Time to Work It

Nicolas Ghesquière’s fall collection for Balenciaga explored corporate work attire. Styles ranged from a nylon jumpsuit to a high-powered, double-faced coat. And while they might not translate to the everyday woman’s staples, his attention to workwear proves it’s a complicated subject in modern fashion. No matter the office environment, these are the pieces that work across the board.

1. The Razor-Sharp Blazer
Offices are notoriously freezing, so be sure to stock up on a few jackets and blazers to get you through the seasons.

2. The Multitasking Dress
While some women may get away with an easy cotton dress in a casual environment, a more formal silk number makes a great day-to-night transitional piece.

3. The Tote-it-All Tote
Forget a briefcase – you need all the day’s essentials in one place. Opt for a comfortable and classic tote to help you lug around your life.

4. The Pump-it-Up Shoes
Fortunately, pumps are in this season, so your work shoes can finally double as your party shoes.

Get to work and shop our ELLE Editor’s Selection: What to Wear to Work Boutique opening Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11AM ET.

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March 22, 2012