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Steven Alan
If you really are the boss, don't wear this hat.

The first time you walked by the new Steven Alan store in Bucktown, you probably hustled on past, thinking, Guys? stuff, bor-ing. Yep, us too.

Luckily for all our closets, we were wrong.

The New York-based shop--this is its first Chicago outpost--is actually our new favorite for restocking our work wardrobe. Steven Alan?s streamlined aesthetic strikes a balance that perfectly captures how we want to look at work: like we?re smart, fashion-loving professionals who aren?t trying too hard.

Here?s what we want now.

The Big Interview The silk Thalia color-blocked dress ($358) is striking and sophisticated--it?ll set you apart from the pack. The no-nonsense black-and-white combo echoes the look of a suit but comes off less buttoned-up.

The Conference Call Who says you can?t wear leggings to work? Start your week on a comfortable note with this polished silk version ($320) by Alasdair. Pair them with dressed-up heels and a soft sweater.

The Power Lunch This Steven Alan black-and-ivory gingham suit (skirt $245, jacket $465) looks tailored and pulled together, but the leather piping, pockets and print ensure it?s a long way from boring.

Steven Alan, 1659 N. Damen Ave.; 773-697-4102 or

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