Strictly Business: Runway-Inspired Workwear

Fall 2013 defined the modern-working woman: she is still confident, smart, and sexy but most of all, she is now relaxed.

Fall 2013 defined the modern-working woman: she is still confident, smart, and sexy but most of all, she is now relaxed. From roomy blouses to loosely tailored trousers, you will run the boardroom, ace your annual review, and rock your presentation. And you'll look great doing it.
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Narciso Rodriguez

Board Meeting. This was the season of the modern powersuit: sleek and minimalist. A tailored blazer and black pants are just enough to make a powerful statement.

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Rebecca Minkoff
Sitting at the Computer. Staring at a screen all day? It may be boring, but you don’t have to look it. Pair a bold-print top with a blazer and some funky trousers to make your outfit pop.
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"Imaxtree"
Theyskens' Theory
Happy Hour with Coworkers. There’s nothing wrong with showing a little leg in the workforce. Thick fabric shorts paired with an oversized blazer make the proportions appropriate from desk to bar.
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"Imaxtree"
Diane von Furstenberg
Business Lunch. The signature wrap dress is guaranteed to close any deal.
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Nanette Lepore
Casual Friday. You may have had a hectic week but that is no reason to look disheveled. Floral blouses paired with cigarette slacks were a common sight on the Fall 2013 runways.
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Milly by Michelle Smith

Annual Review. Be calm — you got this! A loose pair of pants and a sharp blazer are perfect for those under-pressure moments when you want to feel comfortable but also look professional.

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"Imaxtree"
Jason Wu
Work Party. Bright and short but with epaulettes that evoke a business feel, this day-to-night dress is perfect for any office party.
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Michael Kors
Interview. For meeting with a prospective employer, you want to look polished but not stuffy. Take some creative liberties and dress up neutral colors with accessories to let your personality peek through.
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Rachel Zoe
Presentations. In slender flares and a high-collared shirt, you’ll look authoritative and stylish on those nerve-racking days when all eyes are on you. Throw in a vest to give your outfit that extra oomph.
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Reed Krakoff
Client Meetings. If you're meeting with a client, you want to appear refined yet approachable. Be practical and opt for a loose-fitting top and straight leg trousers.
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Thakoon
Convention Day. Monochromatic tones were a huge hit this season. A low-key yet colorful suit with some chic embellishments will set you apart from the crowd.
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J. Crew
Running to Appointments. If your schedule is booked for the day, choose something people-friendly and moveable. Bright colors and bold patterns paired with a pair of easy-to-walk-in pumps work best.
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Carolina Herrera
Charity Event. A bright dress with elegant decolletage and subtle embellishments can go a long way without going overboard.
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