FORBES STYLE FILE / Style Strategy: Can I Wear Lace Pants to the Office?

I think many of us would agree that lace tops and lace skirts can be styled appropriately for many office environments, but what about lace pants? Yes, it can look a bit like “evening wear”, however lace pants can look both elegant and appropriate for the office with a little strategic planning. Since the pants already have a “pattern”, solid colors are a great choice for preventing the outfit from being over the top:

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Rag & Bone tank , $70 / Topshop , $130 / Club Monaco , $139/ Forever21 leather shoes, $27 / Botkier, $223 / Kate Spade statement necklace, $158 / Armitron watch, $55

Applying the the same concept of pairing the lace pants with solids instead of patterns, but you can use contrasting the colors if you still feel the need for that little extra something:

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H&M sleeveless shirt, $20 / Wallis pink jacket, $52 / Club Monaco slim pants, $139 / Salvatore Ferragamo , $450 / MICHAEL Michael Kors purse, $298 / Silver earrings, $100 / Metal ring, $12

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FORBES STYLE FILE / Style Strategy: Can I Wear a Long Vest to Work?

The long sleeveless vest, also known as a waistcoat, has been one of the more interesting trends this the past few seasons.It’s a great layering piece that actually looks great over almost anything and can be styled appropriately for the office. Check out this Club Monaco version:


Throw it over a sheath dress:

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DKNY sheath dress, $474 / Mango Wedge heel shoes, $130 / Milly leather tote bag, $485 / BCBGMAXAZRIA cuff bracelet, $68

If you are comfortable wearing all white, it is a great way to elongate the body, but if you’re like me and shy away from wearing head to toe white for the sole reason that you can’t keep it clean, you can opt for a colored trouser, any shape, skinny or wide-leg will do:

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Zara blouse, $40 / Reiss pants, $180 / Boutique 9 suede pumps, $140/ Rebecca Minkoff tote, $295 / GUINEVERE jewelry, $52 / Michael Kors watch, $160


A great styling idea, if you feel like you’re losing your shape or are overwhelmed by  the vest, belt it! Try a colored belt for a pop or double-wrap belt like this one:

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