What I Wear to Work: A Shirt Designer Styles the Classic Button-Down

Learn how to rock an office wardrobe staple from a creative type who spends her days surrounded by ’em.

Who: Meredith Carter, 27
Creative Director, the Shirt by Rochelle Behrens 

What she does: I oversee the creative side of a DC-based fashion company that specializes in button-down shirts that don’t gape at the bust. Since we’re a small company, this includes everything from PR and marketing to designing for our new collections.

Describe your work style: My professional style tends to be modern and streamlined with unexpected touches from mixing patterns, juxtaposing colors, or adding unusual jewelry. While I change my look every day, the Shirt has made me focus on a more polished style of dressing. I’m definitely influenced by the designs we develop for that strong woman who is fashion-forward and flawless.

Outfit One: Appointments With Editors

This is a great outfit for deskside appointments with editors, as it demonstrates a very modern way to wear the classic white shirt–the workhorse of a woman’s wardrobe. To make this look evening-appropriate, I simply add an extra pop of lip color, and voilà, I’m ready for the second part of my day.

T by Alexander Wang maxi skirt, the Shirt by Rochelle Behrens classic short-sleeve shirt (available mid-April), vintage belt, Forever 21 lace-up booties.

Outfit Two: At a Trunk Show

Full of fresh spring colors, this outfit is ideal for our upcoming trunk shows as it’s a perfect reflection of our spring collection. I’m actually wearing this look to our Charleston pop-up shop this week.

Madewell lace shorts, the Shirt by Rochelle Behrens Signature Shirt in mint silk (available mid-April), Pour La Victoire gladiator sandals, Zara blazer.

Outfit Three: Everything and Anything

This leopard look is fantastic for, well, everything! The colors play brilliantly off of one another, and the neon orange patent shoes add a fun burst of energy to an otherwise very classic professional look.

Ann Taylor silk T-shirt, J.Crew skirt, J.Crew sandals.

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Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.