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soft tailoring

Is Soft Tailoring the New Power Suit?
(Also, What Is Soft Tailoring, Exactly?)

Some prepandemic routines have been easy to slip back into: seeing friends (safely!), coordinating school schedules, sweating it out somewhere other than your living room floor. Others, like piecing together an appropriate work outfit after a year and a half of pants-optional? Not so easy. For us, the key to success hinges on soft tailoring—smart silhouettes that hang beautifully off the body without relying on excessive lining, padding, or seaming. So for those of you returning to in-person work soon, may we suggest the below?

woman in white dress

DRESS CODE

Minimize the number of styling moves required to get out the door with a shirtdress, in either breezy stripes or solid hues. Seal the deal with simple jewelry, braided sandals, and a camel-colored bag that can accommodate your laptop and a packed lunch.

ESSE DRESS, goop, $611

  1. Studio Nicholson shirt dres
    Studio Nicholson shirtdress goop, $595
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  2. Alex Mill dress
    Alex Mill dress goop, $178
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  3. Co Dress
    Co Dress goop, $625
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  4. Wear It With

  5. G. Label Emily Yellow Gold and pavé split earrings
    G. Label Emily Yellow Gold
    and pavé split earrings
    goop, $895
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  6. Aesther Ekme Handbag
    Aesther Ekme Handbag goop, $647
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  7. Hereu Sandals
    Hereu Sandals goop, $500
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woman in cardigan and skirt

SOFT SKILLS

Sure, wearing silk pj’s all day might be a weekends-only indulgence from now on, but that doesn’t mean the material is off-limits: Approximate the comfort of your favorite set with a slip skirt (or trousers, or boxer shorts) plus a sumptuous knit on top.

G. LABEL Hill Ribbed Puff-Sleeve Cardigan, goop, $595; LEE MATHEWS SKIRT, goop, $360; A EMERY SANDALS, goop, $190

  1. Co Sweater
    Co Sweater goop, $695
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  2. Ciao Lucia Skirt
    Ciao Lucia Skirt goop, $295
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  3. Joos Tricot Crewneck
    Joos Tricot Crewneck goop, $295
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  4. Nili Lotan pants
    Nili Lotan pants goop, $450
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  5. G. Label AmyLee chunky puff-sleeve sweater
    G. Label AmyLee chunky
    puff-sleeve sweater
    goop, $595
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  6. G. Label Wayne Boxe
    G. Label Wayne Boxer Shorts goop, $295
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  7. Wear It With

  8. Ariel Gordon Bracelet
    Ariel Gordon Bracelet goop, $825
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  9. Loewe Shoulder Bag
    Loewe Shoulder Bag Matchesfashion, $3,650
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  10. Ganni Sneakers
    Ganni Sneakers goop, $345
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woman in white NILI LOTAN SHIRT

A SHIRT THING

These detail-oriented blouses—note the pin-tuck pleats, eyelet ruffles, and utility pockets—are buttoned-up in the best way. Cotton-linen culottes and leather accessories keep the look laid-back; it’s an equation so effortless, you’ll have it working weekends, too.

NILI LOTAN SHIRT, goop, $350

  1. Xirena Shirt
    Xirena Shirt goop, $187
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  2. G. Label Blau Butto
    G. Label Blau Button-Up Top goop, $425
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  3. Nili Lotan Shirt
    Nili Lotan Shirt goop, $295
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  4. Wear It With

  5. Demellier Bucket Bag
    DeMellier Bucket Bag goop, $370
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  6. Apiece Apart Culottes
    Apiece Apart Culottes goop, $295
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  7. Hereu Sandals
    Hereu Sandals goop, $500
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woman in blue cami with white trousers and woman in white blouse and trousers

PLEATS ADVISE

Between the wide-leg silhouettes and detailed pleating, the work pant 2.0 is sharper than ever. Tuck in a tank or a tonal top to highlight your natural waistline, then wrap a cashmere sweater around your shoulders in case of overzealous AC.

LEFT: G. LABEL Kerith Thin-Strap Camisole, goop, $275; G. LABEL HENRY CROPPED PLEAT-FRONT PANTS, goop, $495; RIGHT: STUDIO NICHOLSON SHIRT, goop, $455; STUDIO NICHOLSON TROUSERS, goop, $525; HEREU SANDALS, goop, $500

  1. Wear It With

  2. Marlo Laz Necklace
    Marlo Laz Necklace goop, $2,600
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  3. Co Sweater
    Co Sweater goop, $695
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  4. JW Anderson loafers
    JW Anderson loafers goop, $595
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