Get the Look of 'The Broadroom'

Love Candace Bushnell’s webseries? Let her ladies inspire your own work wear.
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Work wear doesn’t have to translate to ‘boring’

Predictability belongs back in your early career days, when blending in was paramount. No matter your field, here’s how to dress for the success you’ve already achieved.

Roan, the ‘Single Gen X-er’

Played by Jennifer Esposito She a brilliant go-getter who masterfully navigates the corporate ladder but can’t seem to find her way in the dating pool. Her look? Sleek and sexy. (Try it yourself, next page.)

The Roan Look: Skirt

The pencil skirt is an office staple, maintaining a sharp look while celebrating femininity (Roan wears this one in the premiere episode). Fit is key in this tailored style, both at the waist and hips, and we like a version that skims the bottom of the knee. The vertical piping shown here adds detail and makes the fit super-streamlined. Theory skirt, $200; theory.com
photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

The Roan Look: Jewelry

A fabulous ring is an easy way to inject pizazz into a wardrobe, especially if your job requires clothes to stay subtle and professional. Mix attention-getting rings with your everyday slim bands for added style. Alexis Bittar square ring, $132; revolveclothing.com
photo courtesy of Revolve Clothing

Julie, the ‘Juggler’

Played by Talia Balsam A divorced mother of two, she wears success on her sleeve, literally. Her look? "Expensive and I’m worth it."

The Julie Look: Dress

This emerald frock caught our eye as soon as we saw Julie wearing it in the first episode. Beneath the eye-catching green and the impressionist leopard print, you’ll notice a familiar sight: the classic sheath! This silhouette will never go out of style for the office, and we suggest using it as a template for prints and colors. Pair with opaque black tights for a stylish fix for hemlines that hit a bit too high. Diane von Furstenberg silk crepe dress, $375; neimanmarcus.com

The Julie Look: Jewelry

Throw ancient adages about understated jewelry out the window (thin strap watches and pearl necklaces are so secretary pool). We support bangles and baubles, and love the classic-yet-modern feel of this gold cuff. Free of too-trendy embellishments, the rough hammered gold gives it a hand-crafted feel. Alexis Bittar Molten Bracelet, $375; saksfifthavenue.com
photo courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Lucy, the ‘Opter’

Played by Mary McCann Admirably successful yet charmingly real, Lucy is just like you or me. Her look: sweet suits, worn with flair.

The Lucy Look: Blazer

Blazers, back in a major fashion way, are perfect for women such as Lucy who like to mix trends with reliable classics. Before you ransack your old two-piece suits, notice the small differences in style and fit. This year’s cut is far from unisex,, with slim sleeves and a nipped waist. Strong shoulders come from tailoring, not ‘Dynasty’-era shoulder pads. Let blazers take the place of cardigans, both to cover bare shoulders and add a professional edge to silky blouses and bright dresses. Banana Republic lightweight wool blazer, $198; bananarepublic.com
photo courtesy of Banana Republic

The Lucy Look: Dress

Staying in vogue seems exhausting at first, but take a closer look: classics with a twist. Your mom probably wore a dress similar to this wool sheath, and we bet your daughter will, too. Keep it from being ho-hum with architectural shoulders and a not-too-low V-neckline. Banana Republic lightweight wool sheath dress, $142; bananarepublic.com
photo courtesy of Banana Republic

The Lucy Look: Jewelry

Statement necklaces are big, bold, and … perfectly work-appropriate (especially when done in bronze tones, _very_versatile). This interwoven chain is a smart touch that only the savviest woman would bring to the boardroom. Nicole Romano laced chain necklace, $188; maxandchloe.com
photo courtesy of Max & Chloe

Natasha, the ‘Breadwinner’

Played by Jennie Garth This young, sassy, working mother is the family breadwinner, and early on we learn it’s her burden to bear. Her look? Hot Mama.

The Natasha Look: Dress

Color’s the quickest way to inject energy into a pre-existing wardrobe. This azure hue is hard to I.D., making it a sure stand-out that will keep colleagues on their toes (important for a breadwinner like Natasha). Think fabric-smart when shopping: Linen with a bit of stretch will help diffuse creases from sitting in the corner office all day. The shallow horizontal pleats do the same. Nicole Miller stretch linen dress, $275; nicolemiller.com
photo courtesy of Nicole Miller

Brittney, the ‘Millennial’

Played by Lauren Devereux She’s young (23!), fresh-faced, efficient and a bit cheeky. She may not (yet) have the money to indulge her stylish self, but she’s on her way.

The Brittney Look: Dress

Even though she’s the youngest worker in "The Broadroom," Brittney is a fast learner. Take a page out of her style book, starting with the pastel dress she wore in the first episode. Denim on silk is an example of the high-low mix fashion hounds favor, and the high waistline is a retro look back in style. Mix it with a tailored blazer for the office, wear it on its own for a night out. Nicole Romano denim dress, nicoleromano.com
photo courtesy of Nicole Romano

The Brittney Look: Jewelry

Studs, schmuds. If you’re a jewelry fiend, show it off at work! These elongated drop earrings are elegant and sophisticated. Don’t save your favorite pieces for date night and weekend trips with the girls-bring them out Monday-Friday and celebrate what you’ve earned! Nicole Romano white caged bead drop earring, $140; vivre.com
photo courtesy of Vivre

From ‘The Broadroom’ to the Boardroom

Let these broads inspire you to celebrate your achievements and say, "I’m here!" with vibrant prints, flattering fits and statement jewelry.
photo courtesy of Meredith

First Published Tue, 2009-09-01 12:37

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