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Office Fashion: 4 Workwear Pieces to be 9 to 5 Chic

Office Fashion: 4 Workwear Pieces to be 9 to 5 Chic

A new year brings new looks to both your personal and workwear wardrobe. This year we invite you to add a few new additions to your "business casual" collection. We've rounded up four pieces that allow you to up your office style game by injecting new trends and styles that make you feel confident and work for your body.

Trench Coat

One of the most practical items in your closet. The classic trench coat effortlessly transcends seasons and is a key piece of work clothing. Typically seen as a topcoat, this season take it a step further with a sleeveless trench. This playful take on a classic look allows for a patterned blouse to be paired underneath, or if long enough rock the trench as a dress - just add a pair of shoes!

We love this new sleeveless trench coat by J.ING. Featuring an oversized collar, double-breasted closure, and a belted waist, this trench is just as flattering as it is fun.

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J.ING Exposure Sleeveless Trench Coat

For those in need of a full-sleeve coat check out this dreamy lavender raincoat by SOIA & KYO. The large hood creates a dramatic effect on the shoulders and the stretch-cotton, water repellent fabric will keep you dry on those rainy days.

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SOIA & KYO Mist "Arabella" Rainwear Coat

Blazer

A tried and true staple, give your blazer game an update. This season we're looking at vibrant jewel tones, silks and satins, and exaggerated shoulders - all of which make quite the statement.

First up, a classic and clean blazer by Amanda Uprichard. Truly a timeless piece that will go the distance in your closet. The crisp ivory is perfect for spring and easily pairs with all of your favorite trousers, plus it makes those vibrant work shirts pop!

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Amanda Uprichard Shawl Collar Blazer

Next, we can't get enough of this yummy hue! LA-based Allen Schwartz created the most modern (must-have!) suit for the season. Made with a matte satin in a teal blue, this suit is sure to command the board room.

Wear the blazer or pant separately - they're stunning on their own. Paired together, the oversized fit of the blazer and the wide leg trouser make it an extremely comfortable choice for 9 to 5 chicness. For those who love a classic full suit this one's for you.

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Allen Schwartz "Wesley" Blazer and "Ty" Wide Leg Pants

Looking for business attire that will make a statement? Vogue suggests a monochrome suit look or an oversized black blazer. Classic.

Leather Jacket

If you've read any of our previous blog posts, watched our series Q&A with QA or if you follow us on social media @queenannaliving then you know that we love a good leather jacket.

At Queen Anna, we carry Bano eeMee's collection of leather jackets and vests. The Canadian leather designer is known for its ethically-sourced and beautifully made leather goods.

A piece that you'll treasure forever, many wouldn't think of a leather jacket as typical workwear, but don't rule it out just yet. This year go beyond the classic moto jacket silhouette and look for a leather jacket in a blazer cut, tunic or even a crop.

A couple of our Bano eeMee favorites include a striking silver perforated jacket with three-quarter sleeves and hidden snap detailing and a collared crop jacket in a rich teal with snap buttons and side slit detail. Both stunning, both oh-so-different. The tunic is ideal for popping on over silk shell and slim-leg pant, while the cropped jacket can be worn over a sheath dress.

For an off-duty weekend look pair your leather jacket with your workout clothes and go from yoga to brunch and beyond. You can't go wrong!

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Bano eeMee "Ayla" Jacket

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Bano eeMee "Kor" Jacket

Shirt Dress / Duster

Rounding out our top workwear picks, the shirt dress. As Net-A-Porter also shares, the shirt dress should be on your wear to work radar this year.

Perfect for the warmer months in the office, a silky sleek shirt dress is effortlessly chic. It's a one and done look that fits into your summer lifestyle.

Our top pick is this bright citron short sleeve shirt dress by One Fell Swoop. With a tie waist and midi-length, it's both flattering and office appropriate. Pair it with your favorite espadrilles or wedges during the week or dress it down on a casual Friday with your go-to sneakers.

Another option, create a totally new look by wearing the shirt dress as a duster over a simple t-shirt and slacks. We're all for versatile pieces that work for you.

