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August 4, 2015

Fresh Prints & Patterns: Just Right for Work

In “ Clothes & Conversation” this week, we talked about the key trends in prints and patterns for the new Fall season. It may be August, but Fall is just around the corner. While we may be sad to feel Summer slipping by, we can’t help but feel excited about new Fall clothes – especially when they look as good as they do this season. Updated prints and patterns are an easy way to start infusing your work look with some Fall style, since you can mix them with neutrals – like pairing an updated floral blouse with a crisp white suit or skirt now, and later with timeless black pieces you already have in your wardrobe. No matter your work environment, there are patterns that will feel perfectly appropriate. A geometric printed blouse is appropriate in even the most conservative of work places under a blazer, while a dress in a similar pattern is modern and still professional in a more creative office.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our some of our favorites prints and patterns for a night out, and Thursday for casual picks we think you’ll love. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Marissa-Webb-Brighton-Tie-Waist-Striped-Jacket-/prod180560046_cat41160752__/p.prod
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Marissa Web - Brighton Tie-Waist Striped Jacket
Brighton Tie-Waist Striped Jacket
Marissa Web
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Whenever we find a printed jacket that can work back to your basic blacks, we are interested. And this Marissa Web knitted jacket hits all of our requirements of high quality, well-made modern fit, and updated style. The details on this jacket are so pretty and show off the luxury of this piece. From the black contrast trim and optional belt (it can be worn open without the belt, though we love how the wide sash accentuates the waist), to the stylish slit cuffs, this striped jacket will have you oozing confidence and power. You can wear it over a crisp white button down or simple black shell with a black skirt or trousers, and it also works over a simple sheath dress because the length hits at the high hip for the right proportions. You can even accent the look with pretty luggage brown leather pumps – you don’t have to always wear black with black.
http://www.equipmentfr.com/shop/shirts/adalyn-true-black-attic-floral-print Equipment - Adalyn Blouse
Equipment - Adalyn Blouse
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Equipment - Adalyn Blouse
Adalyn Blouse
Equipment
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This romantic floral is perfectly work-right, since it’s done on a black ground with a small even pattern that keeps it from being overly girly and really shows off the Victorian inspirations of this season’s florals. Equipment is known for their silk blouses. The modern fit is relaxed, but not over-sized, and the quality is just beautiful. It’s not always easy to find a black blouse that can be worn with a black suit or bottom, but this one has just enough color to break up the black and make it easy to coordinate with other black pieces in your wardrobe. (It looks great with grey and camel, too – or white if you want to start wearing it right away.)
https://www.shopbop.com/tiasa-pinstripe-skirt-by-malene/vp/v=1/1539716591.htm By Malene Birger - Tiasa Pinstripe Skirt
By Malene Birger - Tiasa Pinstripe Skirt
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By Malene Birger - Tiasa Pinstripe Skirt
Tiasa Pinstripe Skirt
By Malene Birger
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Stripes and menswear inspiration are big this season, and pairing them both on the most feminine of silhouettes creates an amazing skirt for the office that is both feminine and powerful. The contemporary pull-on style hugs your curves, but the cotton/wool fabric has stretch in it with an elastic waist that doesn’t dig. The longer length keeps it looking professional and makes it easy to pair with tights and heels or boots for a clean look. One of our favorite details is the zipper in the side-slit, so you can be as demure as you like. Wear a turtleneck sweater or a button up cardigan for a polished look. Camel, black, or navy look timeless, but color works well, too. You can even tuck a blouse in (solid or a an even print like a polka dot or floral) and add a wide belt to accentuate your waist.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-diamond-faux-wrap-top/4009128 Nic+Zoe - Diamond Faux Wrap Top
Nic+Zoe - Diamond Faux Wrap Top
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Nic+Zoe - Diamond Faux Wrap Top
Diamond Faux Wrap Top
Nic+Zoe
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Nic+Zoe’s diamond print uses gorgeous Fall color, with accents of deep plum. And even better, the pattern gets darker at the bottom of this top, so it creates a really slimming illusion that plays into the easy fitting silhouette (XS-XL). The faux wrap detail blouses easily around the waist and hips so there’s no cling and steps it up from a basic knit top. Sure, this top can be worn casually on a Friday with a pair of jeans and relaxed open sweater. But we also like it paired with simple black trousers and long buttoned cardigan for a professional look any day of the week.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Seraon-Palmetto-Knit-Sleeveless-Dress-Navy-Red/prod179930307/p.prod Theory - Seraon Palmetto-Knit Sleeveless Dress
Theory - Seraon Palmetto-Knit Sleeveless Dress
