Lori Andre | July 16, 2024

Work Attire: A Labor of Love

Women's workwear has been evolving for years, and let's face it... it can be a lot of pressure. As a female entrepeneur, I feel the most important attribute to play up is yourself, and there's no reason why you can't integrate some personal style into your corporate garb.

This is Olivia, my new best friend. A pre-fall style just in from Vagabond, the Olivia features a sexy, on-trend high cut vamp with the right amount of coverage that also offers a lot of support. The architectural block heel is thick and not too high, so I know I won't be distracted by painful feet all day. This take on a pump is the perfect twist for a classic pantsuit or jeans and a blazer, especially in one of the awesome colors like the emerald green I have on here. 

Don't be afraid to have a little creativity when you're getting dressed for work. I like to think that showing off your own flare shows self confidence and an ability think outside of the box. Spring through fall, I love wearing my Amuse from Bettye Meuller (just marked down!). I've worn them all day without discomfort - amazing - and they're a great statement to have in your closet when you feel like mixing things up. A classic shape with some modern interest is a great recipe for a killer and long lasting work piece.

The Kenley from Pelle Moda is a simple and beautiful sculpted shoe. The pointed toe and kitten heel are sophisticated and feminine. The thicker ankle strap and oversized buckle provide some nice balance to the otherwise delicate features. I also like that the hardware is tonal, so I don't need to worry about coordinating metals. I really like to style these with a cropped wide leg pant. They're transitional enough to wear any season, and even more, they work day to night in any of the three available colors. 

I'm sure just like many of you, I really like to wear flats when I can. But just because I'm wearing flats doesn't mean I'm compromising my professionalism or style. Plus, office environments these days are becoming increasingly less corporate. All Black's Jungle Band is a fun nod to a pointed-toe flat. This style is super transitional, and it's unique without drawing too much attention. A huge trend this year is calf hair so the band across makes them super stylish. The mix of a traditional Mary Jane-inspired style with the funky, casual camo makes this one of my favorites of the season. 

Last but not least, every girl's gotta have a mule. This pair, Elton by Silent D, is somewhere in-between in terms of height, which makes it extremely versatile, comfortable and professional all at the same time. They're easy to slide on, and the combination of being suede and open in the back makes them seasonless. I am partial to the wine color I'm wearing here. It's really rich and acts as a neutral in my closet, especially because I wear a lot of black and like to break it up with some color on my feet. Mules look great styled with jeans, skirts - really anything at all - and I consider them a new staple style my wardrobe. 


  • Ellen Fiedelholtz says...
    On July 20, 2018

    Great fun, wearable work styles! What are the fall “it” colors and what can we wear to transition from summer to fall in shoes and clothes? What are you wearing and packing Lori?

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