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One Fell Swoop Forme Short Sleeve Shirt Dress with Tie 

How many pieces of clothing do you actually wear in your closet? It might be time to consider building a capsule wardrobe. If you're looking for assistance, let our stylists help you navigate the world of women's work attire.

Specializing in contemporary women's clothing, here at Queen Anna we're here to help you build a stylish and practical everyday wardrobe. Stop by our North Loop boutique or shop online at queenanna.co and enjoy free shipping.

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Kayla O.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Kayla O.

Say hello to Kayla! Kayla is a fellow North Loop business owner and someone we're thrilled to have as an amazing client. She was also a model in our Silhouettes of the City fashion show during FWMN last spring. Learn more about this boss lady's silhouette...

Name: Kayla O'Rourke

Occupation: Owner of The Bar Method. A barre studio in the North Loop 

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Mom, wife, business owner and friend

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style is classy and chic, but most certainly not boring! :)

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
I would say my style is actually the same as my ideal style. I like my outfits to be a mixture of classic and chic pieces. 

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my perseverance and work ethic. I never give up!

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
My favorite piece is what I wore in the Queen Anna Silhouettes of the City fashion show! Along with the amazing Wish Australia duster vest in a beautiful bronze color that I purchased in the fall. 

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5 Must-Have Pieces for your 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

5 Must-Have Pieces for your 2020 Capsule Wardrobe

It's a new year and with that, we usher in a new decade. This year we look to the 2020 clothing trends to identify our latest closet must-have pieces and what, if anything, should be added into the rotation.

When building a capsule wardrobe there are a few things to consider... What do I already have? What do I have that needs to be replaced? What do I need to add to my closet entirely?

If you're looking to create a capsule wardrobe for the first time, check out our recent post on how to get started with a capsule wardrobe and build off those initial timeless pieces.

Now, if you're looking to refresh your current closet, let's jump right in. Here are five pieces to add to your 2020 capsule wardrobe.

Travel-Friendly Blazer

Jet-setters rejoice! We have found the ultimate travel blazer. Wish Australia's collection of travel-friendly blazers are equally comfortable and stylish. Plus, their tailored, slim-fit design doesn't add bulk to your look.

From the board room to the airport lounge, these jackets look polished and professional without sacrificing comfort.

Wish Australia Persuit Jacket

Updated Trench Coat

A top 2020 fashion pick, the updated trench coat. While a classic trench coat is always a good idea, this season look for a sleeveless trench (like this beauty from J.ING)  that can be worn multiple ways - add tights or leggings and wear as a dress or pair with a turtleneck and trousers for a chic workwear look.

J.ING Exposure Sleeveless Trench Coat

Remix the Classic T-Shirt or Sweater

Every closet must-have a basic white t-shirt, even better, the softest white t-shirt. Our favorite basic t-shirts are from Commando.

Made from luxurious European model blends, their selection of tank tops, t-shirts and long-sleeves will take you from season to season. We love the Commando Covet Oversized Tee in the winter. It can easily be worn under your favorite cardigan or on its own due to its drapey look.

For those that have already found that perfect white tee, opt for updating your white button-down shirt, a wardrobe staple.

Covered in the classic white shirt department? Take inventory of your sweaters. Neutral hues in cashmere are the perfect way to get you through the cold weather months and great for transitional temperatures. If you're looking for something a little bolder, check out a classic crewneck cut in a color blocking or two-tone pattern.

Either way, you can't go wrong. Both the classic crewneck sweater and t-shirt are must-have wardrobe-essentials.

Maison de Papillon "Ronika" Colorblock Sweater

Silk Dress

Fashion trends come and go, but the LBD is here to stay. This year invest in a timeless piece that can be layered, worn alone, dressed up, dressed down... the options are endless with a silk black dress. With a flattering length that hits just below the knee, this dreamy Maison De Papillon tank dress can be worn all year round.

