In the office, there’s such a fine line between a beautiful + stunning print, and one that goes just a smidge too far. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve undoubtedly seen it. Patricia from accounting wearing a leopard print blouse paired with striped capri pants … no good.
But it’s the summer … a time for floral motifs, fun patterns and colorful clothing. And it’s completely possible to incorporate these summery styles into a work appropriate look for the warmer months ahead. Just keep these two tricks in mind when shopping:
Trick #1 - Experiment with patterns, but maintain a classic shape.
When incorporating a print into your work wear, select a piece of clothing with a more structured and traditional shape. A classically shaped sheath dress, pencil skirt, blazer, or a-line dress creates a structure and cohesion for your outfit, and the pattern is merely filling in what the eye perceives as a classic silhouette.
I adore how this Tropical Cowl Neck Dress from Tallgirls perfectly blends a customary sheath dress structure with a flowy cowl neck and modern waist tie detail. With a beautiful and colorful floral motif, this summer stunner can quickly transition into a variety of different situations. Throw on a pair of Navy Sling Back Wedges and a blazer for work, or a pair of leather flip flops for a weekend look. Besides its versatility, this dress is super soft, wrinkle-free and has a gathered waist to help conceal an area that isn’t always the most flattering.
Trick #2 - Source sophisticated and polished prints.
Trust your instincts. If you have any doubts that a pattern or print might not look appropriate in the office, go with your gut. If you’re unsure of which patterns will still exude a professional appearance, I recommend sourcing a paisley print.
For an impending client meeting this week, I will be wearing this Paisley Dress, also from Tallgirls. The chic crew neckline, flattering capped sleeves, and ruched detailing at the waist pair perfectly with the elegant and understated paisley print overlay. For a more corporate, business-formal touch during the meeting, I will be adding the Gathered Sleeve Blazer which ties in a feminine feel from a subtle detail along both shoulder seams. Both pieces are comfortable, yet powerful and professional.
How have you incorporated patterns and prints into your work wardrobe? Are there any styles that you avoid?
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