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Ask Anne: Cracking the New-Job Dress Code?
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 [email protected]
Dear Anne, I’m starting a new job, and while I wouldn’t call it corporate, I’ll be working in an office environment. I need some new clothes even though I already have a lot of basics. What should I buy to round it all out? –Jane T.
Dear Jane, I love this question. (I’m the nerd that sends my sister daily links to things she should buy for her work wardrobe.) Adding excitement while remaining office-appropriate is a delicate art. My advice: Go for a tiny bit of pattern—a cool stripe, some color blocking, or a bit of camouflage will do the trick. I promise you’ll get more mileage out of a good print than you thought possible. Here are three outfitting options to take your nine-to-five to the next level:
“Marry bold stripes with classic neutrals.”
Here, a sparkly nautical knit brings a touch of glamour to a traditionally tailored velvet blazer and high-rise trousers. Layer in some extras in a cohesive palette, like a color-blocked cross-body dipped in midnight blue and patent-leather brogues with tasseled details.
Striped Sweater NET-A-PORTER, $1,200
Wide-Leg Chino Trousers Matchesfashion , $294
Alex Velvet Blazer goop, $650
Jasper Loafer goop, $395
GOOP FRAGRANCE Eau De
Parfum: Edition 03 –
Incense goop, $165
Small Sutton MZ Wallace , $215
“Sometimes it’s fun to go the matching route—I love how a touch of green pulls it all together.”
When in doubt, let an oversized printed tote do the heavy lifting. Then, pepper in similar pops of color—moss-green sling-backs, sequin-adorned collar—to break up an otherwise solids-heavy situation. Bonus: Tortoise-shell frames play off of the patterned focal piece beautifully.
Point-Collor Shirt Matchesfashion, $430
Stretch Faille Smocked
Waistband Skirt Tibi, $495
Large Metro Tote MZ Wallace , $225
Suede Slingback Heel Mansur Gavriel, $475
BA0133 Sunglasses goop, $375
Expressionist Mascara 1 goop, $22
“A modern floral print keeps this ladylike pencil skirt in the cheerful zone.”
This pretty, slim-fit silhouette retains the romance among monochrome closet mainstays. Tuck in an unfussy blouse and add conservative hints of red—a bright wash of lipstick or fiery ankle strap—to bring the look full circle.
MARDI TOP goop, $775
Floral Pencil Skirt Intermix , $755
31mm Datejust goop, $5,400
Carpathian Kitten Heel goop, $795
Classic Hinge Pave Ring goop, $480
Weightless Lip Color goop, $28