Victoria Beckham’s biz style

Victoria Beckham has some seriously chic business style.  Whether a pencil skirt or sheath dress, she pulls it off like nobody else’s business.  Early this year, Victoria perfectly accented her printed sheath with a vivid burgundy bag and cardigan – the season’s hottest hue.  A belt and a pair of nude pumps tie the whole look together while keeping the accessories to a minimum with just a watch.  Get the look!

Dress 1 | Dress 2 | Cardigan | Watch | Bag | Belt | Pumps

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Business Blouses- Chic Layers for Under your Suit

You can add a fresh look to your business suits with colorful blouses and unique patterns. For the warmer months, we recommend sleeveless shells or short and cap sleeve blouses. They eliminate bulk and with the right styling still look professional under your suit jacket.

Banana Republic Silk pleated bib top Banana Republic Watercolor print tank

A customer favorite, this Banana Republic Silk pleated bib top is easy and comfortable with a knit body. Since it is constructed in a more casual fabric, we recommend layering it under a suit jacket you can button for meetings. The silk neckline will stand out under your blazer. Banana Republic Watercolor print tank is more versatile in a soft print and neutral color palette.  It is also available in Tulle Pink if you would like to add a soft touch of color.

Elementz Top, Sleeveless Pleated Mockneck from Macy’s has a conservative neckline allowing for a more punched up color. This style also comes in a vibrant chartreuse. When wearing a blouse with a more voluminous neckline, like this Alfani Top, Printed Silk Cowl Neck Shell, pair it with a jacket you prefer to wear open.

Ruffle Panel Front Top from The Limited combines both pattern and unique styling.  We would wear a blouse like this under a tan, white, or black suit. In a more contemporary office, add a bit of shine with this Romantic Ruffle Top.

In buttercup stretch georgette this sleeveless button-front blouse has a tie at the ruffled neckline. We love how chic it looks tucked into a high waist skirt. By adding a blazer, Antonio Melani “Baylee” Blouse is office ready.  Also found at Dillard’s, Antonio Melani “Jackson” Blouse layers beautifully with Spring’s neutral shades.

By adding a touch of color or subtle print to your suits they will feel fresh for the office. Sleeveless styles can also be layered under cardigans for more casual days. We have a large selection of Workchic Tops available on our site. If you work in a more conservative office select one element to accent. The more contemporary your office environment the more you can play with color and patterns. Use your judgment to select the perfect blouse to update your professional suits. If you have questions about identifying your environment, send us an email, or leave a comment below. Remember, business does not have to be boring. Add your personal style and give your professional look confidence!

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Corner Office Style: Spring Jackets

If you have the luxury of a corner office, you should have the wardrobe to match. If you’re still striving for that big promotion, start dressing the part now! Today we are going to look at Spring jackets perfect for mixing and matching into business professional outfits. Since we know office environments can vary from classic and conservative to trendy and fashion conscience, we are going to look at a variety of jackets.

In a conservative office or industry, find subtle details that interest you in classic silhouettes. Here we feature a Stand Collar One Button Jacket in a classic charcoal hue. A light grey color is a more subtle for Spring.  This Two Button Jacket With Triangle Side Seams is updated with a double collar and slanted pockets.

Stand Collar One Button Jacket Two Button Jacket With Triangle Side Seams, Ships 3/10

Contemporary styles move away from classic silhouettes but fashion details remain tailored. This Zip Front Blazer plays on the safari jacket trend for Spring.  Linen Asymmetrical Wrap Jacket stays professional in mink brown.

Zip Front Blazer, Ships 3/10 Linen Asymmetrical Wrap Jacket

Pattern and texture add another level to contemporary styles. Black & White Embroidered Matka Jacket plays on plaid and polka dot allowing you to mix patterns in one simple piece. Pair this with a solid blouse for the office.  Boucle is back for Spring in fresh colors like the warm ochre blended with soft yellow in this Baroness Tweed Jewel Neck Jacket from Jones New York.

Black & White Embroidered Matka Jacket, Ships 3/4 Baroness Tweed Jewel Neck Jacket

While we are suggesting these jackets for business offices, they can easily be mixed and matched with skirts or chinos for both business casual and casual outfits. Try wearing a boucle jacket with dark wash denim and a subtle graphic tee to update your Casual Friday look. Happy Shopping!

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Does your Suit suit you?

When buying a business suit it is important to find a style that fits you. If you are petite you want to give the illusion of a long and lean silhouette. If you are curvy you want to work with your curves to accentuate them in an appropriate way. We have tips to help you make sure your next suit fits right.

