1. The Black Sheath Dress
You can’t go wrong with this piece. It’s figure flattering and timeless. This length is work appropriate in almost every environment.
Magaschoni ponte knit sheath dress, $348, available at neimanmarcus.com.
2. The Cardigan
A cardigan is a wonderful layering piece, and it definitely doesn’t have to be basic or boring. This one has clean lines and a sophisticated flair.
Long sleeve cardigan, $129, available at jny.com.
3. The Colorful Blazer
A vibrant blazer is a great way to change the look of a simple dress. I love the way this collarless design keeps things modern with an eye-catching color-block of bold purple and black.
DKNY jacket, $445, available at lordandtaylor.com.
4. The Colorful Sheath Dress
Anne mentions (more than once!) her love of a well-cut sheath dress, and it’s easy to see why. Its versatility and wearability are perfect for a woman on the run. This blue sheath is a must-have when you want to switch things up. And don’t forget that you can change the belt! It can transform the entire look of the dress.
Jewel-neck sheath, $129, available at anneklein.com.
5. The Black Flat
Anne mentioned her love of the Ferragamo Varina bow flat — and for good reason: It’s a fantastic work shoe.
Ferragamo Varina patent ballerina flat, $450, available at neimanmarcus.com.
6. The Taupe Pump
Anne name checks L.K. Bennett’s Sledge taupe court shoe (or pump, as we are prone to call it Stateside). It’s one of Kate Middleton’s favorites—just Google “Kate Middleton L.K. Bennett Sledge” to see how versatile it is!
L.K. Bennett Sledge pump, $345, available at shopbop.com.
7. Vintage-Inspired Statement Necklace
Egyptian-inspired pieces enjoyed a surge in popularity during the 1920s with the discovery of King Tut’s tomb. Both Egyptian and Deco influences come through in this fab necklace by Lele Sadoughi.
Lotus bib necklace, $485, available at neimanmarcus.com.
8. The Day-to-Night Jacket
Anne mentions how easy it is to pair a cardigan or jacket with a sheath dress for work and simply take off the top layer before heading out for the evening. She’s right — but the reverse works as well. Wear a simple outfit to work, using black as your base (a black dress or black pants). Come evening, dress it up with a modern but glamorous jacket like this one.
Sequined jacket, $198, available at kennethcole.com.
Dawn Cassidy is a fashion writer, personal stylist, and previously author of the blog Enterloop. She currently is expanding her Personal Styling services and plays host to intimate events in the NYC market. She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology.