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Button Up Shirt
Whether crisp and clean or silky and sultry, a button-up shirt exudes sophistication and class. Keep the collar unbuttoned for a laid-back look, or achieve pure polish with done-up styling. It’s easy elegance personified, no matter which way you choose.
To buy: Everlane Silk Rounded Collar Blouse, $80 at everlane.com
A sleek way to top-off any look, take your tailored blazer out from behind your desk and wear it with everyday favorites. Pair with jeans and a tee for off-duty elegance or use this menswear-inspired staple to balance out a super sweet dress.
To buy: Topshop Collarless Panel Jacket, $90 at topshop.com
When it comes to shoes that will stand the test of time, minimalism is key. A mid-heel, sleek silhouette and single sole will ensure your footwear is both practical and pretty.
To buy: Zara Two-Tone Pointed Ankle Strap Shoes, $60 at zara.com
Well worth an investment, a coat gets more use than almost any item in your closet during cooler months. Leave room for layering and keep it long and lean for an elevated outwear look guaranteed to last throughout the years.
To buy: ASOS Limited Edition Salt & Pepper Longline Coat, $203 at asos.com
Arm candy alert -- nothing takes you from day-to-night like a smart satchel! An essential accessory that always feels fresh, this ladylike piece earns you mega style points.
To buy: Mango Quilted Bowling Bag, $70 at mango.com
The epitome of cool, a leather-like jacket has become an urban cult-classic. Transform preppy or polished pieces by throwing it over your shoulders on chilly nights, or pair with jeans and a tee to add instant edge.
To buy: French Connection Athena Jacket, $148 at frenchconnection.com
It’s true – great jewelry can up the ante on your outfit. But that doesn’t mean your earrings have to be trendy. Choose diamonds, pearls, or simple silver or gold spiked studs for subtle sophistication. A little hint of sparkle can go a long way!
To buy: Baublebar Glitter Orb Studs, $26 at baublebar.com
Feminine and chic, a polished sweater is an obvious choice when you want to warm-up without feeling frumpy. Super-soft cashmere and a tailored fit make this layering piece look extra luxe.
To buy: Boden Cashmere Crewneck Cardigan, $148 at bodenusa.com
For a timeless trick to inject a pop of color, put the focus on your face with a pretty signature scarf. A great way to keep warm while adding interest to your outfit, pick a pattern you love and layer it over any fall look.
To buy: Tolani Super Silk Scarf, $95 at creativecontrast.com
No work wardrobe is complete without a pencil skirt, but feel free to take this staple beyond the boardroom, too. Choose fashion-forward accessories and stick with a slim fit to keep it classy and sassy.
To buy: LOFT Curvy Fit Leopard Print Pencil Skirt, $70 at loft.com
Fancy footwear always looks great, but savvy women know that a smart driving or walking shoe can be a true sole saver. Whether keeping it casual on the weekend or commuting to work, stay comfortable and stylish in a pair of soft leather loafers. Less dainty than a ballet flat yet still perfectly refined, these shoes will take you seamlessly from one season to the next!
To buy: Zara Soft Leather Loafer, $70 at zara.com
Little Black Dress
Impossibly chic, a classic shift in solid black is the perfect canvas for any occasion. Take a cue from Coco Chanel, and opt for something simple and refined, ensuring your LBD will be long lasting and versatile. To transform this stylish uniform into an of-the-moment ensemble, just add a few accessories and off you go!
To buy: Nation LTD La Quinta Dress, $92 at revolveclothing.com