Make yourself a polished professional wardrobe with these 9 new patterns from the August 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine. Sheath dresses with chiffon details, easygoing blazers, and wear-with-anything skinny slacks are staple pieces for any working woman. Just slip on some heels, and you’re ready to head to cocktail hour!
The Pintuck Dress is one part flapper girl, one part office chic, and a little Jackie O. This sweet sheath style is made in wool velour with a chiffon embellishment. Use a contrasting color on the front detail to highlight the different fabrics. A darker color is extra slimming! This is a versatile dress to go from work to cocktail parties.
The Banded Neck Blazer dresses up a simple hip length blazer with a sweet tie neck. This great layering piece has long sleeves, pockets, and a flattering hip length. Choose fabrics with swing and stretch for the best silhouette.
Bring a little ladylike glam to the office with the Scarf Blouse. An extra long sweeping tie decorates the neck of this pretty georgette top. Top has bust darts for a nice fit and a front godet for swingy movement. This blouse gives an ultra feminine look paired with leggings or wide leg pants.
These straight leg Pencil Slacks are a wardrobe staple. Wear them to the office paired with a flowy blouse or soft sweater. In stretch jersey, they’re also super comfy!
Toss the Long Blazer over your shoulders when the office gets chilly. This open jacket has simple lines that go with any outfit. Bust darts and an A-line silhouette are easy to wear, and stretch jersey is super comfy.
For a more structured piece, try the Layered Jacket. Pretty georgette peeks out from under wool crêpe in this buttoned up style that’s proper enough for the office, but still soft and cozy. This everyday style also has pockets.
These Straight Leg Slacks are a wardrobe staple. Wear them to work with a pretty sweater or blouse. Stretch gabardine looks polished, but is still comfortable to wear all day. These slim-lined pants look great with high heeled pumps, or take the hem up to your ankle and wear them with Audrey Hepburn style flats.
Protect your outfit from the elements with a crisp poplin jacket. The Knee Length Coat is just the thing to wear over fitted dresses and slacks to cover up without sacrificing a streamlined look. This style looks polished in crisp poplin with some stretch.
The Front Embellished Dress is a classic sheath dress embellished with ribbons at the front and hidden pockets. Wear this body-conscious style to the office or out to dinner. Use any dress fabrics for the body, stretch fabrics for the sleeves, and a pretty chiffon for the embellishments. This dress is classic and elegant, with a flirty touch from the chest embellishment and fluttery sheer layer at the bottom.
These 9 looks look polished at the office, but are still relaxed and easy to wear. The Pintuck Dress and Front Embellished Dress will become your new favorite outfits. These sophisticated, figure-conscious pieces make it easy to look pretty and professional, and look just as elegant and put together at a cocktail bar as they do at work.