6 Universally Flattering Pieces

Trends come and go, but time after time I find myself reaching for several essentials that have been a part of my work wardrobe for quite some time now.  These pieces have a few things in common: classic, chic, clean lines, and universally flattering.  Such pieces can be found in a variety of cuts to fit any conceivable body type and still look equally as amazing on each, adding instant polish to your professional look.

Here are some of my top picks:

Button Front Tops by J.Crew

Button-up Shirt: This can be paired with everything from a suit to jeans and a blazer for a casual day at work.  Select one that is tailored to your body type and cut appropriately.


Black Pumps: With a rounded toe and conservative heel, these shoes can take you from the boardroom to a night out with your friends and look great with pants, skirts, or dresses.


One-Button Blazer: Make sure your choice is one with medium-sized lapels and falls just past the hips.


Sheath Dress: Classic black, with a defined waist that hits just at the knees not only creates a fantastic silhouette, but also a classic look.


Cardigans: Not only are they utilitarian for keeping you warm in a cool office, but v-necked cardigans are especially flattering for all figures.


Boot-cut pants:  Boot cut pants are here to stay and are perennially on everyone’s list for work and denim.  For jeans, definitely select a darker wash, but for work, a classic black will work well for everyone.


As a Project Manager for a global contract research organization, Chelsea’s work on global clinical trials includes the successful management, oversight, and execution of clinical studies in both the pre- approval and post-approval stages of development. When not contributing to the success of her organization, Chelsea keeps up on fashion and beauty trends and avidly explores how to feature her own personal style both in and out of the workplace. Her eye for style and design landed her recent wedding as a feature in The Knot Magazine and online as a “Knot Pick.” Besides her contributions to the NEXT for Women community, Chelsea is also a featured reviewer on the popular shopping website, eDressme. In the community, Chelsea is an active member of the Board of Directors of her regional chapter of the Healthcare Business Women’s Association and is the President of her local alumni association for Virginia Tech.


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