Style Inspiration: What to Wear to a Work Symposium

Erica writes,“My job (Leading Internet company) has a two day symposium next week at The Waldorf Astoria in NY. The second day of the event is immediately followed by an after party at The Sky Room. Both days I will be on my feet the entire time so I would to wear flats but I would like to look as fly and professional as possible. It is also important that I’m able to go from day to night with whatever I wear. I’m a size 12 (on the bottom, pear-shaped) and usually wear tailored, classic pieces. I love bold colored pieces as well. Any insight you can provide me with would be awesome. Thanks!”

Hi, Erica! I’m here to assist! For every look, I kept in mind your figure, and being that you’re pear shaped, I wanted to put together looks that would best flatter you.

First up is this Piazza Sempione a-line dress. Not only is the color on point for the season, the slightly nipped in waist will help complement your curves, without being too risqué (this is still a work function).


You also expressed a love for bold pieces, and this Cole Haan clutch is bright enough to compliment the dress without overpowering it.  Since you’ll be on your feet all day, I added in these blue flats that should be immediately swapped for the swoon worthy Charlotte Olympia ankle strap platforms come night fall.

Next up, I went for a shirt and pants look. Colorblocking is one of the easiest trends to try, especially when it has already been done for you, as evidenced in this Sophie Theallet chiffon top.

I paired it with this pair of white Levi’s cropped pants to keep the attention focused on the blouse. When you have a pear shaped figure, this is key. Here I also made sure to incorporate these Tory Burch flats (let’s face it, when it comes to flats, Tory is KING). Keep your eye makeup soft with this YSL quad. When it’s time for the after party slip into these Chinese Laundry heels, which are a steal at no more than $80.

Finally, I went for darker colors. The Yves Saint Laurent wrap top is constructed in such a way that it is sexy while managing to be ideal for a work related event.

I then chose this black skirt because it helps to keep a sleek silhouette, and the color is always forgiving. The earrings compliment the color of the top as well as these Metallic-Trim Pop Velvet flats. Complete the look with a Dior manicure, silver heels, and clutch.

I hope this helped you out Erica! Would you mind checking back in after the event by sending us pictures at showing how you interpreted this style inspiration? We would love to see!


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