Geometric pattern and mod-inspiration are at their best in this Theory dress. The double-knit fabric is not only a fabulous nod to the 60’s, it’s super flattering in it’s mid-weight and texture that keeps things looking smooth and has a bit of stretch for serious comfort. The fit is contemporary, but not too fitted. The small, geo pattern uses deep red and a seriously dark navy that can easily be worn with black. The mock turtleneck creates a stylish and professional neckline, and the simple a-line silhouette has a seam at the waist that is all you need for a sleek and slim appearance. Wear it now with your favorite nude heels or flats; add black tights and high boots in the Fall. Sizes (00-12) are going fast, so if yours is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, try Nordstrom or Shopbop.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shirtsandtops/topsblouses/PRD~C3517/C3517.jsp J.Crew - Printed V-neck Band-sleeve Shell
J.Crew - Printed V-neck Band-sleeve Shell
Another way to do a small geo print, so popular for Fall, is in this J.Crew silk blouse. The varying shades of blue make it a simple solution to a navy suit or skirt – and really works with any color, from black or white to burgundy or camel. J.Crew’s easy, modern fit makes this blouse a year round winner in your wardrobe, as it looks just as professional on its own as it does layered under a jacket or cardigan.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-skirts/4120204583343.jsp#/ Plenty by Tracy Reese - Alaia Pencil Skirt
Plenty by Tracy Reese - Alaia Pencil Skirt
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Plenty by Tracy Reese - Alaia Pencil Skirt
Alaia Pencil Skirt
Plenty by Tracy Reese
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Prints can sometimes be intimidating in pants or skirts, as many ladies worry they will accentuate areas we are looking to hide. This pencil skirt’s pattern is a beautiful “camouflager”. You wouldn’t know it at a glance, but this skirt is actually made of stretch denim, so the fabric keeps you smooth. But the pattern effortlessly dresses it up, so we wouldn’t even consider this a jean skirt. The smart use of an alternate pattern down the sides is seriously slimming and just adds to the sophisticated look. The pencil silhouette is simply stunning, whether you choose to tuck in a simple white button-down and add nude pumps or wear a timeless navy cashmere sweater and cognac brown boots.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/diane-von-furstenberg-maya-print-stretch-silk-top/4011816 Diane von Furstenberg - Maya Print Stretch Silk Top
Diane von Furstenberg - Maya Print Stretch Silk Top
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Diane von Furstenberg - Maya Print Stretch Silk Top
Maya Print Stretch Silk Top
Diane von Furstenberg
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Diane von Furstenberg rarely disappoints when it comes to creating great prints, and the mixed geometric patterns in this black and white silk top will have you reaching for it over and over. The small keyhole in the neckline is subtle, but it opens up the high neckline just enough so it works under a blazer. While you can certainly tuck this top in to your favorite pants or skirt, the shirttail hemline looks great untucked – especially with a blazer or cardigan over it. And don’t worry if it is longer than whatever you’re layering over it. In fact, that is the preference this season for that effortless look. An added perk: it makes it easy to wear a black jacket and pants that may not be the exact same shade of black (you know how they can vary), since it breaks them up.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Joie-Jacolyn-Tile-Jacquard-Tweed-Jacket/prod180340331/p.prod Joie - Jacolyn Tile Jacquard Tweed Jacket
Joie - Jacolyn Tile Jacquard Tweed Jacket
This cotton/linen zip-up from Joie has a stylish tile pattern and substantial look that is the perfect middle ground of a cardigan and a blazer. Joie’s modern fit is easy, in a high hip length that keeps it polished and neat looking. It’s easy over a black shell with trousers, and looks great with a split-neck blouse, too.
https://www.shopbop.com/brigitte-blouse-tory-burch/vp/v=1/1571723936.htm Tory Burch - Brigitte Blouse
Tory Burch - Brigitte Blouse
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Tory Burch - Brigitte Blouse
Brigitte Blouse
Tory Burch
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Paisley prints, and anything that reminds you of the ‘70’s, is simply a must-have this season, and this Tory Burch shirt is an absolute favorite in our offices. Wear it with a pair of flared dark denim jeans and a corduroy blazer on a casual day, or dress it up with chic trousers –camel, brown, navy, olive, or burgundy all coordinate effortlessly. The quality is lovely, and Tory Burch’s modern fit (0-14) look great on all shapes. It also comes in a version with a white ground that is just so smart-looking with grey, navy, or black, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/tory-burch-kerrington-square-tote/4102502 Tory Burch - Kerrington Square Tote
Tory Burch - Kerrington Square Tote
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Tory Burch - Kerrington Square Tote
Kerrington Square Tote
Tory Burch
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One more print from Tory Burch that we couldn’t leave out for work is in this great tote. The stripes are sleek and modern, using a durable leather that makes it a great bag for everyday use. The straps are long enough to fit on your shoulder with ease, even once you start wearing a coat. And it has interior zip and cellphone pockets to separate the essentials from all the other goodies you can fit in this roomy bag.
 

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