Which Fall Trend Will Make You Look Fearless At Work

September 12, 2012

Dark Romance is one of fall’s top trend categories and it has exactly what you need…sleek and chic leather, edgy accessories and the daring color, oxblood. You’ll look fun, fierce and fabulous in no time!

The trick is to wear a hint of these bold trends – a little goes a long way – and pair each with simple, classically-designed, staple pieces. Opt for leather sleeves, collars, piping or trim details, even leather panels – each is more work-appropriate over head-to-toe leather outfits. Plus, this style approach is super budget-friendly. Go for an oxblood red handbag or a pair of patent leather or suede shoes. Experiment with dark red lipstick, lip gloss or nail polish. Select conventional accessories with moderate, rocker-ish accents. There are lots of options available in stores, but they’re selling out fast!

Appearing confident on the job is key, don’t you agree?! These trends – when done well – will instantly, visually communicate your confidence and competence. Look powerful…feel powerful…be powerful! See above for more tips.

Aside from a blazer, have you ever worn leather to work? If so, do you think it made a positive impact?

Image credit, clockwise from top left: JACKET: MICHAEL Michael Kors One-button jacket with faux leather sleeves $225, available at Bloomingdales; BEAUTY: NARS Larger Than Life Rouge Tribal Lip Gloss $26 and NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Amsterdam $25, both available at Nordstrom; SKIRT: DKNY A-Line Skirt with Leather Trim $295, available at Bloomingdales; Runway, Alberta Ferretti F/W 2012 via Monica Feudi/Feudiguaineri.com Style.com; TOP: Vince Camuto Faux Leather Trim Top $89 $34.97, available at Nordstrom; BRACELET: CC Skye Mini Spike Bracelet $125, available at CCSkye; PUMPS: Stuart Weitzman Tipnaughty Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps $365, available at Bloomingdales; SWEATER: Michael Stars Cashmere Blend Pullover with Leather Trim $188, available at Piperlime; DRESS: Ann Taylor Faux Leather Ponte Sheath Dress $128, available at Ann Taylor; EARRINGS: Molly Rose Post Triple Satellite Earrings $63, available at Max&Chloe; COAT: Kenneth Cole New York Leather Sleeve Walker Coat $248, available at Nordstrom; JEANS: 7 For All Mankind High Shine Skinny Jeans $189, available at Shopbop; HANDBAG: Tory Burch 797 Medium Satchel $525, available at Shopbop.

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  • Anna Runyan

    I do wear leather at work. I think a single leather item can work in a semi-conservative office. Great post!

  • Thanks, Anna! Stay tuned…lots more runway to real way Fall trends coming next week.