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How to Wear Offbeat Ladylike Looks that Stand the Test of Time.

You’ve landed your dream job, but what about your dream closet? The women that practice versatility in their careers—women are the ultimate master-multitaskers, maneuvering between work life, home life, and from time to time, even, a social life—are just as dexterous with their wardrobes. So, say hello world, and give your workwear wardrobe a raise with these cooly polished 9-to-5 must-haves. The key to dressing for success, both in and out of the boardroom, is as simple as working what already works for you. Sleek tailoring, modern silhouettes, and bold pops of color in the form of pieces like a Christian Dior prim-and-proper houndstooth structured blazer or a contrast stitched and fur-trimmed wrap coat by Proenza Schouler . Proof that dreamy layered looks serve to inspire. Day-to-day duties may dull the senses, but that doesn’t mean your outfits should follow suit. Don’t shy away from adventuresome shapes and patterns. Do you love loud splashes of color? Opt for romantic dresses in bright red like Galvan’s airy silk flamingo dress in silk. Do you love billowing voluminous-fits? Opt for Céline crimson cocoon coat in red double face wool. Go for pieces that reflect you and your innate style. Within reason, that is. We suggest you save the risqué and ribald for the better part of the weekend because any seasoned boss knows that classic and effortlessly chic clothes— look to slick suiting , luxe separates, and refreshed layering in pared-back tones with pops of vibrant colors is this season’s smart take on understated elegance—no matter what the occasion, are the kinds of pieces that measure up in the office. Shopping for workwear shouldn’t be a burdensome affair. Here, we illustrate how to wear this season’s key trends.