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I got the idea to pair a pretty formal looking blazer with a less-formal ankle pant. I preferred this pairing to a skirt, which I thought might look a little too stuffy. I contrasted the white with the bold colored pants and accents of silver. I think it's an interesting cross between "I'm bold and fun" and "I'm serious about my business. A short tail in the back is reminiscent of an old formal tuxedo but this blazer is best suited for the risk-taking, business fashionista.

 

 

 

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I love a bold pair of slacks. In this case, it's all about the daring red. I've always thought of red as a power color. The captivating hue has a way of commanding attention, which makes it the perfect option for days when you could use a boost of confidence. Though a pair of red pants may be a bit much for the super conservative office, most of us aren't stuck in the land of the perpetual grey suit and can risk spicing things up. Something like this should fit right in to your business casual workplace.

 

 

 

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If you're not into pantsuits but are partial to wearing pants to the office, the jumper is a great alternative. It's the perfect way to get a uniform look without conjuring up cringe worthy images of Hillary Clinton in her stuffy androgynous looks.

I scored this cute little jumpsuit while attending an event called Shecky's Ladies Night Out last year. At the event, local vendors set up shop and sell pieces from their boutiques and stores while attendees shop and try out samples of various things. This particular jumper caught my eye and after leaving it behind decided that I had to go back for it and I’m glad I did. It’s definitely a lively piece that can easily transition from fun to a more serious look with the simple addition of a blazer.

 

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So I might be a smidge late on this but I guess better late than never. Last December I went to see the movie The Best Man Holiday. The movie had barely even started before I was hit with a 1-2 punch of visual goodness. In one of the movies first moments the scene opens on Jordan, Nia Long's character as she paces the floor of a breathtaking, big-city office.  Now as beautiful as that spectacular office was, it paled in comparison to the vision of power and poise that was Ms. Long in that perfectly tailored, two-tone suit.

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I was in love with this look. I immediately had to find out more. It was time to do some digging. Let me tell you, I would have been completely consumed by my research had I not been so darn busy with a pending trip to Montreal and Black Friday related, deadline madness at work. After a thorough search I discovered that the outfit was one of a kind. This saddened me a little (Don’t mind me I would soon remember that I sit well outside the proper tax bracket for individuals actually capable of affording this type of magnificent creation to begin with). The two-piece suit was vintage Alexander McQueen layered in organza, lace and tulle and was specially customized for Jordan’s character.

After coming to the painful realization that not even several weeks of savings would afford me the good conscience to acquire the fabulousness that is this ensemble, I set out on a mission to find some business looks that played off the same color blocking idea. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Moschino Blazer and Tulle Skirt: This first selection is the closest thing I think you’re going to get to the McQueen suit. It’s also the closest I’m featuring in the McQueen price range. The blazer rings up at nearly $2,000.00 and the skirt almost $1,500. If this floats your boat, click the link to add to your collection. Click here for more info
  2. BASLER Short Sleeve Color Block Dress: This color block one piece is stunning and although it’s not a suit like the McQueen, it plays off of the same idea. Strategically placed blocks of color do wonders for the figure. Click here for more info
  3. Three Dots Color Block Dress: Much more modestly priced, this long sleeve pencil dress gives you just a touch of sexy while still keeping thing conservative. Click here for more info
  4. ASOS Structured Pencil Dress: One of my favorite online shops does a great job of delivering this Pretty/Powerful look. Short sleeves make this a great piece for transitioning from day to night. Throw a blazer over it prepare to make power moves. Click here for more info

 

So there you have it. Have fun recreating the look. Thanks for reading. Now let's make power moves lades.

 

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The structured lines if this black, military-inspired blazer are contrasted by the carefree design of the loose-fitting, black and white pants.  What is seemingly a paradoxical paring in theory translates to a combination that works exquisitely well together in real life.

I chose to complement the sharp look of the blazer with some equally sharp looking pointed toe heels.  The ankle strap heel with metallic toe and finish along with silver accessories work with precision to make for an effortlessly balanced look.

test kitchen imageSome times I get an idea for an outfit and it looks absolutely stunning in my head. Oftentimes, things turn out just as I envisioned and my idea looks great and sometimes umm... not so much. No real biggie. I usually just make few adjustments and rock an alternate version of my idea.

So here's my test kitchen. Basically, it’s just a visual representation of what's going on in my head so I can see it and get a better idea of how things will look when I pull all of the elements together thereby avoiding a ton of adjustments later on.

Now, I'm calling this my professor look. The objective is to create a look that gives off the aura of a distinguished professor. And what says, "I'm a professor" better than a smart tweed jacket and jeans? Sure some valid credentials and some actual students might say it too,  but whatever, let's not nitpick. It's all about the style here and I'm looking forward to putting this one together. I'll let you know how things turn out.