Goodbye TheWorkingWardrobe. Hello Lit with a Twist.

March 9th, 2015 by Rachel Yeomans | Posted in From the Editor, _Home Page Featured | 1 Comment »
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Thank you all so much for your support over these past 6 years (It’s been 6 years! WOW!). However the one thing I don’t want to be is a sit-com that just won’t end. I am moving on from The Working Wardrobe and am launching a new venture that I am extremely excited about and that helps me leverage my love for reading, writing…and the occasional drink that accompanies these tasks.

I hope that you will consider joining me over at Lit with a Twist. Lit with a Twist is a video series and website that pairs written works with complementary libations. My first video paired The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton with a cocktail dubbed the Corpse Reviver.

Please check it out and I hope you may consider it worthy of your following. You can sign up for my new email newsletter where you will be sent our regular pairings and other fun tidbits.

Thank you so much again everyone! This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make in moving on, but the timing is right, and I leave you with another whole-hearted “THANK YOU!”

Warmest regards,

Rachel

Today’s Coveted Working Look: J.Crew Ski Sweater

December 10th, 2014 by Emma Klug | Posted in Women, _Home Page Featured | 3 Comments »
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Holiday fashion typically elicits images of a red and green color palette, sparkle and shine, elegant fabrics and silhouettes reserved for a classy night out. Yet, fashion doesn’t always have to be so predictable.

Whether you like it or not, ugly holiday sweaters are also a staple of this season. With their mismatched prints, strange embellishments and awkward color combinations, these sweaters can appear to be anything but attractive. However, despite what may seem like horrible design details, the ugly holiday sweater actually has a lot going for it and the Ski Sweater from J.Crew is a prime example of this.

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The J.Crew Ski Sweater is just one of J.Crews options from its “ugly holiday sweater” selection. Playful, unique and super festive, this sweater is definitely perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Featuring rows and rows of skiers zig zagging between trees, this loose fit merino wool sweater is a stand out piece that will get you in the mood for the cold weather months. Although it may not seem like it at first, the J.Crew Ski Sweater is actually extremely versatile. You can pair it with dress pants for a work appropriate look, a sequin or flouncy skirt for an office party, or your favorite worn in jeans for a relaxed weekend look. What’s not to love?

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Needless to say, in the age of man-repelling and awkwardly-good fashion trends, ugly holiday sweaters are easily one of the must have items this season. However, it does takes a lot of confidence to wear a sweater as bold as the J.Crew Ski Sweater. Be sure to put your best foot forward when wearing the piece and soon enough everyone in the office will be wishing they had one too.

Today’s Coveted Working Look: Faux Leather Detail Zip Front Long Sweater by Calvin Klein

December 9th, 2014 by Jessica Braun Gervais | Posted in Women, _Home Page Featured | 7 Comments »
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In just a few weeks it’ll officially be winter, although judging by the Midwest weather, I’d say winter is already here.  In case you live in an area with freezing temperatures and heart-piercing winds, now might be a good time to start incorporating sweaters into your work wardrobe.  One must-have sweater is the Faux Leather Detail Zip Front Long Sweater by Calvin Klien.

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The main reason I love this sweater is because it’s warm without being too heavy or bulky.  I also like how the structured shape keeps it professional and classy.  Also the simplicity of the sweater makes it easy to pair with almost anything.

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For a perfectly styled outfit, wear the sweater over a brightly colored dress, such as a cobalt blue or fire-engine red.  Add nylons, a long necklace and a nude heel to complete the look.

Today’s Coveted Working Look: Joie Olivia Knee-High Boots

December 8th, 2014 by Anne Dreshfield | Posted in Women, _Home Page Featured | 1 Comment »
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As San Francisco turns a bit more into the wintery wetland I recognize (goodbye, oddly warm weather and hello, foggy grey mist and rain!), I find myself turning to classic cold weather pieces that are chic, comfortable, and warm. For me, that means sleek sweaters, scarves you can toss on with just about anything, and coats that make just as much of a statement as the rest of your outfit.

Several of my favorite fashion designers are taking their outfits’ focal points in another direction, however: to their legs, with over-the-knee boots in sumptuous fabrics. My favorite of the season? Joie’s Olivia Knee-High Boots in a beautiful dove grey suede.

