There is no shortage of women who mean business in the Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine office, and while a lot of our day-to-day office wear can be somewhat casual, there are definitely time when we have to wear more traditional business attire. Here, three of us show off looks that mean business. Marilyn Hamlin Account Manager, CAWLM You have all heard the phrase dress for success. Looking professional on the job makes you feel confident, like you can seal the deal. A black pencil skirt is a great piece to have in your professional wardrobe. It can be paired with a jacket or blouse. The floral ruffle blouse is feminine yet business-like, and the black peep-toe pumps are a must for any work wardrobe. Skirt, $25, from JCPenney; shirt, $39.95 available at Dress Barn; shoes $40 from Kohls. Ami Iceman Writer, CAWLM There is a time and a place to go all-out, but for an office look it is about finding the right balance. It’s about fitting in at the office, not fading into the background. I picked one stand-out piece and let the rest of the look support the star. Pairing a simple white camisole and a classic grey pencil skirt with a vibrant coral blazer takes this look from being office drab to office fab. My nude pumps are the perfect accessories to any outfit (literally ANY outfit), and a few simple pieces of jewelry complete the look. Blazer, $30; camisole, $15; pencil skirt, $27, all available at Kohl’s. Pumps, $40, from DSW; necklace, $3, from Forever 21 Emily Caswell Managing Editor, CAWLM To me, nothing says business like a suit. I found this one in navy — which means it’ll transition through all four Michigan seasons — at Macy’s. Since a suit can be stuffy, I mixed it up with fun, vibrant accessories and a memorable pair of peep-toe shoes — one of the first professional pieces I bought after college graduation eight years ago! Suit, $80 (on sale); necklace, $20 both available at Macy’s; shoes, $50 by Nine West.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.