Two Fresh Spring Looks for Office Professionals

An account executive and a systems analyst get wardrobe makeovers
Photographer: Elizabeth Renstrom for Bloomberg Businessweek

Michaela Cummins
25, account executive, Eliassen Group

“Right now, my style is kinda stiff, kinda dull. Usually a button-up and blazer. I want to look a little more trendy and age-appropriate yet not distract clients. I’m pretty new to city life—I moved to Manhattan from Columbus, Ohio, in June—so I was nervous I’d get put into something I wouldn’t quite go for. But this is great.”

Ayr El Bandito trench in pale peony, $595; Theory Everleen cashmere mock neck, $275; Theory striped skirt, $295; Calvin Klein two-tone sandals, $595; ZAC Zac Posen Eartha satchel, $595; Giotto ring, $7,000; Miansai gold ring, $105 


Ashish Patel
39, senior systems analyst, Nasdaq

“I’m in a slim-fit suit with a tie every day, but I’d like to dress a little more modern. This opened my mind to combining different types of clothing. There are ways to look professional besides wearing a full suit. I’m usually hesitant about colors, but once this outfit was on, it blended together and I felt comfortable.”

Theory Wellar sport coat, $595; J.Crew check button-down, $88; Boss navy tie, $95; Hermès Cape Cod watch, $5,650; Polo Ralph Lauren trousers, $245; Oliver Sweeney suede lace-ups, $379
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