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I could stare at these boots all day, and let’s be honest: I may or may not have spent the last few days doing just that. Where to begin? Joie’s taken a classic boot shape – pointed toes, stiletto heels – and elevated the look by raising the shaft of the boot to just above the knee. Believe it or not, this helps to elongate the leg rather than chopping it off at the thigh, like you might imagine. Toss on Joie’s Olivia Knee-High Boots and you’ll add literal and figurative inches to your frame. Screen Shot 2014 11 22 at 8.30.55 AM Todays Coveted Working Look: Joie Olivia Knee High BootsI can’t get over the color of these boots, either. They’re also available in black season after season, but the grey is just unbelievably gorgeous. And for a work wardrobe, it can be surprisingly versatile. This color looks beautifully rich against deep colors, like black or navy blue, and amps up jewel tones that look so beautiful in the winter. And if you’re going for a monochrome look, what better shade to dress yourself in than hues of dove and steel grey? You’ll be the most fashionable person in the office without even trying. Thank you, Joie Olivia boots!

I’ll admit, Joie’s Olivia Knee-High boots might just sneak their way onto my Christmas list. They’re currently on sale at Bloomingdales, though they’re sold out in multiple sizes (including mine), so I might just have to cross my fingers and wish for them to magically re-appear. Until then, I’ll be daydreaming about them. Will you?

Today’s Coveted Working Look: H&M Oversized Cowl-Neck Sweater

November 22nd, 2014 by Emma Klug | Posted in Women, _Home Page Featured | No Comments »
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The weather has already gotten extremely chilly here in Chicago. There’s already been a few days where I’ve woken up in the morning, frozen from head to toe, wishing I could lay in bed, wrapped in my covers, forever. The idea of getting up from my bed and commuting to work, let alone even venturing around my apartment, literally sounds like the least appealing thing possible. Yet, every weekday morning I find myself doing exactly that. However, if I were to be greeted with, let’s say, a warm oversized blanket-esque piece of fashionable clothing then maybe I wouldn’t be so upset. Luckily, the Oversized Cowl-Neck Sweater from H&M happens to fit this criteria.

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The Oversized Cowl-Neck Sweater from H&M is perfect for colder weather. Coming in black, navy and tan (pictured above) this rib-knit sweater is extremely fashionable yet practical. The silhouette of the sweater is its best asset as its designed with optimal warmth in mind. From the cowl neck detail that is not only super on trend right now but also manages to keep your neck warm, to the length of the sweater that covers up to your mid thigh, this sweater will feel just as comfortable as your blanket.

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This is the type of garment that is cozy enough to obviously look great for a casual weekend day, but what about styling it for the office? While the piece can look great when layered with typical fall/winter favorites like vests,boots, jackets, etc., it can also be super chic on its own when belted and paired with a sleek pair of trousers. From leather pants, pencil thin pants, a vest with leggings, and more, there are a ton of great options for styling this sweater. Plus, on top of all of that it’s extremely soft. Needless to say, for the reduced price of $19.95, you definitely get your moneys worth.

Today’s Coveted Working Look: Rockport Total Motion Herringbone Boot

November 21st, 2014 by Jessica Braun Gervais | Posted in Items, Women, _Home Page Featured | No Comments »
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As much as I love the sky-high shoe art of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, they aren’t the most practical of shoe choices for a student on a budget.  They also aren’t the best option for hiking miles across city streets filled with sleet and slush.  So as the winter winds begin to blow between skyscrapers, I opt for the safety of boots, such as the Rockport Total Motion Herringbone Boot.

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The boot is versatile enough to work with everything from a pantsuit, skirt or dress. The fabric back panel allows stretch for extra space around the cafe.

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The best part is how the round toe, thick heel and soul grips add comfort and make the boots easier to trek through snow and ice.  Don’t live in a winter tundra? These boot still look cute and are just as comfortable no matter the weather!

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Shop and Other Stories: Upscale Fast-Fashion

November 20th, 2014 by Emma Klug | Posted in Women, _Home Page Featured | 4 Comments »
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It’s nearly impossible to have missed the big news: H&M’s little sister store, & Other Stories is now available in the US.

Until recently the site was only available in Europe, which is really of no use to fashionistas in other parts of the world in like say, oh, the U.. Currently, in addition to the already pre-existing stores, & Other Stories is now available online and at their new New York City location. However, my fingers are crossed that they’ll soon expand and build stores in more cities!

Not quite as expensive as COS, another member of the H&M family, & Other Stories caters to those looking for a more upscale form of fast fashion and are willing to pay a little bit more than they would at an average H&M store. There’s no doubting that & Other Stories is certainly trend driven. Their color palette, silhouettes and prints are very, very, “now,” to say the least. However, & Other Stories manages to interpret trends and turn them into pieces that have the potential to have some longevity.

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This women’s wear brand is definitely geared toward the Millennial recent college grad looking to start establishing a more polished wardrobe. However, there’s no reason that women of all ages can’t enjoy and interpret  the pieces into their own work style.

