I am the founder of the Ivanka Trump fashion brand; however, I also work at the Trump Organization, where I'm the executive vice president of development and acquisitions. As you might imagine, the dress code at the Trump Org is a bit more conservative than the dress code I employ at my brand.
Fortunately, a conservative environment no longer has to mean an ill-fitting pantsuit or a closet full of black and gray. I started my company because I felt firsthand the lack of workwear options available to modern professional women. As a woman in the real estate industry—a traditionally conservative, male-dominated field—I was part of a group largely misunderstood by mainstream media and most fashion designers. I think I wore a black pantsuit my entire first year after college. The options out there were dismal.
Today that's not the case. Whether you're in a more conservative environment yourself or simply in need of a fail-safe look for an interview, meeting, or upcoming presentation, I've assembled four go-to ensembles that will instill confidence, express your personality, and effectively kick your suit to the curb.
This draped sleeveless blouse is a modern update to a classic button-down. It's comfortable under a blazer but still appropriate on its own. The crisp white makes for a fresh contrast tucked into burgundy pants with subtle side piping for an interesting detail. I like to pair it back with a neutral suede mid-heel so the focus is on the pants. The perfect finishing touch is the Turnberry snake-embossed leather satchel, which is big enough to fit your work essentials but still chic and sophisticated for drinks after hours.
Vince Contrast Piping Side Strapping Trousers ($295)
Ivanka Trump Turnberry Snake Embossed Leather Satchel ($350)
I almost always wear dresses to the office. They're feminine, polished, and easy to style in the mornings. The dress here is the focal point for me. The geometric-knit jacquard gives interesting dimension and texture without being overly bold or distracting. If it's too chilly to go sleeveless, try adding a fitted blazer that accentuates your waist. I like this black suede pump with a crisscross strap detail, and I'd finish the look with our new Soho Tote, which is truly the ultimate work bag (you'll understand why when you carry it).
Ivanka Trump Jacquard Drop Waist Knit Dress ($134)
J.Crew Campbell Blazer in Italian Stretch Wool ($288)
It's always nice to mix things up with separates, but that doesn't have to mean a skirt suit. This midi-length skirt is incredibly chic and modern in its fit and fabric. I like it paired with the soft peach top—the secret here is opting for a top that skims the figure so that the look doesn't get dowdy or baggy midday. I would wear this with cutout booties, which feel perfectly on trend without looking "trendy."
Loeffler Randall Coralie Cut Out Booties ($450)
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a sleek black knit midi dress. I love it with my Deenal lace-up pumps; it's just the right amount of accessorizing for a fuss-free look. Throw a tailored wool camel coat on top and you're prepared for whatever the day has in store.
Ivanka Trump Deenal Lace Up Pointed Pumps ($145)
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