NY Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011

We’re staring out our review of Fashion week with one of our favorite designers, who’s classic wrap dress is an office staple. For Spring 2011 we saw a fresh take on prints that were bold yet still subdued enough for the office.  Plus the colors had a subtle vibrancy that has us looking forward to a fresh palette in the Spring.

DVF Spring 2011 DVF

There was structured tailoring but I personally leaned toward the Goddess draping. It was the perfect mix of bold pattern and feminine shape.

DVF dress DVF print

Can’t wait till Spring to score a classic DVF frock? Shop these Workchic pieces and wear them to the office now.

DVF wrap sweater Diane von Furstenberg Pialla Dress Diane von Furstenberg Bec Dress

To catch up on Diane von Furstenberg’s line for Fall, check out our previous review DVF Fall 2010. Stay tuned for more coverage of New York Fashion Week.

(photos from Style.com)

Accessorize a Sheath Dress

A simple sheath dress is the perfect staple for any office. With a few accessories you can take a basic dress and give it a new style.

Hourglass-Business Office

Hourglass-Business Office by Workchic featuring Jil Sander dresses

Here we took a pleated dress and added 3 different styles of shoes to update the look. It’s a perfect example of how shoes can change the look and feel of an outfit. For a business office we recommend adding a blazer and utilizing the high stakes heels from modcloth.com. We had some fun with a statement necklace in lavender hues that goes perfectly with the smoke print heels and peep toe style.

Pleated spot print dress, 1,000 GBP
K Karl Lagerfeld Wool-blend tailored blazer, $213
High heel pump with Smoke Print, 370 GBP
Ravel Chaussures Peeptoe Courts, 45 GBP
High Stakes Heels in Smoke-Mod Retro Indie Clothing & Vintage Clothes, $38
Lanvin Strass crystal necklace, $2,730

Sheath Dress

Our friend Yvonne just loved the flattering neckline and empire waist on this dress, so she set out to find the perfect accessories. She played on a natural color palette featuring the neutral dress, gold jewelry, and black handbag.  Subtle hits of color were added in the animal and leaf print wrap along with burgundy trimmed pumps. You can pick up this dress and the chic accessories following the links below.

Spiegel V-Neck Sheath Dress in Linen
Hidden Painted Animal Ruana
Champagne Dish Necklace
Kenneth Cole New York Layered-Circle Ring
Kathy Van Zeeland Monte Carlo Belt Shopper

Both of these examples featured accessories that can mix and match back to your work wardrobe with ease. Have fun adding accessories and creating your own personal style.

Friday Fifty: Summer Dreses

There is nothing better than a dress in the summer. They are light and breezy in the heat, and easy to style in the morning. I could wear them every day! With these chic styles under $50 each, I just might. Check out the dresses I’ve found for the office to wear this summer.

Banana Republic Black Dress Esprit Dress

Simple solid dresses are versatile. These two styles are very flattering with wrap details that accentuate the waist.  Black wrap dress from Banana Republic is only $39.99. In Esprit women dresses section we found a rayon jersey dress that is also $39.99 and available in black,  gray, and navy.  With classic pumps and a statement necklace, these dresses are instantly business casual chic.

Double V-Neck Geometric Dress Tangram Frock

A mix between handkerchief styling, kimono sleeves, and deep v-neck necklines makes for the perfect summer casual dress. Layer a Demi-Cami underneath to keep the look appropriate for the office.  Double V-Neck Geometric Dress is $28 at Charlotte Russe.  Tangram Frock is $44.99 at Modcloth.com.

Bouquet Bonanza Dress Shore Leave Dress

Experiment with vintage styling by shopping Modcloth dresses this summer. Bouquet Bonanza Dress is $49.99. Untie the bow and knot it more like a sash to the side to play down the ultra girly vibe. Nautical inspired Shore Leave Dress is $47.99.  I would style both of these dresses with neutral peep toe pumps, bold bangles, and a vibrant handbag.

Do you have a go-to shop for summer dresses? Share your favorite summer dresses with us and have fun shopping our top finds under $50.


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Business Casual Origami Sheath

Sheath dresses are a quick and simple way to create a Workchic look during the summer.

Talbots Sheath Dress

 This dress takes on a style all it’s own with a origami ruffles along the neckline. It’s polished, professional, and the perfect canvas to accessorize with bracelets, earrings, or fun pumps. What would you add to this Talbots Sheath Dress?

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 Dress shown in Champagne, also comes in Apricot Ice and Black. Order it in regular or petite sizes.