WORK Belting the waist emphasizes the shoulders to create a traditional “power suit” silhouette out of an unstructured vest and ankle-length trousers.
WEEKEND An understated military-esque cardigan is the bridge between a fancy silky shirt and casual skinny jeans, keeping the overall effect playful.
At left: Polyester ruffled blouse, Diane von Furstenberg, $285; visit neimanmarcus.com.
WORK The silk top has a flowy feeling, but the structured bag and tailored jacket prevent the overall silhouette from seeming too casual.
WEEKEND These loose pants could look like PJs if worn with just a tee. Layering a jacket and button-down is an easy, polished way to complete the ensemble.
At left: Triacetate-rayon satin pants, Nanette Lepore, $298; at saks.com.