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Business Casual with an Edge

By : haley 0 Comments

Now that I’m back to work in an office setting again, my creative juices are flowing. I’ll admit I fail victim to the early morning grogginess and don’t always put my best foot forward in the style department. Every now and again I get extra creative. Those are the days I feel most alive and creative at work. I’ll file this look under that category.


I was browsing for the first time on Orchard Mile‘s site looking for a top I could wear to work that had some edge to it. I can normally tell within the first 5 seconds of being on the site, if I will spend my dollars on the site or not. Let’s just say, this was my answer was a big definitely, in bold italic ;). I think the easiest way to browse is by designer. I loved clicking on a landing page and inhaling each designers collection as a whole, that’s how the designers intend for their pieces to live out in the world, right? I was browsing between Acne (swoon), Iro, Rag & Bone + Equipment and ended in Derek Lam’s court. My eye was immediately drawn to this poplin sleeveless tie-waist top.



The dramatic oversized bow fit the picture I had in my head before even starting my search. My normal process when picking out statement clothing online is to screen shot a bunch of options. Then, put 8 up on page and snap a picture to send to my fashion forward friends to have them vote.

Julia voted for this piece and I feel like she knows my style best, after shooting my looks for the last year. Once I got her vote, I knew it was a done deal. It can be hard to find tops that bring a unique twist without overpowering your feminine figure.

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How to Style:

–Since the top is so fresh and crisp, I wanted to follow suit with the pants. I went for a breathable, looser fitting cropped style. Would also look great with a skinny legged pant.

–A rounded toe works well if you have a dramatic piece of clothing in the mix. Go for a pointed toe when your clothing is more subdued. It’s all about balance and letting certain items do the talking.

–Throw on some rims for your face to give that extra educated appeal

Blazer: thrifted // pants: NY&Co. // glasses: Warby Parker // heels: UO // bag: Rebecca Minkoff // top: Derek Lam via Orchard Mile

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Photography by: Julia Maya

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