The Work LBD

banana republicWhen it comes to work clothes, buying a few timeless and classic pieces is a smart investment. A little black dress (LBD) is a must in any girl's closet and can be worn all year round. Mixing your LBD with a few trendy pieces keeps it current and season-appropriate.

On this particular morning, I decided to pair my LBD with a black cropped cardigan with gold beading to add texture and to cover my shoulders. This is one of my recent consignment pick ups! I mixed up my accessories a bit with jewel-toned drop earrings, a delicate gold necklace and a blush colored bracelet. I love the way gold pops against black. Instead of grabbing my reliable black pumps, I dug out my patent leather nude ones instead. This is also a classic piece that should be a part of your work wardrobe. Nude pumps give the illusion of longer gams, and what girl wouldn't want that! With the threatening rainy weather on the horizon, I made sure to grab my trench coat (another classic!) in case the rain decides to show up.

Outfit Details:

LBD: Banana Republic, $45. Pulled from the archives, as it was purchased last winter. Here are a few different options: (1) Solid Black Wrap Dress, Gap, $54.95; (2) Texture Ponte Dress, Piperlime, $69.99; (3) Tahari Sleeveless Sheath Dress from, $65.40; and (4) Anne Klein Capped Sleeve Belted Dress from Lord and Taylor, $83.30. Use code MEMDAY thru 5/27 for an extra 20% off ($67).

Cropped Beaded Cardigan: Closet Connection (consignment), $10.50. It was hard to find a cropped embellished cardigan. I failed in this task but was able to find a cute solid black bolero from Nordstrom for $19.90

Nude Pumps: Arturo Chiang from Vince Camuto Outlet, $30-ish. A few alternatives: (1) Nude Pump, Piperlime, $39.99; (2) Ivanka Trump Pinkish Pumps from Lord & Taylor, $93.75. Thru 5/27 use code MEMDAY for an additional 20% off ($75) and (3) for something a little bit different, try these Anne Klein Metallic Capped Pink Pumps from Lord&Taylor, $56.24. Use the same code and the price comes down to $44.99.

Earrings: Gift. I love these sweet Kate Spade Small Square earrings from Lord & Taylor, $48.

Necklace: Stella & Dot, $69.  However, I got this free with the money I earned by hosting a party!

Bracelet: Twilight (North End, Boston), $35. Take a peek at the beaded tassel bracelet in different hues of pink on asos for $23.76.

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