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My friend Mary-Anne Musick was my college roommate and is one of my dearest friends.

She has an incredible personal style and an artful eye that pieces together the most beautiful outfits. Another one of her hidden talents is finding jackpot pieces at thrift stores. She has found a DVF and a Dooney and Bourke bag at Goodwill, just to name a few. I know. MAD skills.

She is definitely my go to girl when I feel like, “I have nothing to wear!”

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I was so excited when Kristina asked me to guest post for her on what else but office attire?  I am a stylist by day and even though I don’t work in a corporate office setting, I truly believe that your outfit and personality can still shine in a traditionally more “buttoned up” environment.

It’s all about picking the right pieces and keeping it structured.  Classic pencil skirts, blouses and even the beloved peplum silhouette have all gotten a fresh face lift for spring and can help add a little color to your 9 to 5.

For a business casual or professional work environment, I believe you just can’t go wrong with a pencil skirt. It is structured, but the beauty of it is that it flatters every shape and size. It can be dressed up with a blouse, or dressed down with a tee and blazer for casual Friday or the weekend.  If you want a change from the pencil, try a “flippy” mini (trust me, it’s a lot more stylish than it sounds. Think of it as the mini skirt’s innocent cousin), in an unexpected fabric like leather, or chiffon. This adds an element of interest while still remaining poised.

On top, try a silk blouse tucked into the skirt to show off your waist and create an hourglass silhouette. Add a studded or gold belt to rough it up and you’ve got a visually interesting and comfortable office outfit.

Now, this is important: Don’t be afraid of color! Springtime is all about embracing the new and in the fashion world, that means ushering in a whole host of brights, pastels and neons.

As you’re headed out the door, opt for my favorite, the nude heel. Understated, classic and a killer addition to any outfit. You don’t want to go overboard on color, so stick with the classic on this one.  Add a fun pastel bag and you’re ready for the day.

You can find Mary-Anne on Twitter, LinkedIn and her blog.