Petite Business Suit
Petite Business Suit by Workchic featuring J Crew

If you have a small and petite frame a pinstripe suit will elongate your look.  You can go with one or two button blazers but find a style with princess seams. These allow for easier tailoring to shape the jacket to your body. Trousers should be a slim fit with a straight or narrow leg. Sharp oxfords continue the long line. We went with a simple v-neck tee and made this chic tapestry necklace from JaLa Designs the focal point.

Business Suit for Busty Frame
Business Suit for Busty Frame by Workchic featuring DKNY

If you are more curvy or busty, double breasted blazers help keep your look buttoned up and professional. We paired it with a pencil skirt to add more femininity. This jacket also has seeming to counture your waist into the skirt.  A printed blouse will pop underneath a buttoned up blazer.  Highlight the look with two toned earrings from Twisted Silver. We also found some bracelets with this effect. The rest of the accessories are simple and chic in black.

Long and Lean Business Suit
Long and Lean Business Suit by Workchic featuring J Crew

If you have a long and lean silhouette, brake up the line with darker trousers. We also went with a peplum jacket for soft curves. Three quarter sleeves means you don’t have to worry about the length. We paired the wide leg pants with a pointed toe ballet flat. To pop this outfit we selected a plum blouse and matching bracelets.

We’ve shown you navy pinstripes, black double breasted, and khaki peplum jacketed suits. Each style has it’s own unique details to help you look taller, slimmer, or softer and more feminine.  Dress your unique frame with the style that will accentuate your assets while maintaining your professional image. Then visit your tailor to make sure the fit is perfect!

We have more business suits available in different sizes through out our site. You can also visit our recommended tailor list to find a qualified seamstress in your area. Remember if the suit fits… buy it!

Workchic Lawyer

Summer does not make wearing suits a whole lot of fun. Unfortunatly most days this is your required ensemble. Don’t worry cooler fall temps are right around the corner; but for now we need to get you into Workchic Summer suits. Lawyers, legal aids, and even judges are required to keep a business professional demeanor in and out of the courtroom.

When you think of wool, you usually think winter. Wool is a natural fiber and will breathe better then synthetics in hot temperatures. Plus it will keep you comfortable if you are in a room with heavy air conditioning.  Look for suits in light weight wool for the summer months.  This style from Charles Tyrwhitt has a traditional pinstripe on light grey. The pants are only lined to the knee for added breath-ability.  Soft Pink gives some subtle color to a grey suit. This style from Thomas Pink has three quarter sleeves so that it is still professional if you take off your jacket, yet cooler with it on.  We finished the look with an Anne Klein pointed toe pump and simple silver jewelery.

Light Weight Grey Suit

Light Grey Stripe Lightweight Wool Trouser
Light Grey Stripe Lightweight Wool Jacket
Pink Strada Plain Women's 3/4 Length Sleeve Shirt

Women’s shoes: AK Anne Klein Christa – Black leather

Sterling Silver Fancy Oval Links Necklace – 17

Kenneth Cole New York KC4497 (Women’s) – Stainless Steel/Natural

Another great fabric in the summer is cotton. Again this is a natural fiber. Most styles that you find will be blended to improve the structure and hand of the garment. The style we found at Banana Republic is Cotton/Rayon/Spandex.  We like the moonlight shade as opposed to white or khaki. Offsetting the light color with a deep plum blouse gives the suit dimension.  We kept the belt and shoes in neutral shades and picked the plum back up in a structured tapestry tote for holding important paperwork.

Cotton Business Suit

Women: Sleek flap-pocket blazer – Moonlight

Women: 718 Martin sleek straight pant – Moonlight

Women: Linen/cotton embroidered blouse – Black raspberry

Women’s Merona Trouser Buckle Belt – Tan
Bandolino Women’s Jaelle Detailed Sling

Women’s handbags: 7 For All Mankind Malabo Tote – Berry

If you have any casual days in the office, this probably actually means business casual. We still would not pull out blue jeans. Try a nice pencil skirt and ruffled blouse instead.  This skirt has a sophisticated herringbone pattern. To give the neutral outfit some personal style we added a satchel with woven salmon sides and multi colored clover bracelet.

Pencil Skirt and Ruffled Blouse

Antonio Melani “Ramsey” Pencil Skirt
ABS by Allen Schwartz Ruffled Blouse
Charles By Charles David Women’s Pompadour Pump

Women’s handbags: 7 For All Mankind Leather Link Satchel – salmon/khaki

Liz Claiborne New York Wide Bangle Bracelet
Liz Claiborne New York Interlock Earrings

Working in a law firm and looking Workchic, no problem! You have all the tools you need to dress to impress this summer. Remember natural fibers will be more comfortable and keep you cool in heated situations.