Maison de Papillon "Therese" Silk Slip Dress

Leather Pants

Joggers, cropped flares, leggings, trousers, you name it, we love it when it comes to leather pants. As one of the main 2019/2020 clothing trends, leather has taken over.

A seasonal favorite here at Queen Anna, pleated leather trousers. Complete with pleats and leather-feel the J.ING Yooni Faux Leather Cropped Trouser provides all of the chic. The edgy pants pair perfectly with a simple turtleneck, button-down blouse or sweater.

Really loving leather? Level up your look ever further by mixing and matching leather separates - throw on a faux leather moto jacket, or accessorize with a leather micro bag for a fun winter outfit.

Feeling good about your winter style and the capsule wardrobe you've built for the season? Look ahead to spring styles, including an updated denim jacket (dark wash denim, anyone?), vibrant fluro pieces and leathers in pretty spring shades.

As always, shop our curated selection of women's clothing on queenanna.co, in our mobile app or visit our North Loop Minneapolis boutique.

 

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Tenzin C.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Tenzin C.

Say hello to Tenzin! Tenzin is one of our fabulous clients who participated in our spring fashion show, Silhouettes of the City. Learn more about her silhouette...

Name: Tenzin Chokey "Chuki"

Occupation: Dental Hygienist

The Makeup of your Silhouette: Daughter, Mother, Career Woman

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style would be if I could dress up everyday!

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
I don't get to dress up every day, as I have to wear scrubs on the weekdays, but I enjoy dressing up on the weekends (when possible!).

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my spontaneity!

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
My favorite piece is the "Simone" asymmetrical top by Allen Schwartz. It's fabulous!

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Style Masterclass Recap

Silhouettes of a Woman: Style Masterclass Recap

Are you a pear shape or an apple shape? Have you ever heard that question before to describe your body shape? While it’s understandable and even relative, I think it’s time to move on to a different way of describing the unique shapes of our bodies.

In 2019, Queen Anna House of Fashion launched a movement coined “Silhouettes of a Woman." This movement was created to celebrate womanhood at every stage of life continually. Our mission is to help women positively embrace who they are and every silhouette, while also exposing societal imposed barriers and breaking-free of the mental limitations we place on ourselves as women. 

We aim to empower, embrace and encourage one another to be comfortable with our authentic self regardless of shape, size, race, and roles we fill every day. 

To move forward with our mission, on Thursday, September 19th, we launched our very first Silhouettes of a Woman Style Masterclass: How to Dress for your Body Type, to help shift the perception & relationship we have with our bodies. By using empowered language, kind adjectives, and diamond shapes as our new body type descriptors, we hosted an intimate group of women to share our evolving journey and how we can continue to stylishly dress our bodies.

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It was an evening of raw vulnerability, wardrobe liberation, and creative inspiration on how clothing can positively impact how we feel & decide to show up in the world. Finding what works for our body does not have to feel like a daunting or overwhelming chore. The combination of understanding personal fit, preference and style provides clarity that will save you time and money daily.

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We look forward to continuing our style masterclass series and breaking barriers, one stylish session at a time. 

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If you are interested in learning about our next style class send us an email at contact@queenanna.co. Limited spaces are available.

Learn more about Silhouettes of a Woman and check out our recent Silhouettes of the City Fashion Show.

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Holiday Shopping Made Easy: A Thoughtfully Curated Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Shopping Made Easy: A Thoughtfully Curated Holiday Gift Guide

As a mother of four, a wife and a business owner, I can understand the pressures of the holiday season. It's that time of the year when you have children's activities at school, work obligations, deadlines, and the list continues on from there. With the holiday season officially here, I wanted to share a simple solution to your holiday shopping needs. 

Philanthropy, sustainability, and women empowerment are at the core of our brand and it is with great joy that this year, we're making it easy for you to shop purposefully and with ease as we highlight the brands housed within Queen Anna that align with our brand philosophy. 

