Fashion for Work: Chic Office Styles

Your Office Cheat Sheet

September 13, 2010 9:00 AM
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Lisa Finkelstein: Retro
Jewelry design director, J.Crew

HER SPLURGE: J.Crew party dress.
HER TRICKS: Invest in a simple A-line dress — a clean canvas for your unique look. Snap up lots of fun, affordable baubles, like enamel pins, to pile upon neutral basics. Shop for steals in new color combos. Play up your femininity at work — you can look just as confident in ribbons as in pinstripes. Enhance casual-Friday jeans with budget-friendly accessories, like a vibrant blouse, crystal belt, and big jewels. Emulate the late socialite Nan Kempner, who wore the same fabulous clothes over and over again in different ways. Transform a dress from party-frilly to polished with a shrunken jacket in a cool fabric. Keep everything — the more to mix and match with!

Jacket, $298, dress, $225, cardigan, $110, brooch, $50, necklace, $150, bracelets, $25 to $85, J.Crew; jcrew.com. Shoes, $795, Valentino; neimanmarcus.com for stores.
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Jacket $410, Julie Haus at H. Audrey; (615) 760-5701.
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Dress $39.90, H&M; hm.com for stores.
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Cardigan $315, Rebecca Taylor; chiconline.com.
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Top $225, Kate Spade; katespade.com. Pink brooch $295, green brooch $160, Gerard Yosca; (212) 302-4349. Black brooch $130, Isaac Manevitz for Ben-Amun; (212) 944-6480.
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Lipsticks $20 each, Paul & Joe in Muse, Inspire, and Opening Night; (800) 558-1855.
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Shoes $667, Charlotte Olympia at Beckley; (323) 337- 9760.
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Glasses $169, Moscot; moscot.com.
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Skirt $59.50, The Limited; thelimited.com.
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Necklace $60, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
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Sepi Makabi: Sporty
Television producer

HER SPLURGE: 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped trousers.
HER TRICKS: Temper your one playful, color-happy piece with something structured and professional-looking. Search for seasonless fabrics — light enough to wear alone in summer and to layer in winter. Reinvent your wardrobe with cheap and cheerful souvenirs from your travels: scarves, vests, shoes. Put a menswear spin on your feminine favorites: Accessorize dresses and skirts with tailored vests, oversize belts, and a big watch. Give your clothes the utility test: Does it work for your lifestyle? Does it have the pockets you love? Don't buy unless it passes. Build a work wardrobe with accessories that show your style.

Jacket, $620, Reyes at Hampden Clothing; reyescollection.com for info. Tank, $85, Adam; (212) 229-2838. Trousers, $275, 3.1 Phillip Lim at Barneys; (310) 358-1988. Shoes, $785, Yves Saint Laurent; ysl.com. Scarf, $7.80, Forever 21; forever21.com. Necklace, $425, Bliss Lau; blisslau.com.

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Watch $275, IKE; ikewatchusa.com.
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Pants $265, Adam; intermixonline.com for stores.

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Bag $225, DKNY; dkny.com for stores.
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Ankle boots $180, DKNY; dkny.com for stores.

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Dress $235, Ali Ro at Big Drop; (212) 226-9292.

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Tank $65, DKNY; dkny.com for stores.
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Skirt $145, L.A.M.B.; saks.com for stores.
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Scarves $95 each, DKNY; dkny.com for stores.

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Sunglasses $18, Fantas-Eyes; fantas-eyes.com.

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Jacket $385, Poleci; poleci.com for info.

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Shoes $348, Hayden-Harnett; haydenharnett.com.

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Andrea Tantaros: Classic
Political commentator and columnist, Fox News Channel

HER SPLURGE: Boy by Band of Outsiders double-breasted blazer.
HER TRICKS: Stick to one trend at a time so you don't mix style messages. Wear bargain tees and camis. Collect unembellished high heels and blazers in black or white that coordinate with every palette and outfit. Get mileage out of quality classics; extreme trends won't help you when finances are tight. Liven things up with accessories, like a trendy chunky ring or a supersize bangle. Devise a five-year plan: Ask yourself if your "dream" purchase will go the distance. Travel with basic pieces and one fantastic blazer. Be a stickler for tailoring — if it doesn't fit perfectly, it's not worth it!

Blazer, $1615, Boy by Band of Outsiders; bandofoutsiders.com for stores. Tank, $14.95, Gap; gap.com. Skirt, $99, Jones New York Collection; macys.com for info. Shoes, $750, Chanel; (800) 550-0005. Necklace, price upon request, Alexis Bittar; alexisbittar.com.
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Top $59, Guess by Marciano; guess.com.

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Skirt $275, Kate Spade; katespade.com.
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Bag $1995, Chloé; (212) 717-8220 for info.
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Jacket $775, 3.1 Phillip Lim at The Dress Circle; (412) 681-7799.
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Pants $39.50, Gap; gap.com. Belt $12.95, L.L.Bean; llbean.com.
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Bangles $145 to $185, Flutter by Jill Golden; flutternyc.com.
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Watch $6600, Cartier; (800) CARTIER.
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Skirt $246, Sretsis at Confederacy; (323) 854-7729.
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Cardigan $39.50, American Eagle Outfitters; ae.com.
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Ring $65, J.Crew; jcrew.com.
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Shoes $179, Boutique 9; ninewest.com.
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Agenda $49, Club Monaco; clubmonaco.com for stores.
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Elizabeth Hart: Rocker
Bassist, The Psychic Ills and Effie Briest

HER SPLURGE: Gryphon New York sequin skirt.
HER TRICKS: Adopt the ultimate rocker mantra: Always wear something black. Don't dress matchy-matchy; just-rolled-out-of-bed chic requires less thought — and less shopping. Pair miniskirts with a long jacket — legs are meant to be seen. Embrace sequins — they're instant limelight-stealers. (And don't save them just for evening.) Move around in an outfit to make sure it will be comfortable all day. Style your look with eccentricity — in a way no one else will. Fall in love with an item before you open your wallet; the less you feel for it, the less you'll commit to wearing it. Never worry about being seen in the same outfit again and again!

Blazer, $410, Lover; (212) 924-8515. Top, $85, Kain Label; shopbop.com. Skirt, $620 by special order, Gryphon New York; (212) 764-3059. Shoes, $865 by special order, Manolo Blahnik; (212) 582-3007. Hart's own jewelry.
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Necklace $372, Johanne Mills; kabiri.co.uk.

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Belt $575, Vera Wang Lavender Label at Diani; (805) 966-3114.

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Booties $1045, Giuseppe Zanotti Design; (212) 650-0455.
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Blazer $98, Gap; gap.com. Top $325, Dolce & Gabbana; dolcegabbana.com for stores.

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Skirt $248, Sweetface; sweetface.com for info.
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Top $800, Catherine Malandrino; (212) 840-1060.

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Sunglasses $270, Persol; sunglasshut.com for info.
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Clutch $525, Mulberry at Madison Avenue; (888) 685-6856.

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Shoes $100, Topshop; topshop.com.

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Jacket $298, Express; express.com for info.
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Dress $785, Vera Wang Lavender Label; saks.com.
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Watch $65, Timex; timex.com.