RACHELBILSONWhether you’re heading back to school, starting a new job, or going to a work conference this fall, making a strong first impression is vital. It’s important to look poised and professional, but also stand out in the crowd. Try pairing a blazer in a bold hue with a neutral dress and accessories like this look from Rachel Bilson. The structured tailoring of the jacket will keep you looking polished without coming off as boring or uptight. A loose sheath with a drawstring like this one from H&M will be really comfortable throughout a long day and this Vince Camuto satchel is the perfect size to store a tablet and a notebook for taking notes. Nude heels are super flattering for lengthening legs without being too tall (definitely leave sky-high platform heels at home) and top it off with fun yet understated necklace. Don’t forget to sit in the first row!

H&M Dress $39

Mango Asymmetric Hem Blazer $39

Vince Camuto Satchel $278

Dolce Vita Nicola Heels $89

True Bird Triangle Pendant Necklace $18

By Kasha Cabato

Kasha Cabato is a fashion industry professional who specializes in marketing and social media. She is a graduate of Parsons The New School for Design and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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