How to escape your wardrobe rut and look fabulous at the office


Given the changes sweeping the workplace these days, what’s a woman to wear? That depends. While some fields lend themselves to T-shirts and jeans, others demand a more conservative look. As Gramercy-based lawyer Shermin Lakha puts it: “There’s a certain image that comes to people’s minds when they think of a lawyer.”

The Post tapped five New Yorkers — including a schoolteacher and a Wall Street CEO — and helped them up their style game, with an eye toward the latest looks for fall. Here’s how.

“I’m all about sneakers,” says the Upper West Sider, who typically switches between a velvet pair and a sparkly pair while teaching music at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School.

She says she wears pants “90 percent of the time” because she’s often on the floor with the kids, moving around. And while her work wardrobe’s basically just tops and pants, she needs help accessorizing them: “I’m trying to work out how to pull outfits together better, rather than just with a scarf.”

The Post kept her look relaxed by giving her another pair of cool kicks, and swapping her usual scarf with a bright red bag.

Her takeaway: “I wouldn’t have thought to layer a sweater over a turtleneck,” she says. “And of course I loved the sneakers. I might have to go out and buy a pair!”

Styling tip: Layer a sleeveless sweater under a long-sleeve sweater to avoid bunching in the arms.

jewelry is what makes me late for work in the morning,” says the Detroit-born child psychologist, who’s in her 60s and practices in East Harlem. “Often I’ll start with an interesting pair of earrings or a necklace and work my outfit around that.” She says she often needs help finding purses and shoes to complete her look.

Comfort is essential: “Some of my kids are 3 and 4, and if they drop something, I have to scoot down to the floor to pick it up,” she says.

The Post picked a mixed-print maxidress — bold and easy to move in — and paired it with reasonable kitten-heel slingbacks.

Her takeaway: “I love the whole look,” she says. “I don’t usually wear heels, but these are so comfy. I’ve never worn yellow before, either, but now I think I might have to.”

Styling tip: Choose a comfy (and colorful!) kitten heel to add just enough height to balance out a full-length frock.