Jacket: The magic of this proportion: “Paired with a high-waisted skirt or slim pants, it totally lengthens your frame,” Benz says.
Chris Benz jacquard jacket, $1,995; Hampden clothing, 843-724-6373.
Blouse: The no-collar shirt is relaxed; the “wow” is in the beautiful hue. “For work, color is a modern way to have impact without any ruffles or bows,” Benz observes.
Talbots silk shirt, $99; talbots.com. Purse, her own.
Skirt: The pencil shape is universally flattering and always polished, says Benz. The fabric is a knit, “so it will conform to your body and move with you.”
Tory Burch mohair skirt, $295; toryburch.com. J.Crew leather belt, $34; jcrew.com. Isharya gold vermeil and agate-druzy ring, $180; isharya.com.
Shoes: A pointy-toe black pump is what Benz calls a wear-with-all. This one is stylish without being trendy (and the heels aren’t painfully high).
Calvin Klein suede pumps, $109; calvinklein.com.