10 Fall Must-Haves For Your Work Wardrobe

10 Fall Must-Haves

For Your Work Wardrobe

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Women are doing more and more to make their voices heard. They are making bold moves in their careers and at home. More women are entering into fields such as politics, science, technology and they are starting more businesses. The fashion industry has surely recognized this and for fall 2017 designers are offering clothing that will help these strong women tell their story at work. From the power pant suit, to bold red, to plaid and metallic prints and everything in between, these trends are perfect for any woman who is making strides in her career.

1. The Pant Suit

How’s that for a trend that’s perfect to wear to work? Power pant suits are the backbone for fall 2017 and they are completely customizable. Create a pantsuit outfit that best speaks to your personal style / brand and office dress code. You could wear a trendy oversized jacket with oversized pants in this season’s hottest color- red. Or for a modern look wear a long, tailored jacket with slim pants in plaid. If a classic style is more your taste go for a double breasted jacket with trouser pants in a neutral grey or navy.

2. The Mule Loafer

The “It” shoe for fall brings comfort, ease, style, versatility and it happens to be a great commuting shoe. The mule loafer can be worn with skirts and pants and it could be dressed up or down. If your day consists of back to back meetings pair the mule loafer with black pants, a white shirt and a plaid menswear inspired blazer. For casual Friday take those same mule loafers and wear them with a midi skirt and western blouse.

3. Wild West
Wild West

This fall’s take on western wear is tough cowgirl chic. We’re talking cowboy hats and boots, leather, fringe, western tops, cow prints, cactus prints, and more. So how can one possibly incorporate a western inspired look in a NYC modern office? Well for one you could wear a floral or pleated maxi skirt with a denim top, cowboy booties and a fringe jacket. Or, add a fringe vest to a long sleeve blouse, leather pants and cowboy booties. Both are perfect outfits for a casual day at the office.

4. Red Hot

Speaking of fashion and power, it’s no surprise that the color of the season is red. Pantone has named Grenadine as one of the top 10 colors for fall 2017 and describes it as, “A powerful, evocative, dynamic red, Grenadine is a confident and self-assured attention-getter”. It’s bright, bold and statement making which makes it the perfect color for any professional woman. Show the world you’re fearless by wearing a red sweater with a red skirt and black pumps to your next executive meeting. If you’re looking for a bold yet understated look, pair a red blouse with a grey or camel colored pant. And, if red isn’t your thing, burgundy is coming in a close 2nd for the top color of the season.

Red Hot
5. Statement Earrings

From large hoops, to long earrings to big mismatched earrings the message is- go big or go home. A bold accessory, like statement earrings, help people notice and remember you- a plus for women in business. My favorite thing about this trend is that it’s a great way to incorporate your personal style in your outfit. If you’re quirky, try a mismatched look with a chandelier earring in one ear and a long earring in the other. If you lean towards a more clean and modern look, go for large hoop earrings.

6. Cuff ‘Em

Sweaters for fall 2017 are not only comfy and cozy, but they also incorporate many fun elements like ruffles, embroideries and balloon sleeves. But sweater cuffs with details such as ties, fluted cuffs, ruffles, bows, zippers and slits are taking sweaters, and wrists, to a whole new level. Get pumped to go to work a blustery Monday morning by wearing a burgundy cashmere tie sleeve sweater with navy pants and block heel booties.

7. Menswear Inspired

Menswear inspired prints like plaid, checks, houndstooth and pinstripes, tailored jackets and ties are now being found in the women’s ready to wear section. While the inspiration comes from the fellas, women are taking these items and making them all their own. For a day of tough negotiations wearing a plaid midi dress with red pumps will help you stay in the zone.

8. Luxurious Velvet

Celebrities, models and everyday gals are sporting the most sought-after fabric for fall, velvet. Velvet can take any clothing item and convert it into a fabulous, head-turning outfit – which is why it’s perfect to wear to the office. A velvet pantsuit or velvet skirt with a white button down shirt are great ways to infuse this trend in your workwear. Don’t be afraid by the material – more often than not it has a slimming effect and can enhance your figure. 

Stylist Tip- When wearing velvet make sure to keep the outfit simple. Velvet offers enough pop so don’t overdo it by adding big prints or too many accessories.

9. Furry Bags

Whether it’s a tote, a clutch, a bucket bag or satchel, fur (real or faux fur) is what’s making these bags fresh and fabulous for Fall. These furry bags offer just the right amount of pop to help complete an outfit.

You could take a classic pinstripe pant suit and add an all-over pink fur tote for a fun office look. Also, taking a cue from the younger set of girls, poof or fur balls are a wonderful accessory for your accessory. Take your current bag and clip on a fur ball and viola, you’ve got an on trend furry bag.

10. Heavy Metal
Heavy Metal

Once reserved only for formal wear, metallic prints can now be found in jackets, skirts, pants, dresses, shoes and much more. While silver and gold dominate the metallic color palette other colors like pink, blue and green are popping up. Depending on your work dress code you could wear head to toe metallic or choose a staple piece like a skirt, jacket or top as the metallic item and layer in non-metallic items.

Fall 2017 is truly made for today’s modern working woman. The trends this season lean towards appropriate workwear, yet still offer many innovative and fun ways for her to showcase her own sense of style.

Monisha Kapur

Monisha Kapur learned how to spot trends while working in NYC's fashion industry. She believes that every woman should embrace her own personal style and that maintaining her style doesn’t have to fall victim to her hectic lifestyle. Through her company, 344pm, Monisha provides women with one-on-one online wardrobe consultations that are tailored to their individual style, budget and body shape. Monisha has contributed to publications such as Working Mother, Not Now Mom's Busy and Red Tricycle Seattle. When she's not working with her fabulous clients, or blogging, or binge watching anything on Netflix she can be found spending time with her techie husband and 9 year old daughter (aka her assistant buyer).

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