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We can’t count the times we’ve watched a business film or television show and yearned for the characters’ wardrobes. If you’ve ever felt that way too - or just want business style inspiration, here are some looks we’ll always want for.
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Legal drama series Suits features some of the best formal office wear we’ve ever seen. Despite the entire cast being well dressed, it is character Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) whose wardrobe really impresses - especially those skirt suits.
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Pearson’s co-characters Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) also amaze in the everlasting professional wardrobe staple – the versatile blue suit. You can have five blue suits and each will look different if you go a bit lighter or a bit darker in tone.
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Who said workwear has to be boring? Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) in The Devil Wears Prada might be an assistant to a high-end fashion magazine editor with more room for dress-code creativity, but you don’t have to work in the fashion business to choose a blazer with a twist and style it with some accessories.
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Speaking of accessories, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps knows the power of a patterned tie or scarf – the only reasons his plain brown suit did not go unnoticed. The assorted shoes in the background are also a must – unless you have one pair that fits all suit styles?
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Gekko’s co-character Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) demonstrates casual formal wear with a V-neck, leather jacket and loafers. The most important part of Moore’s outfit? His socks. Do not go sockless with loafers – or any formal shoes for that matter.
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A professional style-must for all businesswomen? A formal, figure-hugging dress. Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) in Suits shows a simple midi dress can go a long way if the fit is right. Add statement earring or heels for a twist.
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If you want to ditch traditional suits and go for modern pieces, opt for light grey suits and switch the lace up derbies for formal loafers instead like Moore did in Wall Street. Gekko’s white and light blue combination is also a winner.
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One traditional workwear staple we like to stick with for women is a trench coat. Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) from Suits sports a beige, classic piece with a waist-emphasizing belt – and we love it.
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Excuse our overload of Wall Street’s wardrobe, but isn’t Moore’s slim-fit, patterned suit on point? The secret to pulling off patterned suits is to choose a faded, barely-there pattern that doesn’t overpower the suit itself. You want to look sharp, first thing.
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Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada adds life to an otherwise plain black suit with a statement necklace and belt. Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) also adds a Chanel pearl necklace to a similarly basic black and white ensemble.
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Slim-fit suits might be all the buzz now, but there’s nothing wrong with a wider, more traditional suit like the one sported by Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in drama television series Mad Men. Pair that with sharp derbies and a colour-block tie and you’re good to go.
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So you want a more feminine skirt suit? Opt for one with a peplum jacket for a softer look and add a thin belt to accentuate your waist. We love the look seen here on Sandra Bullock’s character Margaret Tate in Drama film The Proposal.