Five Fall 2014 Trends Made Career Ready


It may be blazing hot outside and you’re probably rocking your summer maxi dress as you read this, but the fashion forward are already thinking about their fall wardrobes. While everyone else will be out shopping for pantsuits when the weather changes, you’re probably here in search of edgier looks for the office. Translating fabulous, over-the-top runway looks to the workplace is not a straightforward task, but it’s certainly doable if you know what to look for.

There were some common themes on the Fall 2014 runways this year. From Valentino’s and Gucci’s 60s-inspired looks, to Emilio Pucci’s and Rag & Bone’s Fair Isle prints. There was a lot to work with following the weeks of fashion around the world in February and March. Here are some looks that unify the themes that are fashion-forward and career-ready with Fall 2014 trends in mind.

Teacher’s Lounge-wear

Teachers-Lounge-wear Five Fall 2014 Trends Made Career Ready

Take a note from Hugh Hefner, and rock a robe-styled trench this fall. Maybe you don’t work from home, but at least you can feel like it. Wear your robe trench with a pair of structured pants heels.

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Robe Trench, Raquel Allegra, $502
Medium sleeve shirt, Marni, $612
Cigarette trousers, Veronica Beard, $425
Medium leather bag, Dolce & Gabbana, $1,110

Everything Mod is New Again

Everything-Mod-is-New-Again Five Fall 2014 Trends Made Career Ready

The super fun looks of the 60s are back and not so updated. The bold colors, space-era shapes and thigh-high boots will all be fair game this fall. Keep your look classy and dress it up a bit with patterned tights under sexy, over-the-knee boots.

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Rosy stripe flared dress, Stella McCartney, $957
Patterned tights, ModCloth, $15
Over-the-knee leather boots, Burberry, $1,295
Tote bag, Michael Kors, $530
Color block post earrings, Carolee, $28

It’s Fair [Isle] Game

Its-Fair-Isle-Game Five Fall 2014 Trends Made Career Ready

Fair Isle print has been pretty popular amongst various fashion genres, from street wear to haute couture. You can make this generally casual look a bit edgier by matching it with skinny leather pants and a black leather, chain detail bag. Nude/black color block heels complete this look for the office.

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Blue wool/mohair sweater, Paul Smith, $375
Brown leather pants, A.L.C., $495
Tan/black color block shoes, OFFICE, $48
Chain biker tote, Lipsy, $86

Turtlenecks Are Back

Turtlenecks-Are-Back Five Fall 2014 Trends Made Career Ready

Turtlenecks are making a comeback, and not in the awkward, 1980s school photo way. These turtlenecks are big, oversized and versatile. Their versatility makes them perfect for the office. This look pairs a gray sweater with a bright pink A-line skirt, which stands out amongst the black booties and bag.

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Oversized turtleneck sweater, Toga Pulla, $474
Pink A-line skirt, Sonia Rykiel, $255
Leather ankle boots, Lodi, $255
Adjustable shoulder bag, Tory Burch, $395

Urban Cowgirl

Urban-Cowgirl Five Fall 2014 Trends Made Career Ready

The East coast met Western style on the FW14 runways. This sleek look is office appropriate, but remains reminiscent of high-noon shootouts. You can wear a silk tee or cami under this leather sleeve, or wrap a cardigan around your shoulders. Trade spurs for cap-toe booties, and keep it true Western with a black cowboy hat.

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Leather-sleeve cardigan, Anne Vest, $393
Loose fit wrap pants, Alexander McQueen, $605
Suede cap-toe ankle boots, Alexander McQueen, $1,145
Leather grunge Knapsack, found on, $48
Black beaver blend Western hat, Casino 3X, $70

Be inspired by these looks to incorporate the creativity of Fashion Week’s runway looks into your fall career wardrobe. You can be edgy in the office and stay within dress codes. Style and function go hand in hand — it’s all in how you take fashion and make it entirely your own.

“Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”  — Lauren Hutton


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