5 Stylish Pants to Wear to Work

Corporate Fashion

Whether you work for a startup company or a big corporation, there is one question that all of us are faced with: What do I wear? Fortunately we’re here to help, and in anticipation of the cooler months ahead, we are highlighting pants wear to work. See how you can bring sophistication AND style to the office with today’s business-chic picks.

Coated Denim

Work Outfits | J.Crew Regent Blazer; Tory Burch 59mm Cat Eye Sunglasses; Topshop Scoop Neck Tee; J Brand High Rise Maria Jeans; Manolo Blahnik Bipunta Pumps; Topshop Saffiano Colorblock Satchel

You can’t go wrong with basic neutrals. This look combines timeless camel and coated denim for a fashion-forward office outfit. Finish off with a white top and cap toe pumps.

Shop the Look: J.Crew Regent Blazer; Tory Burch 59mm Cat Eye Sunglasses; Topshop Scoop Neck Tee; J Brand High Rise Maria Jeans; Manolo Blahnik Bipunta Pumps; Topshop Saffiano Colorblock Satchel

Tee Time

Work Outfits | J.Crew Vintage Cotton Tee; SITA Condor Aviator Sunglasses; L’AGENCE Long Trousers with Cuff; DANNIJO Ellis Necklace; Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals; Clare Vivier Messenger Bag

A dressed down t-shirt is elevated with these wide leg trousers. Team them with strappy heels and a statement necklace for a touch of glam.

Shop the Look: J.Crew Vintage Cotton Tee; SITA Condor Aviator Sunglasses; L’AGENCE Long Trousers with Cuff; DANNIJO Ellis Necklace; Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals; Clare Vivier Messenger Bag

Statement Pants

work outfits | Topshop Stretchy Zip Back Sweater; J.Crew Campbell Capri; Nest Turquoise Collar Necklace; Halogen Marlie Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump; Topshop Oversized Crinkle Shirt

Team bold colored pants with basic neutrals for a sophisticated office statement. Complete the look with printed pumps and an eye-catching necklace.

Shop the Look: Topshop Stretchy Zip Back Sweater; J.Crew Campbell Capri; Nest Turquoise Collar Necklace; Halogen Marlie Calf Hair Pointy Toe Pump; Topshop Oversized Crinkle Shirt

Power Suit

work outfits | Theory Gabe B. Stretch Wool Blazer; Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pump; Leith Oversized V-Neck Tee; MARC BY MARC JACOBS Schoolboy Wool Blend Trousers; Lauren Ralph Lauren Reversible Croc Embossed Belt; Vince Camuto Caleb Clutch

Bring feminine suiting to the boardroom with this monochrome outfit. This look pairs a classic blazer with cropped trousers for a sleek, contemporary look. Top it off with pointed toe pumps and a contrasting clutch.

Shop the Look: Theory Gabe B. Stretch Wool Blazer; Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pump; Leith Oversized V-Neck Tee; MARC BY MARC JACOBS Schoolboy Wool Blend Trousers; Lauren Ralph Lauren Reversible Croc Embossed Belt; Vince Camuto Caleb Clutch

Casual Fridays

Work outfits | Alice + Olivia Long Tuxedo Blazer; Ray-Ban Cats 1000 Sunglasses; AG Adriano Goldschmied The Stilt Cigarette Jeans; FRAME Le Boyfriend Tee; Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag ; COACH Teddie Pump

Distressed denim and a polished blazer combine for a cool contrast on this “Casual Fridays” look. Complete the outfit with a simple white tee and statement pumps.

Shop the Look: Alice + Olivia Long Tuxedo Blazer; Ray-Ban Cats 1000 Sunglasses; AG Adriano Goldschmied The Stilt Cigarette Jeans; FRAME Le Boyfriend Tee; Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Bag ; COACH Teddie Pump

5 Professional Workwear Looks to Wear this Fall

Fashion-forward might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “office attire;” however, with the many new textures and modern cuts shoppable this fall, that perspective is about to change. So, whether you spend your days writing fashion editorials or are boss lady in the boardroom, we’ve pulled 5 inspiring looks that pack the proper style and sophistication for any job.

Boardroom Bold

Corporate wear gets a stylish update with this mix of bold prints and accessories. This outfit balances classic trousers with a patterned top and an eye-catching necklace for a subtle statement. 

