The Creative Professional || Pink & Purple

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Surprisingly enough, as a wardrobe stylist, I actually don't need to be dressed to the nines every day. Much of the time, I'm on set where I dress somewhere between conservative and casual (something like denim with a loose blouse, usually a heeled boot, often a clean sneaker) because styling is a very hands-on, active job: my outfit needs to be more work-ready than fashion forward.

Sometimes, though, a client meeting or networking event requires a more polished look (which I really enjoy putting together. I love creating a good power player ensemble). For those occasions, I do what I call, "The Creative Professional." It's basically a take on an office-appropriate look for those in creative industries where more fashionable expression is acceptable. The Creative Professional pairs slacks with a statement shoe, incorporates color, pattern, metallics, and even a leather pant into their look. The object is to showcase your personal style (i.e. creativity) while also looking like you could go straight to a client dinner or would be at home in a board room.

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Here, I jumped into The Creative Professional mindset with a colorful, feminine (but fierce) look. I put my own twist on the classic office outfit formula - button-up + slacks + pump (which, really, you can never go wrong with. It's a classic for a reason) - by topping it with a moto jacket rather than a blazer. The wide lapels and understated hardware add a little bit of edge to an otherwise pretty look. When the jacket is off, the relaxed button-up features mauve stripes and beautiful floral embroidery, adding even more personality while maintaining a professional appearance. I finished the look with my new favorite rose gold heels for a touch of on-trend shine.

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The Rundown:

Jacket: Ann Taylor, similar herehere, and here
Top: Express, link here.
Pants: Banana Republic, similar here.
Heels: Aldo, link here.