The basic looks professional, and it also serves as a no-fail canvas for more inventive accessories, like a brightly-colored necklace or pair of shoes.
For something different from the typical blazer, consider Helmut Lang’s slouchy wool jacket, which is discounted until August 1 at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. The asymmetrical collar offers a unique look without appearing sloppy.
Need a go-to bag? Burberry‘s black patent leather shopper is fail-safe. It’s big enough to carry all of your essentials without being bulking, and the lady-like, boxy style is totally on-trend for fall.
Need something to wear under that blazer? ALC makes great knit dresses that transition beautifully to evening when you pile on the jewelry. This particular style is hip without feeling forced. Chunky heels are a must.
If you are indeed in the market for a pair of sturdy heels, consider Stuart Weitzman’s “Tiebow” bootie. The oxford style adds a menswear slant, and the generous platform keeps them comfortable.
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