Neo-classic business chic

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With Christmas holidays approaching fast it’s so difficult to concentrate on work. Surely, gifts and cocktail dresses are much more pleasant to think about rather than finances and business meetings. So to make the last working days fly, I decided to experiment with business wear.

First, the socks with shoes ‘street style staple’ was brought into the corporate world. The rationale behind that (or at least that’s how I justify this frivolous appearance) socks are great alternative to wearing stockings to the office during summer – breezy yet blisters-free. Secondly, new lengths: a usual knee high pencil skirt was replaced with a midi. I shall admit, midi is a difficult length. So if you’re willing to give it a go, pair it with high heels to avoid that short stumpy legs look. As for accessories, a vintage brooch from Russia and a metallic skinny belt to bring a little bit of femininity to the otherwise a very straightforward black and white look.

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I wonder how far can we push boundaries of traditional corporate style? Is there a potential for neo-classic, to absorb all the recent flamboyancy of fashion? Or are they, traditional suit and office joined at the hip?

Outfit details: Zambessi business shirt, Zara skirt and bag (also seen here), belt ASOS, heels D&G, vintage brooch



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  1. Vertiginoso December 13, 2011

    WOow AND this duet matching socks § bloody lipstick (obviously) is enough to twist this “neo classical” vibrancy Here I must say Dear !!! Because the “Corporate Mistress” (kindly) can be an as versatile as enlightened Fashionista too (“Kind aesthete’s uber approving look”) . . .

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  2. The Dainty Doll's House December 13, 2011

    I love it!! I wear these kinds of skirts and I agree, you need a shoes with a heel or some kind of height to balance it out if your on the shorter side. Love that brooch, it’s gorgeous!! You look sensational as always!! I hope you have a wonderful week darling girl!! :)

  3. Amalia December 13, 2011

    Ohhhh I love the sockies!! the whole outfit looks smashing on you!

  4. Rosalia December 13, 2011

    What a great stylish chic work outfit! I love the socks with the heels! You look great! :)


  5. Melinda December 13, 2011

    I love the midi length skirt! And you pull it off so well.

    I am only 5ft and a bit so no matter how high the heels, mid lenth skirts or dresses just leave me looking like a midget, hehe :)

  6. Cheryl from BusinessChic December 13, 2011

    I like how you have styled your shirt with the vintage brooch and props for totally pulling off the socks with heels: totally stylin’ mama action!

    Is that yur actual office behind you? It makes for a great background!

  7. Maria V December 13, 2011

    Thank you all ladies for your kind words!

    @Cheryl Yes, that’s The office. I may use it as a background more often then!

  8. Red Lips, Black Hair December 13, 2011

    You look great!

  9. Suree December 13, 2011

    This is a classic stunning look!!! Love a skirt and bag the most!!! Anyway, do you have any chance to inspire a look for advertising or marketing women who love to have more fashionable and professional look at one dress?

  10. Tereza December 13, 2011

    You look so chic, I love this outfit.

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  11. Maiken December 14, 2011

    wow, you look absolutely stunning! the outfit is so perfect – everything just matches and compliments your classy work ensemble. oh, and it’s great that you added the pop of colour with that lipstick ;)

    Maikeni blogi – part of me

  12. Olya&Yana December 14, 2011

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  13. Dawn {The Alternative Wife} December 14, 2011

    Love this look, sweetie! You look incredible! :) xoxo

  14. Ling December 15, 2011

    You are such a stunner Maria!!!!! Love the socks with the shoes…I may have to try that..but I’ll never be able to pull it off!

  15. Chyrel Gomez December 15, 2011

    I would love to try this look. But we’re currently on dress down mode in the office so I’m more on wearing my jeans and other non-business clothes. I agree, midi skirts are so difficult to rock and it’s better paired with heels.

  16. stacy February 14, 2012

    I love your black and white outfit!
    the skirt is perfect and I love the white socks
    with those shoes on did everyone in your office like it?

  17. Maria V February 14, 2012

    Thank you for your wonderful comment!
    My office did like it! In fact, it became some kind of fashion at our work now.