Power looks require power investments, especially when it comes to classic pieces that make up the foundation of a polished professional’s wardrobe. As part of our BE Polished style series, we highlight key apparel and accessories that will ensure your office look is always on point. —Sirita Wright
HER COAT: A nice swinging trench never goes out of style, and one that has a relaxed silhouette and belt flatters most body types. This Topshop coat ($137) also has an added timeless accent, a detachable faux fur collar, taking you from end of spring into fall and winter with pizazz.
HIS COAT: This is a definite must-have investment, being both versatile and wearable in all seasons. You can wear it on a cooler day before the winter frost comes, layer it with fall items or wear for rainy days. Try a coat in a seasonal blend like this beltedShades of Grey trench, ($264; Bloomingdales) for a sleek, timeless look.
HER WATCH: Whether you’re in the boardroom, classroom or in the field, this watch will work magic, adding that special touch to any look. A statement piece in rose gold follows a timeless trend and works well for formal or casual occasions. Try this Michael Kors watch ($295), which flatters all skin tones and works with any ensemble.
HIS WATCH: There is nothing better than when a great watch peeks from the edge of a man’s sleeve, showcasing his style and personality. Any man’s watch is an investment piece and should be of good quality. The textured band is a big trend this fall, like this emerald green, crocodile-banded D&G Zermatt watch ($195; Neiman Marcus).
HER BAG: The oversized, classic bag is essential for the working woman. This fall, the satchel silhouette works wonders when it comes to style and functionality. This one, from Ivanka Trump’sline ($175), features quilted leather and a detachable strap. The neutral color allows for everyday wear and can be dressed up or down.
HIS BAG: Bulging pockets and hands laden down with everything from your PDA to your lunch simple just won’t work when it comes to presenting a polished professional look to the world. A great alternative to a briefcase is a messenger bag (not to be confused with the “man purse”). Keep all of your work and tech essentials in one central location with something like this Cole Haan carrier in a neutral and durable leather.
HER LITTLE BLACK DRESS [LBD]: Every woman needs a deliriously sexy, little black dress that can be worn in the office and out of it. A dress with ruching or draping is possibly one of the most forgiving and versatile pieces for any body type. Try something like thisAiden Maddox dress ($220) for the perfect LBD.
HIS BASIC BUSINESS SUIT [BBS]: Having that perfectly tailored basic business suit (BBS) is the best option, not only for polish but to provide numerous mix-and-match options for other looks. It’s always good to find one in a seasonal material such as a cotton blend, in a solid black, navy, or grey tone like this one from Bar III ($299; Macy’s)
HER SHOE: A pair of classic black pumps is timeless, but don’t forget to add a nude one to your collection. Nude pumps add height and a sleek silhouette to feet and can be worn with almost any outift. A round or almond toe is great, but this fall try a pointy toe shoe like this Charles Jourdan Collection platform pump ($245; Endless.com) It combines the chunky heel with the pointy toe platform that can be worn from the office to your afterwork soiree.
HIS SHOE: Step up your shoe game with the classic oxford. Today’s versions are sleek and grown up, not too stuffy and aren’t the shoe of grandpas past. Go for a leather neutral like brown, black or grey such as this Vintage Oxford ($99.90; Zara).
THE WILDCARD CLASSIC: It’s always good to have an item in your closet that embodies a classic trend that seems to always come, go, then come again. For men, it’s the statement tie in a popping print, such as a paisley, and for women, it’s all that is leopard, a hot trend this fall for shoes and accessories. Spice up any ensemble with what could be considered the “new nude pump,” with this leopard-print Sam Edelman shoe ($140; Piperlime).
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