So you nailed your dream job or internship, but are bored to death by the pantsuits, sweater sets, and button-downs that define “business casual”? You’re not alone. Even stars have to work it sometimes, and for press junkets, fashion launches, and special appearances they need looks that are somewhere between red carpet glam and grabbing a latte in leggings. Don’t have a stylist? Let Emmy Rossum, Clémence Poésy, and Rachel Bilson show you how to put together looks that are professional enough for work, but still playful.
Tip #1: Button up a chiffon blouse with a jacquard skirt.
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At a Jason Wu for Target launch, actress Emmy Rossum looked pretty and polished in a palette of blushes and greys, which are soft and flattering even under harsh office fluorescents. Rossum played it on the dressier side, using pieces in feminine fabrics like a chiffon blouse and jacquard pencil skirt, which give the look a classy and chic feel and could easily transition to evening drinks. Her sixties hair and earrings make the look even more fashion-forward.
1. Debenham’s Colour Block Silk Shirt – $89; 2. Forever 21 Contrast Lace Pencil Skirt – $17.80; 3. Kate Spade New York Kylie Pencil Skirt – $103; 4. Kate Spade New York Octagonal Drop Earrings – $78; 5. Diane Von Furstenberg Dusty Nude Patent Pumps – $310
Tip #2: Mix subtle patterns in muted colors.
Clémence Poésy looked tomboy-chic at the Burberry show during London Fashion Week. Her look was understated for fashion week, but perfect for the office. She picked two subtle patterns, polka dot and tweed, and mixed them effortlessly by sticking to neutral colors. Adding socks is an easy way to dress down your favorite pointed toe pumps for work.
1. Robert Rodriquez Truffle Tweed Flat Front Cropped Pants – $134; 2. ModCloth Waiting on a Park Bench Trench – $79.99; 3. Hue Sheer Ankler Socks – $6.50; 4. J. Crew Jacquard Dot Popover – $88; 5. Franco Sarto ‘Anjalli’ Pump – $99.95
Tip #3: Pick a pair of wide leg pants in a bright color.
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An easy way to make a statement at work is by wearing one bold piece. Swish through the cubicles in a pair of wide leg pants in a bright color like the pair Rachel Bilson wore to a Sunglass Hut event. She made the power suit silhouette fresh by swapping the button-down for a scoop neck tee but kept the look professional with a slouchy blazer layered over the top.
1. Anthropologie Jones Wide-Legs – $98; 2. Marc by Marc Jacobs Class Q Karlie Crossbody Flap Bag – $236; 3. Miss Selfridge Black Drape Tux Blazer – $80; 4. Aldo Martigny Peep-Toe Pumps – $110; 5. Hope Guilty Tee – $88