You will find each of them listed here within our exclusive 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.

queen anna holiday gift guide

I know that I am not the only one that gets excited when I find out that Oprah has released her list of “favorite things” - it’s like she has taken the stress out of thinking of holiday gifting for you. Queen Anna has also done that for you but taken it a step further... and added access to expert personal shoppers who can give you first access to what we have at Queen Anna but can also take your holiday gift list and personally shop for you. 

Understanding how deeply important your time is, we wanted to assist our clients by making their holiday season less stressful. Our Luxury Concierge Service is made available to you and is something you won’t want to miss out on. We want to assist you in keeping your holiday jolly and bright!

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Lastly, don’t forget to download the Queen Anna android and iOS app so you can take advantage of all of our holiday festivities sales and promotions this holiday season.

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Happy holidays and happy shopping!

Sincerely,

Nicole

 

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5 Essential Jackets for Winter

5 Essential Jackets for Winter

Now that the summer clothing has been put away and the cold weather clothing is in full rotation, it's time to evaluate what's missing from your closet. Are you set on the ultimate winter essential? A warm jacket. Here in the midwest, one coat is never enough.

The Northern Hemisphere is bearing down for the cold months ahead, so go on and treat yourself this season to one (or all!) of these five must-have winter jackets.

Long Puffer Coat

Keep covered from head to toe in a cozy down puffer jacket. No need to sacrifice style for warmth with a streamlined version of the puffer coats of yesteryear.

One of our favorite picks is Soia & Kyo "Rachela" Hooded Down Coat. Featuring a straight-fit this down coat provides maximum warmth down to your knees, and an oversized hood shields your face from the elements. And don't worry if you get caught out in the rain/snow - the water-resistant/repellent shell will keep you dry from office to errands. Extreme cold weather gear... ✔

soia & kyo down coat

Multi-Function Trench

While practical, puffer jackets and down coats aren't always the right fit for workdays or formal evenings out. Staying warm is still the priority, so look for a jacket that includes additional features to keep you protected from the cold air. Glamour recently shared their top 10 picks, many of them trench coats - take a peek.

Our winner is the Soia & Kyo "Perle" Mixed Media Coat. In a rich oxblood hue, this A-line, knee-length jacket oozes sophistication. Featuring a removable puffy bib and hood, as well as a tie belt, this contemporary trench flatters any shape. 

soia & kyo mixed media coat

Bomber Jacket

Typically a jacket for more mild weather, a bomber style can be perfect for mild winter days. Wear it alone with a scarf and sweater, or layer it under for a pulled-together look once the heavy exterior parka is removed.

New to Queen Anna, the Parka NY "Jesse" Bomber Jacket packs a punch. A two-for-one piece that provides a colorful fur lining that can be removed for an instantly cool vest, and an external outer layer that is waterproof. Who said winter fashion couldn't be chic?

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Teddy Coat

Winter solstice approved - cozy, fuzzy, oh-so-chic, teddy coats. Who doesn't immediately feel on-trend when rocking one of the season's hottest looks? This season multiple versions of the trendy jacket have come on the scene. Oversized, wrapped, cropped... so many winter styles to choose from.

In-store and online, we have a few fun options available, including the Moon River Waist Tie Fur Coat. Made from ultra-soft faux-fur, this oversized coat features a belted waist to accentuate your curves - pop over a base layer for a high-fashion look.

Another delightfully soft option is a shearling jacket. Popsugar shares a few top picks that can stand the test of time.

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Leather Moto Jacket

Not typically considered a key winter coat, don't rule out a leather jacket this season. Similar to bomber jackets, a leather moto, crop or tunic style can be effortlessly layered with a sweater, scarf, and hat to create an edgy look on a warmer day. Leather styles are also a great option for cocktail hour, date nights and evenings on the town when you're looking to reduce bulk.

Lucky for you, we have select leather jackets on sale through the end of the year. One of our favorites is the Bano eeMee "Naz" Leather Jacket. Bano leathers are incredibly luxe and ethically beautiful, made with vegetable-dyed lamb leather and adorned with rose gold hardware - it's the perfect blend of femininity and edge.

bano eemee naz leather jacket

Whether you're looking for another coat to add to your collection or a total overhaul, we're here to help. Shop the latest winter coats and jackets online, in-store or on our mobile app. And don't forget to tag your cold weather outfits with #queenannamn or @queenannaliving.

