Thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, Issa London became a much more recognized brand when she selected to wear one of the brand’s classic blue dresses for her engagement announcement in 2010. The company was founded in 2006. Issa dresses in general are very flattering to women’s figures. I think it is a combination of their designs and the beautiful fabrics they use. I purchased this dress from the Outnet.
Burberry Prorsum, is still Burberry, but its the brands most fashion forward line. I am sure you can tell – no tartan happening here! These boots are from their fall runway 2014 collection and were purchased for about 80% off at Nordstrom.
Rebecca Taylor is “is a sophisticated, artistically driven lifestyle brand designed for and inspired by creative, dynamic women.” That is a lot to take in, but I always find great jackets and dresses for work at Rebecca Taylor. This jacket was purchased in 2012, but she always has amazing leather jackets including a blue one I am eyeing and can be seen below.
I have received many requests to feature complete outfits with an emphasis on workwear. I aim to please, so I will begin to incorporate both more frequently. I do promise that almost everything I have featured to date can be, and is, worn by me to work.
The look I am featuring today is easy to wear and very stylish.
I love a dress in this “fit & flare” style. I particularly love this style because it is comfortable and easy to wear. This is also a style that I have identified as working for my body type. There are many dresses that are easy to wear and that flatter your individual figure, but the key word is easy. When you are on the go like most every person I know in DC, you need easy to throw on clothes, that are comfortable and that also have the ability to make you look instantly stylish. See some of my picks below.
The leather jacket on top of dresses is one of my favorite looks. It’s edgy, work appropriate and you can take the look from work to a night out. Leather has mainstreamed with DC definitely taking notice of this. Incorporating a leather jacket over a dress is a look that would be very hard to mess up. Just make sure the jacket hits you in the most flattering spot, for me that is higher on my waist. To shake things up you can select a jacket with additional details similar to the one I have or try colored leather.
The shoes, are AMAZING, I know! The shoes are a statement on their own, but mixed with contrasting prints and different fabric textures, they are a great match for this outfit. While there are many elements happening with this outfit, I think it is pretty understated, imagine that! As it starts to get cold I will wear black opaque tights with this look. In the warmer months, I ditch these shoes for a summer bootie and in winter I wear a tall boot.
This outfit is very basic, but outside the box because of the contrasting prints and mixed fabric elements. Below I have put some looks together to inspire you to look differently at the clothing in your closet and to mix and match the way I have done with this look.
You can wear this outfit in any work setting. I would love to see a Member of Congress delivering a floor speech in this outfit. There is a requirement to wear a jacket on both the House and Senate floor, last time I checked, so a leather jacket fulfills this requirement. *I have been trying to find the official dress code for Senators and Members Congress, please send along if you have it.
I really believe a look like I have shown today can go anywhere you need to put your best professional self forward.
Photo Information: All photos were taken by Jessica Mitrovich at Dock 5 at Union Market, down an alley off of U Street, NW and on V Street, NW. Union Market is one of my favorite places to go in DC and Dock 5, the loading dock behind the market is a great space for events. To see what upcoming events are happening at Dock 5 and Union Market you can visit their site here.