Stylish and chic work clothes for the real world, not the runway

Elegant office wear for real women

3 1 Phillip Lim silk top
€97 – youheshe.com

Rag Bone black blazer
$450 – barneys.com

Wool pencil skirt
£75 – lkbennett.com

Carvela black high heels
£230 – debenhams.com

Kenneth Jay Lane chain necklace
£271 – kabiri.co.uk

Alcozer J pearl ring
$225 – forzieri.com

PIERRE HARDY Briefcase
$450 – thecorner.com

Call me a stick in the mud, but I just can’t jump on board with some of the “trends” that designers are pushing this fall/winter — wide cropped trousers in winter, banana yellow jackets, androgynous looks, dominatrix-inspired leather — really? What if you are a 2nd grade teacher, or a pharmaceutical sales rep, or just a 47 year old housewife that runs the carpool?

The trends that I can really understand are the ones that make sense for the season and the way real women live. Although they may look smashing on a 107-lb. 19 year old fashion model, I am simply not interested in wearing beaded corsets, oversized prints, or micro minis.

My ensemble today may not end up on a Paris runway, but I’ll bet it will look professional and very lovely in your office.

Happy Monday morning!

Susan McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and new for 2011 The Best Christmas Ever!  

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