Even those of us who would rather wear gym clothes sometimes have to go on business trips... so we have to pack in a way that strikes a balance between work-appropriate and our personal style. A tuxedo-ish coat, some dapper trousers, and youthful pleated skirt and cardigan make up the core around which everything else will revolve.
An accent color is important - purple is used here - another simple cardigan,a snazzy turtleneck, and a silk blouse all work together. The oxfords were irresistible.
The tops appealed to my tomboy side, but they still will look fine with the black suit pieces... And you can't travel without loafers!
Sigh... but a dress will be required, and some tweed pieces finish out the wardrobe in a way that our inner tomboy can feel comfortable,but still fit in at the obligatory work functions. And pumps... sigh... At least they have low heels!
Since this wardrobe has some vivid color, and a lot of pattern and texture, a lot of accessories aren't really needed - a couple of beautiful scarves, jewelry, SUNGLASSES (always sunglasses), and some tights, which bridge the gap between a skirt (for business) and loafers (for my inner rebellious child).