Frankly, you should be spending your time on more important things, so here are nine outfit ideas and shoppable items to help you on your path to that corner office.
Rose Byrne’s simple Michael Kors polka-dot print midi dress with long sleeves is prim but not boring. Wear your printed dress with a brown belt, camel coat and plain pumps.
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Serena Dot Dress ($64) in Vintage Spot Navy
Brit Marling’s color blocked Reed Krakoff blouse and wide-leg pants are effortless and chic. Even Anna Wintour approves.
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Brett Shirt ($258) in Nature White/Peach Nectar Experimental Stripe Print
Micala Wool Wideleg Pant ($199) in Black
Take a page from Naomi Watts’ book and pair a simple sheath dress like her Calvin Klein version with classic pumps for a fuss-free interview look.
For a position in: PR
Sparks Crepe Sleveless Dress ($498) in Merlot
Etta Suede Pumps ($238) in Black
The deep, burgundy hue of Beckham's sweater adds just enough interest without being overpowering. Choose a wool pencil skirt, like her Victoria Beckham version, so that it isn’t clingy, and make sure that the sweater has a high neckline.
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Wool Pencil Skirt ($104) in White
Add polish to black cropped pants by slipping on a simple, striped blazer like Taylor Schilling’s Theyskens’ Theory version.
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Jlender Striped Blazer ($690) in Black
‘Quinn’ Skinny Ankle Pants ($79) in Black
Particularly great for colder climates, select a printed sweater and keep the underpinnings monochromatic. Top with a navy wool coat like Diane Kruger’s Hugo Boss style.
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Sporty Mesh Sweater ($250) in Ivory Multi
Women’s Regular Wool Cashmere Blend Pea Coat ($179) in Navy
As modeled by Hunt at the Porter magazine launch celebration, a light, tailored coat in beige or gray adds structure to a black blouse and menswear-style trousers. You can even wear with boots for warmth as she does here.
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Blouse With Shoulder Applique ($49) in Black
At the Opening Ceremony F/W 14 show, Gia Coppola deftly paired her slim, pinstriped pants with a fully buttoned white shirt for a polished spin on office attire.
For a position in: Finance
White Shirt ($327)
Vintage Striped Cropped Trouser ($107) in Navy
Wallpaper’s Editor at Large, JJ Martin, shows that a dash of print doesn’t have to be overpowering. Pair with slacks and a structured satchel.
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Petite Plaid Print Cardigan ($74) in Olympic Blue
Knightsbridge Satchel ($135) in Black