Melisa Goldie serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. With her extensive background in advertising and photography, Ms. Goldie is responsible for directing and executing the company’s branded materials for advertising, marketing, packaging, licensing, and promotional initiatives, across all product categories globally. Ms. Goldie, who graduated with honors from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, resides in Brooklyn, New York with her family.

Here, she helps us navigate that daily dilemma we all encounter: “What am I going to wear?” —Ed.


It’s an essential question we each face daily and depending on your line of work, you are also likely dressing for multiple scenarios: dropping the kids off at school, going to the office, a client meeting, a dinner date, or a cocktail partyand sometimes these all need to be achieved with the same outfit, so a little bit of planning is key.

Unless your job calls for a business suit, a scrub, or other type of uniform, achieving the right look is more art than science and strikes a fine balance of confidence, taste and personal style.

Curating your own wear-to-work wardrobe can be looked upon as an exciting personal challenge or a daunting experience. As a working mother, with two decades of experience in the fashion industry, I have found a few key ways to approach my work wardrobe. Here are a few personal pointersalong with my top picks from this fall’s Calvin Klein sportswear line.

  1. Keep it simple. This belted long sleeve print dress mixes both modest and feminine elements effortlessly. Paired with black patent leather lizard pumps and a rounded Saffiano leather satchel, it’s a versatile look poised enough for the work day and perfect for an after-work date.
  2. Dress smart. Start with black crocodile embossed leather pumps, and pair them with black stretch leggings and a white pleated mandarin collar blouse for a smart combination that’s both practical and polished. Add a blazer if you need to take it up a notch or head to a meeting.
  3. Pencil it in. A sleek, black leather pencil skirt is super chic and turns an otherwise simple skirt look into a confident statement. To complete the look, trade the pumps for a pair of over-the-knee leather boots.
  4. Go back to black. Try layering a long sleeve shirt dress over skinny stretch leggings for a casual look with a sophisticated appeal. Accessorize with a platform ankle boot, and a dome satchel.  Remember, black will always be the new black.

Calvin KleinShop for these and other great wear-to-work looks at calvinklein.com.


Look 1:

CalvinKlein_WearToWork_Look1Printed Long Sleeve Black Dress
Winnie Croco Embossed Leather Pump          
Saffiano Leather Rounded Satchel










Look 2:

CalvinKlein_WearToWork_Look2Pleated Mandarin Collar Blouse    
Power Stretch Black Leggings
Winnie Croco Embossed Leather Pump










Look 3:

CalvinKlein_WearToWork_Look3Averie Over-the-Knee Leather Boot             












Look 4:

CalvinKlein_WearToWork_Look4Body Skinny Pants
Britney Suede + Leather Ankle Boot


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  • Winston November 20, 2014 at 1:20 am

    This is so great! I can not think of anybody better than Melisa to fill this position. She is a very intelligent, thoughtful person who will challenge your position with more than empathy but sincerity.

  • Caitlin W. September 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    As a recent college graduate who is looking to elevate her wardrobe to more polished heights, I appreciate the pointers and the pieces! I am eyeing the suede ankle boots, in particular.

    For a woman of any age I absolutely agree that “black will always be the new black”.

  • Diane September 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Love these smart looks for fall. Timeless pieces interspersed with slightly edgy pieces work for me in my job in advertising even though I am 58. Styles that we choose as we age often depend on our fitness and size. I bought the well priced long sleeved dress and it was longer on me (5’2″) than on the leggy model in the picture and there was a hem that I could have let out but didn’t need to. Melisa, thanks for sharing these affordable choices with us!

  • Elizabeth September 20, 2013 at 9:06 am

    I have adored CK’s clothes since well before I could afford even a belt! I love the pieces pictured here. Wish the dress were a length I feel appropriate for me to wear now. WIsh that were true about so much of comtemporary fashion.