How to Incorporate Trends from the Runway into Your Workday Look

How to Incorporate Trends from the Runway into Your Workday Look

This month, we offer some autumnal options that combine high style with a more understated Minnesota sensibility.
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New Traditional

The camel blazer has long been a mainstay of the business world, but this fall designers have created a sport coat with a similar sensibility yet a slimmer, more flattering cut. At Heimie’s Haberdashery in downtown St. Paul, you can choose from straight-off-the-rack options or have one slenderized to fit.

On model: Billy Reid

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Old English

Perhaps it’s just history repeating itself, or what we call the “Downton effect” (after the PBS hit Downton Abbey), but something is leading myriad designers to create looks inspired by another era. This autumn, consider a full three-piece suit in a subtle windowpane plaid—just make sure that your attitude reads as aristo as the suit. Swing by Heimie’s to achieve the look, even spot-on accessories.

On model: Simon Spurr

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Boys’ Club

Ladies, take a page from the gents’ book and add menswear-inspired staples to your wardrobe this fall. Double-breasted, pinstripes, powerful (yet feminine) suits are all fair game. In the metro, head to Nordstrom for looks from Alexander Wang, Rachel Zoe, and St. John.

On model: Rachel Zoe

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Hints of Leather

You can go beyond just shoes and belts and add a little extra cowhide in the workplace. Pair a leather skirt, preferably in a more conservative silhouette, with a tweed blazer for a fashion-forward look that doesn’t draw too much attention. Locally, head to Club Monaco and Banana Republic for a selection of leather separates at moderate prices.

On model: Banana Republic