, like most working women have, it was important to not only have easy pieces that were easily transferable into multiple different outfits, but also for them to be well tailored, structured and made of flattering materials (i.e. clothes with a small percentage of jersey, lycra or spandex for give. Who wants to be uncomfortable all day?). When it comes to a professional wardrobe, think simple pieces- blazers, straight leg or wide leg slacks, button down shirts, silk blouses, wrap dresses, silk cardigans in classic and some bright colors- black, white, grey, red, green, pink. Accessories are a must, statement necklaces, stud earrings, a good pair of black pumps and a classic shaped purse (i.e. satchel) can add a lot of style mileage with minimal work. Below are some great office picks that can also transform into post work ensembles.
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