Ask Anne: Spring Work Wardrobe Refresh?
Anne Keane, formerly the fashion director at Lucky magazine, is our newest goop contributing editor. You can send questions on everything from how to mix prints to how to up your earring game to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Anne, I want to buy something exciting for spring, but the reality is I need a refresh on my work wardrobe. Are there any fun clothes or trends that are office appropriate?—Carly L.
Dear Carly, First of all, the need for workplace-friendly clothes should not keep you from trying out new styles for spring. The key to wearing something slightly fashion forward is arming yourself with some great basics. Rely on classic heels, a go-with-everything peacoat, or a sharp skirt to keep any look elevated. Common sense rules still apply, however: if you’re feeling cutouts and midriff-baring tops, set them aside for the weekend.
“Pair two graphic stripes in a similar palette to keep the look balanced.”
Shades of pink—from millennial blush pink to bright berries—dominated the spring runways, so by simply incorporating this hue into your work wardrobe, you’re already embracing one of the season’s biggest trends. A swingy, pleated skirt feels lady-like, particularly when paired with a simple black sandal. And, bonus: this printed scarf is big enough to use as a shawl if you’ve got an over air-conditioned office, too.
MIU MIU Graphic
Candy-Print Cotton Top Matches Fashion, $680
ZARA Sateen Skirt with Box
Pleats and Belt Zara, $49
Vis A Vis
Voyager Trench Coat goop, $995
COACH Yankee Floral
Oblong Scarf Coach, $135
BALENCIAGA Bazar Zip-Around
Continental Wallet Neiman Marcus, $565
Nindy Sandal goop, $651
“Sporty can still be grown up.”
Turn up an otherwise stale black pencil skirt with this unexpected sporty twist: a polo shirt layered underneath a graphic sweatshirt has the same effect as, say, a button-down underneath a knit, but speaks to the current “athluxury” trend.
Cuff Ring goop, $150
BABY LOVE BALM LIP
+ CHEEK TINT goop, $28
Clarita Heel Sandal goop, $595
GOOP LABEL Goop U
Oversized Sweatshirt goop, $195
FENDI Multicolor Studded
Leather Backpack Saks Fifth Avenue, $2,300
L’ETOILE SPORT Medea Mesh
Shoulder Polo goop, $225
MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION Front-Slit
Pencil Skirt goop, $695
“A little proportion play goes a long way.”
A high-volume top may feel like a fashion daredevil moment for the office, but if it’s thoughtfully paired with classic pieces, like a slim-fitting trouser in army green (they’re just as easy as a pair of jeans) and a pointy heeled loafer, you’ll get it just right. A swipe of a berry lip and classic geometric diamond-accented studs add an extra dose of pulled-together polish.
SONIA RYKIEL Oversized
Knitted Sweater Net-a-porter, $1,080
- NILI LOTAN Tel Aviv Pant goop, $325
Large Lilies Tote Saks Fifth Avenue, $1,320
ANN TAYLOR Deloris
Suede Bow Pumps Ann Taylor, $89.88
RACHEL KATZ Mini Triangle
Studs with Diamonds goop, $1,200
Lip Color goop, $24