New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday and the shows are in full swing. Zac Posen has often said that Fashion Week is “fashion-tainment”. He started saying that several years ago. Runway shows these days cater as much to consumers as they do to the press. Brands like Tom Ford and Burberry are transitioning from the traditional fashion calendar (you know, show fall clothes in spring and spring clothes in fall) to a “see now, buy now” schedule in which season-appropriate collections hit stores days after the show. Brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Givenchy have given consumers the opportunity to purchase tickets to their shows. Many shows are live-streamed to internet users worldwide. Yet the most obvious and practical consequence of prioritizing the consumer can be seen in the designs themselves. Fashion Week will always have strange cutouts and counterintuitive layering, but more often than not the runway looks are perfectly wearable in day-to-day life. Even at work.
Yes, designers are sending office-appropriate outfits down the runway. But these are not your average pantsuits. Here are 10 brands that present professional attire at its very best.
TSE — This monochrome white outfit is sharp as can be, with an eyecatching button in compliance with every dress code.
A white button-down always works. The sophisticated color palette and conservative shape make these dress pants desk-ready.
CAMILLA AND MARC — Godet pleats and raised seams set this classic black dress apart.
A cowl neck and skinny sash add definition to a conservative white dress.
With geometric pops of color, this coat will make the outfit. Just add pants!
It’s hard to go wrong with a matching top and skirt, and the peplum and trumpet flares dress them up. Pull up the shoulders and you have a chic boat neck.
A white button-down with a black pencil skirt will be welcome at any workplace. Button up the top and you’re good to go.
This might seem like just another black dress at first, but with a closer look, the Swiss dots bring it to life.
A high-necked shell and dress pants, with a kick.
A pale blue button-down is a refreshing substitute for white. The paper bag waist takes these black trousers to another level.
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