By Stefani Forster, W Dish Editor –
Back to school used to mean new pens, pencils and backpacks, but for the working woman, it’s all about fabulous fall fashion. September is the time to stock up on some powerful new wardrobe pieces for the office, whether it’s a pair of stylish flats or a bold new shoulder bag. Here are our picks for the best “back-to-school” wardrobe essentials.
There’s something about a fitted pencil skirt that make us feel like a boss! Feminine and oh-so-chic, Canadian designer Caitlyn Power’s trendy Sydney design falls just above the knee, is fully lined and has slimming black side panels. (Check, check, check!) Pair with a colourful blouse and a blazer and voila – you’re ready for a high-powered business meeting. (Caitlyn Power Sydney Skirt, $98.50)
After Labour Day, it’s time to put away the summer totes and invest in a solid satchel. This lightweight Jessica Jensen bag is perfect for lugging around on your daily commute and still features luxe details like premium Italian patent leather and gold hardware. Best of all, it has a removable body strap for hands-free versatility, so you can easily transition from the office to after-work drinks with the girls. (Jessica Jensen Collection Boston Satchel, $298)
Forget about cumbersome, painful pumps – flats are ideal for transitioning your footwear from summer to fall. These beautiful black shoes from Lousie Cie Frieda feature a classic gold strap with trendy fringe detailing. Additionally, the almond-toe shape is universally flattering, which means you can wear them with shorter skirts on warmer days as well as with cropped pants when the weather cools down. (Louise et cie Frieda Shoe In Black, $175)
Blaze Of Blue
Blazers have become our sartorial weapons at the office (especially when the AC is still on at full blast!), but why not forego the usual black and try a more vibrant hue? We love this electric-blue option with cuffed sleeves, especially with its relaxed, drapey fit. Pair with jeans and heels or a pencil skirt and you may just score that long-overdue promotion. (YDE Studio Long Lapel Drapey Blazer, $69.99)
Time For A New Watch
A go-to watch doesn’t just tell time – it’s is a must-have fashion statement for a professional look. For the busy career woman, we like this androgynous Michael Kors timepiece with its thick gold band, bold, black face and Roman numerals. (Michael Kors Skylar Black Women’s Watch, $298.50)
Stay tuned for more to come from our friends at W Dish!