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The Limited zipper T-shirt, Oliveo denim skirt, L.K. Bennett patent leather pumps, Hermes collier de chien bangle, peridot beads necklaceKieselstein Cord belt and buckle (all own)

Classic with a twist

Business casual or corporate work style can easily get boring. You have to stay within the lines of the HR approved work dress code. After awhile you get your looks on repeat, feel bored and urged to buy new clothes to switch things up. However, when on a fashion budget like most of us, going shopping may not be an option each time when you feel like you are caught up in a style rut or feel bored/unhappy with the options in your closet. Now what?

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Sheath with pumps are a foolproof work outfit

Pairing a sheath with pumps and a bag is a fool proved summer outfit for the office. However, it can easily go into boredom land when you set it on repeat. Thus, you want to mix it up to keep it interesting (and to covey the message that you are creative and on top of things). Here I am wearing a gray leather sheath with a striped button-down shirt and gray ankle strap pumps for an edgy, but office appropriate look. The twist? Wearing leather in spring and summer. It’s perfect on those chilly rainy days. To stay warm in the evening when temperature drops into the 60s (15oC) I added a white denim jacket.

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#fashionover50 woman in leather sheath styled for work
Gray unbranded leather sheath dress, Jones New York button-down shirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Tissot stone watch, cat bangle,  Fossil white denim jacket, J. Crew shirt, Covington ankle strap pumps and Coach bag (all own)

Why this outfit works

The stripes of the shirt pick up the shades of the different gray of the sheath and shoes and the bag. You can style this sheath in many ways. I even wore this sheath as skirt.

Do you own a sheath dress? How do you style it? Like the idea? Why not pinning it?

Don’t be a copycat

This outfit is a skirt version of Casual Friday for a business casual work environment. The pumps keep the look office appropriate. Since it was a rainy day I added my classic trench coat for the commute. The orange bag adds a pop of color to improve the mood on a rainy day. In fashion over 40, it is like this quote
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For me this means classic (denim skirt, striped T-shirt, patent leather pumps, statement bag) with a twist (zipper detail on the shoulders, mixing green and blue, orange statement bag). While this Tee had the zippers, you can easily upcycle an old T-shirt by sewing on zippers or dyeing it to give your wardrobe a new twist. What about you? Which tricks do you apply to stay out of a style rut?

midlife style blogger in classics with a zipper twist

style blogger Nicole in denim skirt with striped shirt and trench coat
Outfit details: Burberry Brit trench coat, The Limited striped top with zipper details on the shoulders, Oliveo denim skirt, peridot pearls statement necklace, and L.K. Bennett pumps (all own)

You can find another example of how I styled the striped top in the post at the link. How do you tweak your classics to stay interesting? Do you like zippers? Just curious.

Another classic with a zipper twist

The example below is a work outfit in all neutral colors for a warm summer day. The lizard belt is a shade darker than the shoes. The color of the shoes elongates the legs. The zippers on the side of the pants add a twist to this classic look.

Why the look works

The black color of the top and the black in the print pick up the black weave in the linen pants. The brown hues in the cardigan pick up the hue of the Kieselstein Cord belt and slingbacks

Nicole of High Latitude Style donning a classic, casual posh look with zipper details at the ankles

blogger in linen pants
Outfit details: Printed cotton 3/4 sleeve GNW cardigan, Oliveo linen pants with zipper detail, Ray Ban sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, smoky quartz necklace, Anne Klein slingback pumps, and Jones New York black silk top (all own)

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Photos: G. Kramm

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