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How To: Update your Beauty Routine this Fall

How To: Update your Beauty Routine this Fall

We've all been there. The weather begins to dance between warm and humid and cool and dry, and our skin reacts just trying to keep up with the change. With the annual dip in temperature, it's officially time to put away the lighter skin care products and punchy shades of makeup and lipstick and turn our attention to moisture-rich products (we're looking at you body lotions and facial moisturizers!) to calm and renourish our newly dried-out skin.

We've got just the product line for you. Insert, BeautyCounter. Carried at our North Loop boutique, BeautyCounter is known for its wide array of clean beauty products. We've highlighted a few of our favorite finds, along with a new fragrance line, to add to your beauty routine ASAP. You'll fall in love with these picks, trust us.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat

First things first. When switching up your seasonal skincare routine you need to start with cleansing. Since the fall air has a tendency to dry your skin out, opt for a gentle cleanser that won't be too harsh on your newly sensitive skin.

Before cleansing, give your face a clean slate with their Instant Eye Makeup Remover. Simply grab a cotton pad and remove your makeup in a snap - it even wipes away waterproof products!

One of the many wonderful things about BeautyCounter is that their extensive line of facial products suit all skin types and problem areas. From fine lines and wrinkles to acne-prone skin, there's a product that aids in every type of problem area.

Moisturize to the Max

With the dry air your skin is dying for some moisture. Give it some extra TLC with heavier face creams and serums.

What's the ultimate solution to hydrated skin? We're stocking up on the Countermatch Collection. Known for it's anti-aging and hydrating benefits, choose from a cleanser, serum, eye cream, lotion, and sleeping cream, or put them all together for the ultimate skin quench.

Keep up the dewy look by giving dull skin an additional boost with Glow & Go facial oils a few times a week. And remember, even with the heat dropping you still have to protect your skin from the sun - be sure to find a moisturizer that includes SPF.

Lather on the Lotion

Now that you've got your facial routine set, give the rest of your body the hydrating boost that it needs with thicker body lotions, such as a Body Butter in a yummy scent. Packed with shea butter and mongongo oil, the thick, buttery formula leaves even sensitive skin feeling nourished and non-greasy.

New Season. New Scent

Time to put away the summery citrus and sweet floral scents, fall provides an opportunity to usher in fresh seasonal fragrance.

New to our store, Skylar fine fragrances. Clean and refreshing, try a spritz of one of their signature scents - you'll be sure to love them as much as we do! Plus, they're hypoallergenic.

Color Change

Raise your hand if you love a good lipstick. At Queen Anna, we're all for a pop of lip color, and we're especially excited to bring out the deeper berry and wine shades. We carry many of BeautyCounter's luxurious lip gloss shades, and we even have a sample pack for when you can't choose just one.

If you're looking for a specific product, or if you're looking for additional information on the products carried in our store, don't hesitate to ask! You can shop all skincare, makeup and beauty products at our North Loop boutique. 

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Silhouettes of a Woman: Shalaun N.

Silhouettes of a Woman: Shalaun N.

Say hello to Shalaun! Shalaun is one of our fabulous clients who owned the runway at our Silhouettes of the City fashion show this past spring. Learn more about her silhouette...

Name: Shalaun Newton

Occupation: The co-founder of Emerald Gems Foundation

The Makeup of your Silhouette: I'm business savvy

How would you describe your ideal style? 
My ideal style is both classy and modern, timeless style is key for me.   

Now, what’s your style actually?... 
I tend to stick with pieces that are casual and comfortable to accommodate my everyday life as a wife and mom on-the-go.

Tell us, what’s one thing you love about you? 
I love my height and that I'm intuitive.

What’s your favorite purchase from Queen Anna? 
A long bright marigold jacket by Moon River, the perfect layering piece for when I want to make a bolder statement with my look.

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