Chic Office Dress Code

Real women share their secrets to creating personalized wardrobes that work overtime.

dress code may 2011
Real women share their secrets to creating personalized wardrobes that work overtime.
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dress code may 2011
Zoe Buckman
Natalie Joos
Director, Natalie Joos Casting

What I do: I am the liaison between fashion clients and model agents. I communicate with them daily, checking model options and relaying them to clients for their runway shows, advertising campaigns, or editorial shoots. I also write a blog about one of my passions — vintage clothing — at talesofendearment.blogspot.com.

What I wear: For meetings and show castings, I always dress up in heels. No one expects this from a casting agent since we're behind the scenes, but I know it's appreciated.

All clothing and accessories Joos' own.

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dress code may 2011
Zoe Buckman
Natalie Joos

Every woman should have: A gray men's crewneck sweater from J.Crew. It travels with me to snowy — and sunny — destinations. It mixes well with any outfit, day or night.

Three rules to dress by: 1) Don't match — mix prints and colors. 2) Don't wear skirts too short — if you're unsure, wear them with flats. 3) Don't try too hard — or at least look like you didn't.

Style Note: "Wear a pair of socks with strappy sandals to make a color statement, but never match them to your shoes."

Skirt price upon request, Matthew Williamson. Shoes $940, Giambattista Valli. All other clothing and accessories Joos' own.

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dress code may 2011
Zoe Buckman
Isa Tapia
Director of Accessories, Ann Taylor

What I do: I head the accessories team at Ann Taylor. We work on everything from jewelry and bags to shoes, belts, and scarves. It involves a lot of sketching and even more traveling for inspiration.

What I wear: My look varies with my mood, but I always fall back on a feminine dress with a jacket and killer heels.

Necklace $58, ring $48, bag $298, Ann Taylor. All other clothing and accessories Tapia's own.

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dress code may 2011
Zoe Buckman
Isa Tapia

Every woman should have: An Alexander Wang leather jacket. I wear mine with literally everything.

Three rules to dress by: 1) It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. 2) Don't take yourself, or your outfits, too seriously. Walk your dog in a gown, or go to a gallery opening in pajamas — just wear something fabulous, like a great necklace or fur gilet, with them. 3) Don't overdo it. Never wear designer or fast-fashion head-to-toe or aim to be perfectly polished.

Style Note: "Balance is key. If you're wearing jeans, wear statement jewelry. If you're in a cocktail dress, go with minimal makeup and messy hair."

Skirt $1,195, Michael Kors. All other clothing and accessories Tapia's own.

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