New York Fashion Week: Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010

“I always wanted to live a man’s life in a woman’s body.” That quote is something Diane von Furstenberg has said before, so it’s somewhat surprising she hasn’t explored men’s suiting much in the past.

Her key piece is of course the wrap dress but there was no shortage of feminine details on this collection. We loved the use of pinstripes, tweed, and much anticipated use of pop colors! This collection definitely didn’t disappoint and we look forward to incorporating some of these pieces into our work wardrobe!

Here are three selected pieces from the collection.  All images are courtesy of Style.com.

                                          

What is not hard to resist about these charcoal pinstripe pants and purple ruffle blouse?  It is the perfect blend of feminine and masculine.  Mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe!

                                         

 Loving this gold and black drop waist satin dress!  Throw on a jacket for the office and remove for a night out on the town!

                                          

The chiffon rosettes on this otherwise simple double breasted jacket is totally unexpected and adds a feminine touch to a basic item in your wardrobe!

You don’t have to wait until Fall to experience the DVF collection.  We found these coveted Spring items right on Workchic.com!

Diane von Furstenberg Washed Zebra ScarfDiane von Furstenberg Tropical Garden Beach ToteDiane von Furstenberg Zazu Top

Diane von Furstenberg Hayworth ClutchDiane von Furstenberg Washed Naqada ScarfDiane von Furstenberg Julina Dress

Fashion week may be over this week but stay tuned as we translate the runway looks into office appropriate attire! 

Workchic Trend Alert: Shades of Grey

We are loving how Grey has become the chic neutral of the Fall season-whether it is pale grey, gunmetal or silvery grey- you can mix and match with all of your key items in your work wardrobe.  It pairs with black, navy, camel, and red to name a few colors.  We found the following work appropriate items from The Limited.  All items are under $75!

Ruffle Crewneck Sweater– $24.99
Autumn Argyle Vest-$24.50
Elbow-Sleeve Jacket-$44.99

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Drew Side Button Bootcut-$24.99
Three Strand Beaded Necklace-$29.50
Ruffled Mesh Top-$24.99

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Metallic Python Tote-$59.50
Tassel Earrings-$16.50
Adjustable Skinny Belt$19.50

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The Limited Stores, LLC

The Limited Stores, LLC

Workchic on the Street

We found the next girl on the streets on New York City.  The question of the week is..are leggings considered pants?  Are they acceptable to wear to the office?

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FYI..this wasn’t a workout outfit.  We think those clothes are in the blue bag.

We would love to hear your thoughts!  If you have a photo of a workwear do or don’t, please send to info@workchic.com.

Workchic on the Street

Last week we brought you a photo of an outfit that was somewhat questionable attire even for the most casual office.  Here is the post in case you didn’t see it.  Thank you for all your comments.  To answer the most asked question-there was nothing under the bottom half of the shirt/dress!

 This week we saw this woman leaving her office building.  Now the question really comes down to this- does a cardigan (see on her arm) transform a short black dress (it was one shoulder by the way) to make it more office appropriate?  How about a tote bag? Or is it still a short black dress that is not meant to be worn to the office?  You’ll see what we mean in the photo below:

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We would love to hear your thoughts!  Also if you have spotted a workchic outfit do or don’t in your city, please email us the pics with your comments at info@workchic.com

Stay tuned for more Workchic on the Street!

How to Wear Jackets with Dresses

Last week we posted a video, Workchic Style Series, showing you how to incorporate vintage dresses into your work wardrobe. This week we want to elaborate on the fit and styling of wearing jackets with dresses.  Proportion is key. Wearing longer jackets without structure will drown out your shape. Instead look for jackets that hit at the waist or hip.  Three quarter sleeves are great in the summer, and princess seams add shape and contour to your look. 

Blue Vintage Dress Redo
Blue Vintage Dress Redo by Workchic featuring mulberry bags

Blue polka dots are fun, but we found a dress with a similar shape in a modern medallion pattern.  The key to making this look business casual is all black accessories, from the shoes to the jacket we have you covered.   The details on this jacket are exquisite.  The three quarter sleeves are set on with origami folding at the shoulder.  It will hit at the waist and can be worn open showing off a belted waist. While the style comes with it’s own belt we recommend swapping it with a black one.  This keeps the look streamlined and chic for the office.

DVF Style Dress Redo
DVF Style Dress Redo by Workchic featuring Diane von Furstenberg dresses

The original vintage dress has a Diane von Furstenberg appeal, so we found an original DVF to redo the look.  The jacket we selected only has one button and small lapels so it can easily worn open with the dress collar over the jacket. Like the original our second dress choice can be worn on it’s own to a business casual office, adding a jacket just makes it even more professional.  Two tones peep to pumps are stylish without detracting from the dress and muted aqua accessories added an unexpected punch of color. 

Red Vintage Dress Redo
Red Vintage Dress Redo by Workchic featuring Christian Louboutin shoes

This red zebra print dress was a great vintage find for summer. You can recreate the feeling of this look with an ikat print dress. We went with a more modern empire waist instead of a drop waist for our redo, but we kept the hobo bag and Mary-Jane’s. Finish off the look with a denim jacket to make it work appropriate. This style will hit right at your hip, taming the full skirt of the dress. Double princess seams and bloused sleeves are flattering and feminine. This is a heavy print so we kept the accessories neutral and to a minimum, earrings are enough jewelry for this look.

Black Vintage Dress Redo
Black Vintage Dress Redo by Workchic on Polyvore.com

For our last look the original dress is very chic in black and white. We updated it with some color for our redo. The look gets much more professional with a classic white blazer. This style has darts and hits at the hip for a tailored look over the loose silhouette of the dress. Black pointed toe pumps are sophisticated and a rolling bag makes toting your laptop a breeze. Finish the look with a light silver necklace and bracelet.

You can easily create sophisticated and professional looks with fun printed dresses by simply adding the right jacket. We know boyfriend jackets popped back up in the market, but keep those to wear with your denim. The cut is key over a dress. You can see that all our examples utilize shorter styles and can be worn open so that you don’t loose the details of the dress.  Have fun shopping and recreating your own Workchic looks. 

To get you started, here are a few more vintage inspired dresses from www.ModCloth.com. Plus get 10% Off Vintage Fashion by entering code “Affiliate10″ on any order at ModCloth! 

Tavern On The Green Dress Bamboo Garden Wrap Dress Square One Dress