Womens Work Clothes |Charles David Kaso Pump; Michael Kors Curb Chain Toggle Necklace; LIV Tiffany Crossover Blouse in Checker Print; Theory Emery 2 Stretch Pants; Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Leather Tote

Shop the Look: Charles David Kaso Pump; Michael Kors Curb Chain Toggle Necklace; LIV Tiffany Crossover Blouse in Checker Print; Theory Emery 2 Stretch Pants; Marc by Marc Jacobs Printed Leather Tote

Contemporary Flare

A classic trench and modern leather pencil skirt combine to make this eye-catching outfit. Complete the look with a delicate gold necklace, simple button down, and leopard print pumps.

Womens Work Clothes |  MICHAEL Michael Kors Trench Coat with Detachable Hood; Gucci 57mm Oversized Sunglasses; Equipment Slim Signature Silk Shirt; Halogen Chevron Stitched Leather Skirt; Christian Louboutin Iriza Calf Hair d’Orsay Red Sole Pump; Gorjana Taner Bar Necklace

Shop the Look: MICHAEL Michael Kors Trench Coat with Detachable Hood; Gucci 57mm Oversized Sunglasses; Equipment Slim Signature Silk Shirt; Halogen Chevron Stitched Leather Skirt; Christian Louboutin Iriza Calf Hair d’Orsay Red Sole Pump (budget-friendly shoe option); Gorjana Taner Bar Necklace

Effortless & Sexy

A printed sheer blouse and timeless trousers bring understated flare to this easy office look. Top it off with a textured tote and classic black pumps.

Womens Work Clothes | MICAHEL Michael Kors Slema Large Quilted Satchel; Jimmy Choo 55mm Sunglasses; Ohne Titel Jersey Burnout Blouse; Akris Punto Franca Techno Cotton Pants; Kate Spade New York Lottie Pump

Shop the Look: MICHAEL Michael Kors Slema Large Quilted Satchel; Jimmy Choo 55mm Sunglasses; Ohne Titel Jersey Burnout Blouse; Akris Punto Franca Techno Cotton Pants; Kate Spade New York Lottie Pump

Simply Chic

Bring street-chic to the workplace with this monochrome number. Balance this comfortable knit pairing with sophisticated pumps and a textured clutch.

Womens Work Clothes | 360 SWEATER Sahara Cowl Cashmere Sweater; GiGi New York Personalized Python Embossed All-In-One Case; Topshop Bonded Curve Hem Skirt; Alice + Olivia Dina Pump; Super Sunglasses America Sunglasses

Shop the Look: 360 SWEATER Sahara Cowl Cashmere Sweater; GiGi New York Personalized Python Embossed All-In-One Case; Topshop Bonded Curve Hem Skirt; Alice + Olivia Dina Pump; Super Sunglasses America Sunglasses

On-trend Conservative

You can’t go wrong with a sleek pencil skirt, button down, and pumps. Mixing prints is on-trend and adventurous, while the traditional shirt and knee-length skirt are more refined. The result is a conservative, yet fashion-forward outfit.

Womens Work Clothes | J.Crew Endless Shirt in Stripe; Alexander McQueen Square Sunglasses; Stuart Weitzman Daisy 90mm Pumps; A.L.C. Bell Crackle-Print Silk Pencil Skirt

Shop the Look: J.Crew Endless Shirt in Stripe; Alexander McQueen Square Sunglasses; Stuart Weitzman Daisy 90mm Pumps; A.L.C. Bell Crackle-Print Silk Pencil Skirt

Designer Spotlight: Altuzarra for Target

Target is no stranger to designer collaborations and this season is no different. Yesterday the popular discount retailer launched its latest partnership with CFDA Women’s Designer of the Year winner, Joseph Altuzzara. We have to say, the collection is nothing short of stunning.

Designer Spotlight | Altuzarra for Target

Altuzzara for Target is made up of 50 pieces, ranging from $18-$90. The line is sexy, sophisticated, and so perfect for a fall work wardrobe that we can’t help but share it. In the words of Altuzzara himself, “When designing for this collection and for my own collections, we always have the Altuzarra woman in mind- a woman who is sophisticated, confident and not afraid to express herself with fashion.” (Forbes) The target collection does just that. Typical of Altuzzara’s signature style, the new collection incorporates his global edge with bohemian accents, tailored clothing, and exotic prints. Each piece is subtly seductive, body conscious, and suitable for a wide range of ages. Pencil skirts are constructed in everything from classic blacks to bold snake prints, there are unexpected red velvet tuxedo suits, and he’s even included outfit toppers such as waist-cinching belts and luxe scarves.

The best part about Altuzarra for Target?