Playing off their name, the brand strives to create “stories” by keeping their selection concise and cohesive. A lot of the items they have for sale right now follow similar styles, silhouettes and color palettes, which look nice when paired together. This is obviously a very good thing because it makes it easier to find items that can be styled together. However, it also makes it impossible to visit & Other Stories and not buy more than a few things at a time.

Below are a few of my favorite pieces currently available on the & Other Stories website.

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If anything, these pieces obviously prove the mission of & Other Stories, and make me even more excited for the pieces they’ll create for future seasons.

Beauty 101: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grege

November 19th, 2014 by Anne Dreshfield | Posted in Items, Women, _Home Page Featured | No Comments »
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What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette for the office? If you’re anything like me, you probably reach for a trusty neutral palette and create a bit of drama with eyeliner or a pop of color on the lips. My longtime favorite is Chanel’s palette in Raffinement, a stunning, slightly warm-toned eyeshadow palette that I can use to make an office-appropriate, neutral smoky eye, and quickly switch up to an amped-up smoky eye for the evening. In fact, it might just be the one palette I’ve hit pan on in quite a while. But a new palette’s caught my eye…and it’s Dior.

I may not be cheating on Chanel yet, but I’m tempted. Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grege has my fingers itching for a few brushes to make a smoky eye for fall. While Raffinement’s colors lean golden, Grege’s lean cooler, which is flattering on my skin tone and also perfect for the changing weather.

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Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grege offers up a warm-toned tan shimmer (top left), a cream shimmer (top right), a pale taupe sheen (center), a plum brown sheen (bottom left), and a gunmetal grey shimmer (bottom right). Famed for their buttery feel, easy blending, and subtle sparkle, Dior’s eyeshadows are certainly a luxurious addition to your getting-ready-for-work routine.

The instructions that came with all of Dior’s 5 Couleurs palettes instruct that any three shades that are touching can be used together to create different looks. So, you could pair the top left, center, and bottom left shades for a neutral brown smoky eye, or do the opposite side of the palette for a cooler grey-toned smoky eye. Feeling playful? Skip diagonally down the palette for variations on each.

Oh, I’m tempted. I’ll admit it, Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Grege – I don’t own any Dior eyeshadows, but that might be changing in my near future!

The Working Wardrobe At Henri Bendel

November 18th, 2014 by Emma Klug | Posted in Events, Women, _Home Page Featured | No Comments »
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On Thursday, November 6, The Working Wardrobe had the pleasure of holding a shopping event at the Henri Bendel in downtown Chicago. From complimentary champagne to an extremely generous discount of 25 percent, the event was a definite success. On top of getting to chat with friends and guests, we also enjoyed perusing the extremely stylish accessories of Henri Bendel. With a plethora of small gifts, beautiful bags, delicate jewelry and interesting tech accessories, there’s currently a ton of glamorous pieces at Henri Bendel perfect for your working wardrobe.

View the pictures below to get a glance at all the fashionable-fun from the evening!

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Couldn’t make it to the shopping event? That’s okay! Be sure to check out the Henri Bendel website or visit your local store to peruse the merchandise yourself. Plus, with the holidays quickly approaching, keep in mind that these items would be perfect for the fashionista on your list.

Today’s Coveted Working Look: Old Navy Jacquard 3/4-Sleeved Dresses

November 18th, 2014 by Anne Dreshfield | Posted in Items, Women, _Home Page Featured | No Comments »
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Don’t you just love when you stumble on a pleasant surprise in a story?

I headed to Old Navy today to return a few items I’d bought online and didn’t fit, and decided to take a spin around the store. I love a variety of Old Navy’s pieces, particularly their activewear, accessories, and smaller items – boring things like socks. So imagine my surprise when I found an adorable little fit-and-flare dress that fit perfectly!

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This dress caught my eye mainly because it was on a mannequin, way up high, almost touching the ceiling. Is it just me, or is Old Navy the only store that literally lines their ceilings with mannequins? Anyway, it worked – this dress was styled with a cute scarf and a pair of booties, and I walked halfway across the store to get to it. Once I was closer to it, I realized the dress is actually a thick cotton, and is a lovely, textured jacquard that makes it more than just a solid dress. Score!

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I snatched up the black, but that was only because the garnet color, pictured above, was out of stock in my size! It also comes in a lovely royal blue, which I had to talk myself out of buying, as well. Eyes on the prize, ladies, eyes on the prize! The best part was that this dress was on sale from its already low price – can’t beat that!

Have you ever stumbled upon an amazing find when you’re shopping for something else entirely? I’m glad I did today!