Rich, sumptuous velvet is a sure thing for fall 2017. Look for the fabric in office-friendly pieces like tailored suiting, and follow the same approach you usually do to telegraph you’re in command: Pair similar fabrics for a cohesive vibe and favor clean lines like a single-button blazer and straight-leg trousers.
For a more relaxed office, play up the trend factor via a bold silhouette. A knee-length dress layered over loose trousers is an undeniably chic attention-grabber; just keep accessories to a minimum to avoid looking costume-y.
Left: Frame blazer, $575, nordstrom.com; Frame pants, similar at nordstrom.com; Cinq à Sept top, $295, nordstrom.com; Mercedes Castillo shoes, $325, mercedescastillo.com
Right: Rejina Pyo dress, $980, rejinapyo.com; Veronica Beard pants, similar at nordstrom.com, Kuho shoes, ssfshop.com
The Trend: Glitter Boots
Super sparkly boots were one of the runway’s highest wattage trends—and seemingly its least office-appropriate. To make it work, limit the square inches allotted. Wear a high pair with a calf-length skirt, and rely on classics to finish the look. For a subtler take, find a metallic ankle bootie in a sock style.
Left: Frame top, similar at nordstrom.com; NO.21 pants, $580, numeroventuno.com; Nine West boots, $100, nordstrom.com
Right: Iro coat, iro-paris.com; Helmut Lang shirt, $345, nordstrom.com; Aalto skirt, aaltointernational.com; Brother Vellies boots, similar at nordstrom.com
The Trend: Couch Florals
It’s useless trying to subdue large-scale floral patterns; embrace their boldness instead. If your workplace is conservative, try a statement coat in the pattern—you’ll make an impression coming and going, with an outfit underneath that fits the MO of your particular office.
When mining inspiration from sofas and side chairs, don’t get tied up in the “floral” part—a graphic print with petal-like swirls has the same effect. If you’re in a creative field, pick a statement number from the fall collections (with matching accessories if you’re feeling especially daring).
Left: Diane von Furstenberg dress, $500, nordstrom.com; Diane von Furstenberg shoes, $700, dvf.com
Right: Cinq à Sept coat, $1,295, cinqasept.nyc
The Trend: Fishnets
Let fishnets be an accent, not the main player, to avoid raising eyebrows. Layer them under cropped trousers and slide on heels (as London’s coolest style stars have been doing for seasons).
If the risqué nature of fishnets will never fly with your work’s HR department, consider their most barely-there version: skin-toned nude. It would take a good style study to really notice them, but be honest: The coworkers you’re dressing for are the ones who’d take the time to see a carefully considered accent.
Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim skirt and top, similar at nordstrom.com; Free People fishnets, $12, nordstrom.com; Mercedes Castillo shoes, $325, nordstrom.com
Right: A.L.C. pants, $995, nordstrom.com; Helmut Lang top, similar at nordstrom.com; Veronica Beard blazer, similar at nordstrom.com; Via Spiga shoes, $275, viaspiga.com; Capelli fishnets, $10, nordstrom.com; Castlecliff earrings, $125, castlecliff.com
The Trend: Power Red
Red on its own isn’t revolutionary for work, but all-over crimson? Rely on separates to subtly break up the monochromatic moment, and go with natural fabrics like silk, cotton, or wool to avoid the cheap sheen that can come with some synthetics. If your officemates appreciate a strong sartorial sense, pick your boldest cherry reds and layer them together. Beyond doubling up on the color of the season, it’s a styling trick that keeps warmer weather pieces in play longer.
GREY Jason Wu dress, nordstrom.com; Helmut Lang top, $210, nordstrom.com
Frame blazer, $575, nordstrom.com; Cinq à Sept top, $295, nordstrom.com; Syd and Pia earrings, sydnadpianyc.com
Styling by Rachael Wang, Hair by Joey George, Makeup by Junko Kioka
BY LEAH MELBY CLINTON
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