When worn alone, each piece makes a subtle statement that can easily fit into one’s already existing wardrobe. When worn as a collection however, each look is modern, sophisticated, and demands attention. Looking to bring edgy elegance to your wardrobe this fall? We’ve pulled some of our favorites. 

Altuzarra for Target | Shop the Collection

Shop (from left to right): 1. Button Down Dress; 2. Ankle Strap Pump; 3. Sheer Swiss Dot Bow Blouse; 4. Sheer Swiss Dot Scarf; 5. Python Bow Blouse; 6. Tailored Dress with Crane Embroidery; 7. Faux Croc Belt in Black; 8. Trench Coat with Back Detail; 9. Velvet Tuxedo Ankle Pants; 10. Velvet Blazer in Ruby Hill; 11. Faux Croc Belt in Brown; 12. Python Sheer Peasant Blouse in Emerald; 13. Ankle Boots in Black

Monday’s Muse: Alicia Florrick

Fans of the hit TV drama The Good Wife, which is up for 5 Emmy nominations tonight, have more to rave about than just its captivating plot. The show has built a loyal following off of everything from talented acting to noteworthy corporate styling. In honor of Julianna Margulies’ nomination for best leading actress, we’re paying tribute to her character’s refined style with our favorite business chic looks from the hit show.

Alicia Florrick | The Good Wife | Get Her Look

Since its start, the styling in the show has become its own topic of discussion with designer Daniel Lawson taking corporate fashion to a new level. This past January, Lawson teamed up with Andrea Cohen of British brand Number 35 to launch a line inspired by the characters on the show. The clothing echoes the refined boardroom style of The Good Wife’s leading ladies, featuring a range of tailored skirt suits, dresses, and trousers.

It’s all in the Details

Julianna Margulies’ character, Alica Florrick, brings color, sophistication, and understated sex appeal to the office. Classic workwear staples make up the basis of her outfits while modern accents bring the flare. She pairs timeless little black dresses with modern, tailored jackets. She sports sky-high heels and unique necklines. It is the understated details that pack just enough of a fashion-forward punch to make her stand out in the boardroom. Want to master business chic this fall? Get her look.

Black Out 

Alicia Florrick | The Good Wife | Classiques Entier Stretch Jacket, Jones New York Shift Dress, Michael Kors Mid Heel Pumps, Kate Spade Reise Leather Tote,  Kate Spade New York Watch

Shop the Look: Classiques Entier Techno Stretch Jacket; Jones New York Mallory All Season Stretch Sheath Dress; Kate Spade New York Gramercy Bracelet Watch; MICHAEL Michael Kors Mid Heel Pumps; Kate Spade New York Reis Leather Tote

Colorful Flare

Alicia Florrick | The Good Wife | Nicole Miller Long Sleeve Sheath Dress, Stuart Weitzman Nude Pumps, Majorica Pearl Drop Earrings, Nixon Sentry Bracelet Watch, Tory Burch Small Brown Tote

Shop the Look: Nicole Miller Long Sleeve Matte Jersey Sheath Dress; Stuart Weitzman Nouveau Pump; Majorica 10mm Pearl Drop Earrings; Nixon Sentry Bracelet Watch; Tory Burch Small York Saffiano Leather Buckle Tote

Modern Tweed

Alicia Florrick | The Good Wife | Vince Ribbed Pencil Dress, Mcginn Lisette Cropped Tweed Jacket, Marc Jacobs Henry Chronograph Watch, Charles by Charles David Pact Pump

Shop the Look: Vince Ribbed Pencil Dress; Mcginn Lisette Cropped Tweed Jacket; BY MARC JACOBS Henry Chronograph Bracelet Watch; Charles by Charles David Pact Pump

Monday’s Muse: Gillian Anderson

At 45 years old, Anderson has not only established an impressive resume filled with TV series and dramas, but she has also become somewhat of a role model for women around the world. What started as amateur acting in high school has become an award winning film, television, and theater career. Today Gillian Anderson is hitting the stage in London as lead character in Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The play has already received rave reviews and it just so happens that Anderson looks better than ever.

Gillian Anderson

Anderson has mastered the often-difficult task of being comfortable in your own skin. In a recent interview with Net-a-porter Anderson spoke of her insane schedule, saying that much of it is determined by the demands of her children and that “hours spent agonizing over her body is presumably something she doesn’t have time for” (Net-a-porter). She instead dedicates her time to her family, her work, and a positive self-esteem. 

What is Gillian Anderson’s style like?

