1/4 Sabrina Grande
Styled by: Cynthia Ng-Villaluz, Vice President of Women's Design, Gap
Double Bag It
"I like to carry a smaller bag within a bigger one," says Ng-Villaluz. Look for a large, lightweight bag for your laptop and workout gear. Use the small bag when you go to lunch or for after-work drinks.
Add a Print
"You can have a lot of fun with accessories if the rest of the look is subdued," says Ng-Villaluz. A printed scarf or colorful shoes wake up a neutral outfit.
"This jacket will take you through the day if you don't have to wear a blazer," says Ng-Villaluz. "It's real leather with biker details, yet the fit is very feminine."
"Try an elegant belt with gold hardware or embossed skin," says Ng-Villaluz. "Simplicity is the best way to go."
"Ankle-length pants are flattering," she says. "Plus, they're great for showing off shoes. You can wear flats, wedges, stacked heels, or even kitten heels." Look for pointy toes for longer, leaner-looking legs.
2/4 Sabrina Grande
Styled by: Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer, BCBG Max Azria
Belt It Out
"Look for belts with unique textures and hardware," says Azria. This one can be buckled, knotted, or double wrapped.
"A stamped envelope clutch updates any look," says Azria. "It has the polish of a briefcase but on a feminine scale."
"Color is very important in the workplace," says Azria. A vibrant, pretty blouse makes an authoritative statement.
Stay In Between
"A mid-length skirt is attractive, ladylike, and perfectly office-appropriate," says Azria. "Pair it with structured booties for a modern look."
Show Your Stripes
"The metallic gray yarn brings a subtle sheen to this oatmeal sweater. The bold, sporty bands are modern yet work-appropriate. It's casual, cool, and put together," says Zung.
"Look for pants in a fabric with stretch so they feel comfortable all day," she says. Go for a tailored fit that lies flat at your hips and flares at the hem.
3/4 Sabrina Grande
Styled by: Austyn Zung, Creative Director, Loft
"When it's chilly outside or cold in the office, a hooded [faux-]fur vest is my go-to piece!" says Zung.
Sneak in a Surprise
Neutrals are a great foundation for your work wardrobe, but Zung likes to throw in a pop of color or unexpected texture with a belt.
"Layer pretty, feminine pieces on your wrist," she suggests. They're strong without being overpowering.
Get a Leg Up
"I pair high heels with extra-long tailored trousers so that it looks like I'm several inches taller!" says Zung.
4/4 Sabrina Grande
Styled by: Simon Kneen, Executive Vice President of Design and Creative Director, Banana Republic
"Try a cable sweater in a gorgeous, lofty yarn. It's more feminine and interesting—and not so stuffy," says Kneen.
"Beautiful flannel pants will look great with any jacket you have," says Kneen. But plan ahead: "You should know which shoes you are going to wear with your pants and have the pants tailored to the right length."
"Don't be afraid of a hidden platform," says Kneen. "It's more comfortable, and it'll give you height without looking like you're wearing your going-out shoes."
"I prefer quiet jewelry for work—a personal necklace, an understated bracelet, or one of those heirloom lockets on a chain."
"A beautiful, unlined duster coat feels more like a cardigan than an outerwear piece," says Kneen. "That touch of luxury ultimately gives you confidence."
"My pet peeve is when someone shows up to a meeting with two or three bags," says Kneen. "Try to find a do-it-all bag with lots of pockets to compartmentalize your stuff."