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Lauren Conrad Office Style Tips Spring 2013

Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

We are thrilled to share this story from Lauren Conrad! The TV personality, writer, designer, and style maven has started, a social networking site that features daily posts by Lauren on all our favorite topics — fashion, beauty, food, party planning — and Lauren will be sharing her latest fashion finds with POPSUGAR Fashion every month. This week, she's giving us her tips for taking Spring's biggest trends into the office.

So you’ve stocked your closet full of the latest spring trends (hello lace and stripes!). But now that it’s time to actually wear your new threads, you can’t figure out how to make them look office appropriate. This is a common case of confusion that affects every working girl at one time or another. That said, today I’m going to show you how to style 5 spring trends so that they can be wearable in the workplace . . .

Trend #1: Stripes
While your pinstripe shorts and tank tops might show off a little too much skin for work, there are still endless ways to wear this pattern in the office. I love the look of a black and white striped blazer paired with neutral separates. And a classic pinstripe button-down blouse can give a lackluster dress suit some flair.

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Trend #2: Printed Pants
I’m having a love affair with floral and ikat denim for spring, but not all offices consider jeans part of their dress code. Put a professional twist on the trend with a pair of patterned silk pants that look more formal than jeans. I would suggest keeping within a general color scheme so that your look doesn’t come off as loud. Also, black and white patterns tend to come off a little more sophisticated than colorful ones.

Keep reading for the rest of Lauren's office-appropriate styling tips.

Trend #3: Color blocking
It’s easy to pull off color blocking in the workplace—just be sure to stay within the same color family. A navy cardigan paired with a sky blue blouse and an indigo pencil skirt keeps your 9-to-5 style interesting. However, I would recommend steering clear of any neons, brights, or too many pastels.

Trend #4: All White
I think an all white or all cream pantsuit conveys a look that is both elegant and powerful in the workplace. Trade in your navy skirt suit for a cream version this spring and summer. I can almost guarantee you will turn heads.

Trend #5: Lace
The office is no place for your lacey short shorts (Coachella, on the other hand, is a better choice). But lace in the form of a blouse, dress or pencil skirt? Now we’re talking. Wear an A-line lace dress, a lace button-up or a lace pencil skirt underneath your favorite blazer, with the appropriate undergarments of course. The blazer will keep your overall look conservative, but the unexpected texture underneath will make you feel cool and confident.

Which of these trends are you most excited to try at the office?

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XO Lauren

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