Gillian Anderson | Mondays Muse | Get the look

As one who spends less time worried about her body and more time feeling good in what she has, Anderson simply glows. She keeps her hair simple and her makeup understated; her outfits evoke a classic style that ANY woman could pull off. You can expect to see Anderson in a mid-length dress whether she is attending a party or a promotion. Her silhouettes are often simple, synched at the waist, and totally flattering. Want to get her simply sophisticated look? Shop her style.

Understated Glamour

Gillian Anderson | DVF lace dress, Black Clutch, Stuart Weitzman black peep toe pumps, long crystal earrings

Shop the Look: Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Dress; Sondra Roberts Twist Pleat Satin Clutch; Nadri Framed Cubic Zirconia & Crystal Earrings; Stuart Weitzman Baroque Leather Pump

Classic LBD

Gillian Anderson | Ted Baker London Black Dress, Topshop white pumps, Natasha Couture clutchShop the Look: Ted Baker London Core Wool Blend Sheath Dress; Natasha Couture Deco Minaudiere; Topshop Glory Pump

Feminine Fit

Gillian Anderson | Black Halo Peplum Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA croc-embossed envelope clutch, Alexis Bittar drop earrings, Vinca Camuto pumps

Shop the Look: Black Halo Sleeveless Gabardine Jacquard Dress; BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Croc-Embossed Envelope Clutch; Alexis Bittar Miss Havisham Open Drop Earrings; Vince Camuto Karolynn Leather Pump

Flats for the Office

Flats to work? It IS possible. With similar color schemes in mind, TopShelf stylists Mae and Bryn share their picks for comfortable, stylish workwear. See how delicate pastels, floral patterns, and sophisticated flats combine to create fashion-forward office attire.

Summer Work Outfits: Metallic Touch

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Work Outfits

“When paired with a fun summer pencil skirt flats can create a put together look that is office appropriate. Accentuate this charming floral print skirt with these metallic ballet flats.” – Mae

Shop the Look: Stateside Royal Supima Crew Tee; Club Monaco Aubrey Skirt; Kate Spade New York Small Square Stud Earrings; Anniel Pointed Ballerina Flats; Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel; Gorjana Desti Cuff Bracelet

Summer Work Outfits: Florals & Pleats

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Work Outfits

“Pair a classic silk blouse with a white pleated skirt for a chic work outfit that is perfect for summer. These floral flats by Jeffrey Campbell add a finishing, feminine touch.” – Bryn

Shop the Look: Equipment Signature Blouse; JOA Pleated Skirt; Marc by Marc Jacobs Snake Bangle Bracelet; Jeffrey Campbell In Love Floral d’Orsay Flats; Rebecca Minkoff Medium MAB Tote; Marc by Marc Jacobs Watch Bandz Bracelet

Monday’s Muse: Carine Roitfeld

Former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, international style icon, and the world’s most stylish Grandmother (yes, we said Grandmother). Today, we bring you the sexy and sophisticated stylings of Carine Roitfeld. With careers as a model, writer, and Vogue editor under her belt, it seems as though few know more about the fashion industry than Carine Roitfeld. The Paris native reached her style stardom during her 10-year stint as editor-in-chief at Vogue. And thankfully, she has not stopped instilling her wisdom upon us since her resignation. See what Roitfeld has to say and get her look for yourself.

TopShelf Clothes | Carine Roitfeld Style

What is Carine Roitfeld’s Style?

“I have dressed the same way for the past 20 years – only the length of my skirt has changed. Consistent style shows confidence and knowing what suits you saves time when you are choosing what to wear” (Fashion Telegraph).

Carine Roitfeld displays a Parisian chic style with a personal twist. She wears straight, knee length skirts, and speaks of the importance of finding your best features and dressing to show them off. Roitfeld has said she often looks to show off her brows and legs, and therefore she can often be found in black makeup accentuating her eyes and leg-baring hemlines. Feeling inspired? Get her look.

Carine Roitfeld Style: Printed

TopShelf Clothes | Carine Roitfeld Style

Shop the Look: Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses; Three Dots Long Sleeve Crew Tee; ASOS Pencil Skirt; Alexander McQueen BiColor Leather Ankle-Strap Sandals

Carine Roitfeld Style: Black & White

TopShelf Clothes | Carine Roitfeld Style

Shop the Look: Joseph Dara Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse; Push BY PUSHMATAaHA Nubian Pendant Necklace; French Connection Neola Pump; Karl Lagerfeld Ashley Mesh-Trimmed Stretch-Jersey Skirt

Carine Roitfeld Style: Dressed Up Denim

TopShelf Clothes | Carine Roitfeld Style

Shop the Look: Theory Stretch-Crepe Blazer; Charles by Charles David Pact Pump; St. John Collection Milano Knit Contour Tank; 7 For All Mankind Fashion Seamed Pencil Skirt 

Weekend Roundup: Business Chic

Business chic- summer edition. See how you can stay stylish in the office with our workwear tips, go-to dresses, style muses and more. 

