When in doubt: Blazer and Blouse

It can be confusing with all the new styles, guidelines and hemlines. With all the new cuts and trends, it’s now easy to stand out by sporting a classic office look; A tailored blazer with a crisp, white button down shirt and tailored slacks. Below is a great every day look from Ann Taylor that can’t go wrong in the office. Notice how the blazer cuts in at the waist and the pants are close, but not skin tight, to the leg, avoiding that boxy look that is easy to happen upon with slacks and jackets. Pair with a neutral heel, belt and simple necklace to bring the whole look together. Enjoy!

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Piped Plaid Blazer/ The Ankle Pant in Doublecloth/ Mila Leather Pumps/ Perfect Shirt

Staple Pieces are Essential

TheOProtocol stopped in to LOFT to check out their new fall line. What we found were classic pieces that are versatile and worth the investment.

Last week we featured Rent the Runway as a great option for selecting unique pieces that can be changed out week to week or month to month. For some, the $169 Unlimited Subscription fee can be a little more than the budget allows. This is where wardrobe staples gain their value.

While we love a good Casual Friday look, today we are going to feature the LOFT Pocket Shift Skirt in the “dark brown sugar” shade. This camel color is a great, warm fall shade that can still constitute as a “neutral” making it a great mix-and-match piece. The shift style cut is classic, sophisticated and can carry a broad range of tops; from sweaters to button downs and even a wrap. Pair with tights on cooler days or wear as-is when the weather is a bit warmer.  With the versatility this skirt offers, this skirt becomes a sensible purchase for those of us on a tighter budget, without sacrificing style.

This week (10/12/18) most of these items are part of their 50% off sale! Check them out!

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Loft Pocket Shift Skirt paired with the Plaid Tab Sleeve Blouse
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Paired with the Dot Stripe Wrap Top
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Paired with a navy flutter sleeve top.

Rent the Runway Rookie Edition: Casual Friday. The good, the bad and the wrinkled.

Lesson of the day: Consider fabrics that have a little more structure when placing your order. A wrinkle in your garment can be a wrinkle in your style.

Rent the Runway has been quite an experience this week. There is certainly a learning curve but by the end, I think I have developed a wealth of knowledge for my next order. Friday’s selection, a Trina Turk Alexsia Chambray Blazer , also came with it’s set of lessons. While I love the look of a blazer dressed down, one must take into consideration that acquiring clothing through an online medium means that these items are going to be packaged up, and sent on a several day journey through the mail. When theses items arrive, you may want to be ready with an iron or a steamer.  (You will see in the photos below how difficult chambray can be a tricky, maintenance-heavy fabric to work with)

If you’re like most working women, your day is busy enough managing a family (or even just your personal life), your professional life and all the things that fill the minutes in between. The purpose of RTR for professional women is to have ready-to-wear outfits that arrive at your door, with no extra work included. 99% of my RTR experience fell into that sequence. While I made sure to read reviews, check sizing and plan around my chambray blazer order, I failed to recognize that chambray wrinkles easily and is difficult to bring back to life at a moments notice. Casual Friday is a time to dress down, but having crisp, clean and ironed clothing is still an office protocol must.  Nevertheless, it can make a great addition to your Casual Friday look by giving a basic shift dress, similar to the one pictured below, some dimension and added color. Since both the dress and the blazer are solid colors, I brought Monday’s leopard print shoes back to life with a Causal Friday twist.

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While we here at TheOProtocol don’t mind sporting a casual dress and some heels on Friday’s, many enjoy the luxury of throwing on a pair of jeans before heading into the office. Below are some other ways to leave the dress on the hanger and finish out the work week with the coveted pair of jeans.

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Rent the Runway Rookie Edition: Order Miss

Today I’m going to show you my RTR miss. As I mentioned in my initial post, I had a certain criteria for what I was looking for when I ordered. The first dress was something I could wear to the office any day of the week and look great. I felt it was safe to say, I nailed it.

With the holidays right around the corner, I selected my second look, the Trina Turk Ana Sophia Dress, as something that could run double duty; I could wear it to the office AND to any corporate holiday party. While this look would look great at any holiday party or after work celebration, it’s sheer, lacy elements at the chest, arms and neckline and it’s keyhole back made it 100% inappropriate for the workplace.

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This is not a knock on RTR (this is a beautiful dress), but simply a Rookie mistake. When selecting this dress, I focused on sizing but with it’s more unique design and intricate detailing, I didn’t investigate further. What I should have done was look for photos of women who have selected this dress AND checked out the fabrics. This would have given me a better idea of the areas that would have made this a workplace miss.

Overall, LOVE the dress but as far as double duty, this one will be on the 9-5 sideline.

 

Rent the Runway: Rookie Edition Part I

Having witnessed Theo’s Rent the Runway pieces over the last few years, I decided it was finally time to take the plunge. I went into this rookie experience with a certain criteria set up for what I would be looking for. Today I will share my “Monday-Thursday” dress. I am pretty self conscious about my upper arms so I selected a piece with over-sized sleeves that would mask/give the illusion that my arms were thinner than they are.

The C/Meo Collective Black Divergent Dress was a perfect fit for what I was looking for. As suggested by Theo, I paid close attention to the sizing suggestions and sized my selection accordingly. This particular dress fit true to size. What I love about this dress is the high, conservative neckline (great for the office), A-symmetrical skirt and the bell sleeves. This cut had both a relaxed and polished look, great for any weekday at the office.

As the mother of a toddler, jewelry has faded from my day to day wardrobe for obvious reasons. With that, I added interest to this look with a mid-height, leopard, closed toe heel; a great way to wear animal print without being too “in your face” or club-looking.

So far so good!

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