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FORBES STYLE FILE / Style Strategy: Can I Wear Floral Shoes To The Office?

The new year has just begun, and we are still nowhere close to seeing spring, but spring fashions are already slowing streaming into stores. One trend that I immediately noticed was the appearance of floral-patterned shoes. It’s fresh, it’s pretty, and it’s colorful, but can it be worn to the office? A floral shoe can be worn to the workplace while still looking professional and fashionably on point. My own wardrobe is made of mostly neutrals, such as black, grey, navy, and white so I find it much easier to pair a floral item that encompasses one of those colors in its print. By matching a color in the shoe with an item in the rest of my outfit, the entire outfit comes together and looks cohesive. But of course, choose a floral print that suits your fancy. Continuing with the feminine feel of the print, wear the shoe with a skirt or sheath dress. If in doubt, limit the floral print to just the shoe, or with other smaller accessories, to avoid having your colleagues suddenly overcome with an overwhelming feel of a floral explosion:

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I love an all-white outfit especially to bring focus to the shoe, but if this if you prefer a little more color, a pink blouse perfectly complements the shoe as well. If your office place allows for more creative outfits, or for trendy Casual Friday ensemble, try a floral show with some culottes:

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If you need something more conservative, the culottes can easily be swapped out for a full length trouser such as these:

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Although at first seemingly limited in its possibilities, the floral shoe can be a great spring update to the professional woman’s wardrobe.

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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: