Workwear Special: What to Wear in the Office

Like women in the workplace, power dressing's come a long way. (Now we really mean business!)

April 22, 2009 12:00 AM
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Success Dress

Grown-up, not girly, the smart slim dress is going places.

Client presentation
A subdued palette, dark leathers, sleek shapes: nothing too distracting.
$59, XOXO; macys.com for stores.
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$55, Timex; timexstyle.com.
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$350, Hype Handbags; (212) 268-2772 for stores.
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$129, Nine West; ninewest.com.
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$60, A.V. Max; avmax accessories.com. $350, Pono by Joan Goodman; (866) 336-PONO.
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Office cocktail party
LBD on the rocks? Big cocktail rings and gemstone sparkle that set you apart.
Price upon request, Isaac Mizrahi at Bergdorf Goodman; (212) 753-7300.
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$365, Stuart Weitzman; (714) 432-8100.
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$70, Noir Jewelry at House of Petro Zillia; (323) 653-3080.
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$1850, Gucci; gucci.com for stores.
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Morning flight
Touch down looking fresh in a classic navy shift and exotic accessories.
Price upon request, Calvin Klein Collection; (212) 292-9000.
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$189, Club Monaco; clubmonaco.com for stores.
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$88, Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret; victoriassecret.com.
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Night at the opera
Be the diva in bright colors and scene-stealing gold.
$225, BR Monogram; bananarepublic.com.
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$588, R&Y Augousti at Barneys New York; (212) 826-8900.
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$183, Draugsvold; draugsvoldjewelry.com.
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$160, Michael Kors; michaelkors.com.
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Executive Suit

Case for the classic jacket: It's supple, embellished, empowered.

Sales meeting
Gemstone trimmings and quirky bangles keep the fashion agenda fresh.
$495, Tory Burch; toryburch.com for stores.
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Executive Suit

$820, Salvatore Ferragamo; (212) 759-3822 for similar styles.
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$575, Piazza Sempione; piazzasempione.com.
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$495, Furla; furla.com.
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Gold bangles, $45 & $63, A.V. Max. Jeweled bangle, $280, Elizabeth Cole.
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Lunch with the boss
Celebrating your promotion calls for sparkling fabrics and a bold watch.
Price upon request, D&G; (800) 979-3038.
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$165, DKNY at Bloomingdale's; (212) 705-2000.
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$990, Escada; (877) 206-4135.
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$190, Michael Kors Eyewear; (800) 544-1336.
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CEO summit
Think outside the boxy by choosing shapes with strategic flourishes.
$199, Antonio Melani; dillards.com.
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$88, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
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$59.50, Victoria's Secret; victoriassecret.com.
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$275, Banana Republic; bananarepublic.com.
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$745, Tod's; tods.com for stores.
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Benefit dinner
Philanthropist chic merges big-city separates with wild accessories.
$348, Leon Max; maxstudio.com.
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$64, Jones New York Signature; macys.com.
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$120, Diesel; diesel.com for stores.
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$299, Matina Amanita for Sretsis; matinaamanita.com.
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$904, Iceberg at King of Greene Street; (212) 302-5470.
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Power Sleeves

Flex some executive muscle with an arm-baring jacket.

Corporate breakfast
A café au lait palette—and a kick-ass heel—will wake things up.
$169, Ann Taylor; anntaylor.com.
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Power Sleeves

Price upon request, Valentino; (212) 772-6969.
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$665, Cesare Paciotti; (212) 452-1222.
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$1150, Anya Hindmarch; (973) 379-7183.
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$98, Marc by Marc Jacobs; macys.com for stores.
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$1890, Baume & Mercier; baume-and-mercier.com for stores.
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Budget meeting
A straight and narrow look in shades of gray you can always take to the bank.
$175, Banana Republic; bananarepublic.com.
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$150, BR Monogram; bananarepublic.com.
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$119, Antonio Melani; dillards.com.
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$129, Loft; anntaylorloft.com.
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$125, Aldo; aldoshoes.com.
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Client dinner
Invest in a modern trouser suit and conversation-starting accessories.
$545, Alexander Wang; shopbop.com.
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$385, Alexander Wang; shopbop.com.
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$745, Valentino; (212) 772-6969.
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$185, CC Skye; boutiquetoyou.com.
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$950, Marc Jacobs; marcjacobs.com.
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Gallery opening
With a minimalist jacket as your canvas, let everything else run wild.
$105, BB Dakota; (704) 825-7997.
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$750, Oscar de la Renta; oscardelarenta.com.
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Strappy Shoes

Shoes $350, Tory Burch; toryburch.com for stores.
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$495, Moschino Cheap and Chic; (212) 243-8600.
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$550, Burberry; burberry.com for stores.
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Price upon request, Dolce & Gabbana; dolcegabbana.it.