Outfit details: Top, Nordstrom. Skirt, Banana. Tights, DKNY. Shoes, Nine West.
Why it works: The printed top is fun and feminine, but it gets a little more serious paired with the straight black skirt and tights. The deep pink/purple shoes are a cool contrast with the tights. And the colors of the top are complimented by the shade of the shoes because they are the same tone.
What it needs: A long, delicate necklace or a couple of bangles, perhaps?
Dress it up: A pointy-toed black pump would push this right into the Serious Work Look category.
Dress it down: Grey tights and flats would make this a little more funky. Or switch the skirt and tights for skinny jeans.
If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can actually see the cute new shoes!