Balancing Act: Work Hard, Play More

Achieving a perfect balance between work and a busy fall family schedule is a little bit easier when your wardrobe transitions effortlessly between these two worlds. All you need to do is invest in a few versatile wear-to-work essentials that can do double-duty.  Here are our top choices:

The Cropped Blazer- A perfect fall essential. This is a great piece to polish up a lightweight dress for work. Simple accessories and strappy sandals make for a perfectly put-together look that flows beautifully from desk to dinner with no need for a trip home to change. When the weekend rolls around, the blazer puts a preppy spin on jeans and your favorite tee.


Patterned Pants – Suit pants have been given a makeover this season, with unexpected textures and menswear-inspired prints infusing new life into this wear-to-work staple.  Tailored pants with a smart print are a stylish yet functional option for fall- perfect for the office when paired with heels and a polished blazer or cardigan. Wear them on the weekend with a striped top, ballet flats and a colorful beaded necklace.

Easy Breezy Sheath Dress- No matter where the day takes you, a lightweight women’s business dress is chic, comfortable and stylish. A structured blazer will help combat an overly air conditioned office,  and after work throw on some strappy heels, grab a clutch and head straight for a night out. A long sleeve  dress is a versatile choice that works great for weekends as well- try it with metallic sandals and you have an impeccably chic look for Friday cocktails after work or Sunday brunch with the girls.

Colored Trench - A lightweight trench in a pop color is a wonderfully versatile fall piece. Pair with a tailored pencil skirt or layer over a suit for a chic and professional work ensemble.  This piece transitions easily to weekend- simply toss over a tee and your favorite skinny jeans. A feminine trench can also dress up distressed denim and flats for a Saturday lunch or stroll through the park.

You deserve a fall vacation, too! You already work hard- now carve out some time to play more! Take the work out of getting ready in the morning by investing in just a few seasonal pieces that can be mixed and matched with what is already in your closet. Opt for simply stylish looks that can take you effortlessly from day to evening and maximize your play time.

What are your favorite pieces for work and play?



  1. Darn it, I used to LOVE getting dressed up for work! I think that is the part I miss the most:) I used to love mixing separates.

  2. I just bought the sweater and pants in the last picture from NY&Co! :)