Last Week’s Snapshot:

TopShelf Clothes | Business Chic

Monday’s Muse: Amal Alamuddin

Amal Alamuddin looks flawless every time she steps out, whether it be to the office or a lunch date with fiance George Clooney. Shop her business chic style.

Tuesday’s Treasures: 3 Style Rules Every Workingwoman Should Follow

Summer workwear can get tricky when temperatures skyrocket and your go-to frocks no longer cut it. However, dress codes still apply. Here’s what to wear.

Wednesday Style File: 1 Dress 2 Ways

Finding the perfect summer work outfits just got easier. See our stylists’ picks for THE versatile dress that can take your from work to dinner in a breeze. 

Thursday Street Style: THE Working Women in Fashion

They’re photographed at every event, they top “Best Dressed” lists amongst Hollywood stars, and they know the trends before they hit the streets. We bring you, the working women of fashion. 

Friday Lifestyles: Purse Essentials for the Business Woman

Move from morning meetings to evening events with ease. We’re sharing purse essentials for the business chic woman, inspired by our very own TopShelf Founder & CEO Katie Nadler.

In Her Bag: Peek Inside TopShelf Founder’s Purse

We’ve shown you the perfect work dress, we’ve shared our go-to style rules for the office, and now we’re giving you a sneak peek at our own business lady, Katie Nadler. As the Founder and CEO of TopShelf Clothes, Katie is expected to look professional 24-7, regardless of where the day takes her. From breakfast meetings to investor pitches to evening panel discussions, Katie needs to be prepared for just about anything. So, where does she start? With a great bag to hold ALL of her daily essentials. See what’s in her bag.

Purse Essentials for the CEO:

TopShelf Clothes | Purse Essentials

  1. Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Tote: “It’s timeless, sturdy and fits everything you need for the day including my macbook.”
  2. Gucci Bamboo Tassel Zip Around Wallet: “I’ve had this wallet forever. While it’s sort of pricey, it wears well and I’ll likely still be using it years from now. It fits credit cards, business cards, and even my phone”
  3. Incase Portable iPhone charger:  “There’s nothing worse than losing power on your phone, especially if you’re running to a meeting. I was born in NYC and I still don’t think I’d be able to find where I’m going without google maps!” 
  4. Clinique Advanced Concealer: “You never know when your under eye circles will appear on those tired mornings. This is my one “must have” makeup item. I love Clinique because it’s gentle and good for sensitive skin.”
  5. Emi-Jay Brown Hair Ties: “Every woman understands the importance of having a hair tie on hand. I like these ties in particular because they don’t pull on your hair causing split ends.”
  6. Warby Parker Aldous Sunglasses: “I love my Warby Parker glasses. They have built such a great brand. Even better is that their business model allows you to get the same quality glasses as all the major designers but at a much lower price point.”
  7. Neutrogena Hand Lotion: “A good lotion is necessary when you live in a city where you’re constantly washing your hands.”

Desk to Dinner: 1 Dress 2 Ways

Heading to events after a long day in the office should not mean more work for you. With the right dress and a simple swap of accessories, you can be good as new. As we continue to highlight summer workwear this week, we’ve decided to take one of our favorite versatile work dresses and show you how to transition from day to night in style.

Summer Work Outfits: From In the Office…

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Work Outfits

Take this sleek DVF dress to the boardroom with a cropped jacket and closed toe shoes. Try a navy tote for a subtle touch of color and finish off your look with a polished watch.

Shop the Look: Diane von Furstenberg Bevin Asymmetric Ruched Dress; Michael Kors Slim Runway Leather Strap Watch; Topshop Freya Tile Pattern Crop Jacket; Kate Spade New York Reis Leather Tote; SJP Carrie T-Strap Pump

Summer Work Outfits: … To Out to Dinner

TopShelf Clothes | Summer Work Outfits

Don’t plan on heading straight home after work? You can be ready for an evening out with a simple swap of shoes, a lighter bag, and a great statement necklace. 

Shop the Look: Diane von Furstenberg Bevin Asymmetric Ruched Dress; Lee by Lee Angel Stone Statement Necklace; Jule Smith Big Bang Cuff Bracelet; Pour La Victoire Yves Alsace Cross Body Bag; Michael Kors Collection Charlene Strappy Sandals