8 Power Pieces Every Bauce Woman Has in Her Closet

As Oscar Wilde once said, “you can never be overdressed or overeducated.” For the ambitious, career-driven or just plain life-focused Bauces out there, we know that presentation is key when it comes to sending the overall message that you’re a woman of high value that means business. But this doesn’t mean you have to break an arm and a leg to look the part of a self-made businesswoman. Before you start your new job, head to your next interview, or host your upcoming fundraiser, be sure that you have these eight essential wardrobe pieces in your closet. They simply scream effortlessly chic, classy, and fabulous!

1. A power tote

Have you ever been that girl whose still digging through her purse for five minutes after yelling out that you have a pen that your boss can borrow? Yeah…don’t be that girl. Instead, find an organized tote that is both stylish and equally efficient. Be sure that it is chic and sleek and can complement most outfits without appearing gaudy.

Tote Bags


Row 1: Michael Kors Tote ($385), Madewell “The Transport” Leather Tote ($168), Fossil “Mother’s Day” Large Shopper ($188). Row 2: Henri Bendel Striped Straw Beach Tote ($198), Lacoste Chantaco Greenical Tote Bag ($258), Canal Collection 2-in-1 Reversible Tote ($40)


2. Louboutins

No other shoe will garner as much respect and hushed whispers of envy from other women as when they see that timeless, instantly recognizable red at the bottom of your soles. Save up and invest in the sexiest, most powerful heels a woman can own. (Not ready to drop a few hundreds? We have some more affordable recommendations below.



 Christian Louboutin “So Kate” 120mm Suede Pumps ($675), Ted Baker Cossay High Heels ($150), Kurt Geiger Vida High Heels ($225)



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3. Round sunglasses

They add an air of mystery a la Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. They’re stylish, timeless, and of course great protection for your eyes. Plus, let’s face it—it’s hard not to feel bad ass strutting down the street in designer shades.



Row 1:  Miu Miu Round Sunglasses ($400), Yves Saint Laurent Oversized Sunglasses ($469), Alexander McQueen Black Round Gradient Sunglasses ($430). Row 2: Ray-Ban Rb4256 Black Round Sunglasses ($150), Eyevan7285 Round Frame Sunglasses ($375), Woman Vintage Big Double Round Frame Sunglasses ($6.49

4. Trench Coat

Another timeless, sexy yet classy, Parisian-style look. A trench by itself (paired with Louboutins or classy flats) is a whole look of its own. Perfect for both spring and fall weather and a way to keep you looking effortlessly stylish and professional.

Trench coats


 Chicwish Textured Belted Trench Coat ($68), Madewell Parcel Gabardine Trench Coat ($170), Grace & Oliver Amalie Trench ($280)


5. Pearls

Forget diamonds. Pearls are a girl’s best friend, especially one who is ambitious and career driven. They’re feminine and powerful (not that the two are mutually exclusive, of course). Wear these to interviews, special days at work, or basically any time you’re feeling fancy.




Clockwise from top: Freshwater Pearl Necklace ($63),  Blue Nile Freshwater Cultured Pearl Strand Necklace ($395), Miadora 14k Yellow Gold White Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace ($80),  DaVonna White Freshwater Pearl 36-inch Endless Necklace ($95)


6. A classy watch

A designer watch is an absolute must and a great investment. You can easily dress it up for business meetings and style it down for casual fridays. Purchasing a quality watch is a pricey venture; however, it will last for a long time unlike cheaper models that typically snap after constant wear and tear.



Kate Spade Metro Watch ($156), Marc Jacobs Baker Rose Gold Tone Watch ($265), Michael Kors Runway MK5661 Rose Gold Stainless Pave Crystal Watch ($158), TopShop Olivia Burton Modern Vintage Watch ($94), Daniel Wellington Women’s Sheffield 0608DW Black Leather Quartz Watch ($93)


7. A Wrap Dress

All bauces have that one versatile dress that’s perfect for going to the office, then out to happy hour or for a late night meet-up with your girls. Layer it with a jacket or jewelry for instant glam. Remember, wrap dresses should accentuate your body type and not hug too tightly. Too much cleavage or rising in the thigh area is a sign that you may want to go up a size.

Wrap Dresses


Topshop Crepe Wrap Dress ($80), Isabel Marant Étoile  Short Sleeve Dress ($195), Diane von Furstenberg “New Jeanne” Two Print Silk Wrap Dress ($398), TopShop Two-Tone Belted Wrap Dress ($100), Great Plains Club House Wrap Dress ($115)


8. Ballet flats

For when your arches just can’t take it (from your Louboutins, obvs) any longer, ballet flats are the way to go. Perfect with virtually any outfit, you can comfortably and fashionably transition through a long day of meetings, work lunches, and networking events with these super essential shoes.
Ballet Flats


Column 1: UGG Australia Karlina  Geo Perf Flats ($77), Sam Edelman August Scallop-Edge Ballet Flats ($100). Column 2: Tory Burch Reva Leather Ballet Flats ($225). Column 3: Charlotte Olympia Kitty Grey Crocodile Flats ($500), Talbots Women’s Viola Hidden Wedge Ballet Flats ($52


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