The Refined Woman is a style blog that offers so much more than cute outfits. Kat + Em, the founders and curators of the site, are on a mission to add a bit of refinement to everyday life. Their mantra? Fashion is empowering and elegance never goes out of style. We couldn’t agree more, and are thrilled to welcome The Refined Woman to Rue today. Say goodbye to a boring boardroom, because Kat + Em are showing us how to refine office style. Warning- you’ll soon be adding a pair of high-waisted trousers to your shopping list!! Take it away, ladies:

The trouser pant gets a bad rap. A silhouette we’re loving right now is a high-waisted trouser pant with a slightly cropped cut. It keeps the look current but still work appropriate. There are so many ways to style these beauties – here are two ways we are wearing our trousers right now. Kat’s look is the perfect blend of bohemian and put together, and Em’s look is polished with a pop.

Kat’s Look
My look is more of a Refined Boho Chic.  I chose these trousers because I love the burnt carmel color, and they fall nicely above my waist.  They also fit right into my neutral color palette that I’m always drawn to.  The Peter Pan blouse gives the slouchy trousers a touch of femininity.  As it is quite warm in New York City right now; it allows me to be professional and comfortable!
SHOP KAT’S LOOK: Blouse (J.Crew, Similar Here) // Trousers (Zara, Similar Pair Here) // Bag

Em’s Look
I prefer my trouser pants fitted throughout the leg for a polished look, with a sleeveless silk top tied for a fun twist. I’m loving a retro style blazer on top to balance out the classic black pumps. I would wear this to a client meeting – the trousers and the heels mean business but the printed top and blazer easily take this look out of the office and to dinner on the town afterwards.
SHOP EM’S LOOK: Trousers // Blouse // Blazer (Thrifted) // Heels // Purse

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