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August 19, 2014

Plaids & Houndstooth: Graphic Prints, Big or Small, for Work

We love the power of a plaid or houndstooth pattern in a work appropriate silhouette. A perfectly tailored plaid jacket? So chic. Women’s workwear has evolved over the years, so now we can effortlessly borrow from the boys without looking like one of them. The yin and yang of the hard lines created by these patterns, with the softer lines of feminine clothing are a perfect combination. Depending on the fabric, this is a great look to start wearing now, and you’ll easily wear it all winter long.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite casual pieces. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maggy-london-print-jersey-wrap-dress/3796616
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/maggy-london-print-jersey-wrap-dress/3796616
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Maggy London - Print Jersey Wrap Dress
Print Jersey Wrap Dress
Maggy London
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This dress is a real bang for your buck. Fashionable design in this abstract black and red plaid, and a flattering wrap silhouette, that goes from work to dinner with ease. It comes in a large array of sizes in an easy fit, and is just so fresh and updated. It hits just at the knee on most of us, and looks great with a simple pair of black pumps. It will work with tights and sleek boots in the winter, too. Don’t be afraid to add a chunky necklace.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pink-tartan-houndstooth-sheath-dress/3788186 Pink Tartan - Houndstooth Sheath Dress
Pink Tartan - Houndstooth Sheath Dress
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Pink Tartan - Houndstooth Sheath Dress
Houndstooth Sheath Dress
Pink Tartan
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Sophisticated and appropriate in a conservative or creative office, this modern fitting dress from Pink Tartan is a timeless investment. This silhouette will always be stylish and appropriate. A tight, even pattern like this small houndstooth is very flattering, regardless of your size – especially with the princess seaming to create a slimming curve. Plus, it has a stretch lining to help smooth. Add a belt if you want to break up the dress – a little trick that helps camouflage any hip or belly lumps.
http://www.cusp.com/Ali-Ro-Long-Sleeve-Windowpane-Print-Dress-Fall-Favorites/prod13500004_cat4460006_cat110000_/p.prod Ali Ro - Long-Sleeve Windowpane-Print Dress
Ali Ro - Long-Sleeve Windowpane-Print Dress
This silk, lined a-line dress from Ali Ro really caught our eye with it's long-sleeve and crewneck, making it a great work option. The contemporary style would also look great with a belt to accentuate your waist and add some definition. Even though the dress is ground in ivory, don't be afraid to wear black tights and boots once the weather gets cool. The mod contrast will look fresh, and still work appropriate.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446700323 Lafayette 148 New York - Pria Large-Check Topper Coat
Lafayette 148 New York - Pria Large-Check Topper Coat
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Lafayette 148 New York - Pria Large-Check Topper Coat
Pria Large-Check Topper Coat
Lafayette 148 New York
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Modern and graphic, add this easy fitting Lafayette 148 New York longer jacket to your basic blacks with a simple tank underneath (we’ve always sworn by this one) and your outfit is all of sudden well thought out and complete. Whether you’re attending the meeting or running it, you will look professional and in-charge.
http://www.dkny.com/women/shop-by-category/new-arrivals/p343034pb/tweed-collarless-jacket DKNY - Tweed Collarless Jacket
DKNY - Tweed Collarless Jacket
This modern fitting DKNY collarless jacket has style and sophistication. Instead of a traditional button front, this has an asymmetrical zip front. And we love that juxtaposition with the traditional tweed plaid fabric - making it a great option for many work places. We love the way it's styled in this picture, with a turtleneck and classic wide leg trousers.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/blazers/jcrewcollection/PRD~04498/04498.jsp J. Crew - Women's Ludlow Blazer
J. Crew - Women's Ludlow Blazer
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J. Crew - Women's Ludlow Blazer
Women's Ludlow Blazer
J. Crew
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A feminine take from a clearly masculine inspiration. It almost has a hint of a ‘70’s feel in its lean line and glenplaid wool. This looks great with all black – like this slim sleeveless turtleneck and skinny pants. Or take a different approach with a pair of dark flared jeans and a crisp white button-down shirt.

http://www.trinaturk.com/lucie-top/147701.html Trina Turk - Lucie Top
Trina Turk - Lucie Top
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Trina Turk - Lucie Top
Lucie Top
Trina Turk
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The relaxed modern fit of this exploded houndstooth blouse is a subtle, yet striking, work option. The colors in the pattern are neutral, but do have a small pop of deep pink, which only helps the print subtly come to life. It hits just around the hip, so you can leave it untucked with your favorite black or camel slim trousers. The short sleeve is longer, which makes it not only flattering, but more versatile to easily wear through fall. It’s also beautiful in the long-sleeve version
http://www.revolveclothing.com/bella-luxx-crepe-oversized-blouse-in-grid-print/dp/BLUX-WS32/ Bella Luxx - Crepe Oversized Blouse
Bella Luxx - Crepe Oversized Blouse
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Bella Luxx - Crepe Oversized Blouse
Crepe Oversized Blouse
Bella Luxx
Sold by: Revolve Clothing

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A graphic windowpane pattern is simple, and looks great under a classic suit or with a long black tailored cardigan for the office. And, of course, it’s fabulous on it’s own, since the fabric has a soft drape to it. Black and white patterns always work with black coordinates, but don’t forget they are a great option for a solid color, too. Don’t feel like you have to tie it back to black – that’s just the easiest option! Have some fun with jewel tones or other neutrals – navy is a sophisticated pairing, as is camel or red.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-camuto-faux-wrap-top-regular-petite/3431806 Vince Camuto - Faux Wrap Top
Vince Camuto - Faux Wrap Top
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Vince Camuto - Faux Wrap Top
Faux Wrap Top
Vince Camuto
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Need a great layer under a black jacket? This Vince Camuto top in a crisp houndstooth is your answer. While the weather is still warm, this is beautiful on its own with trousers or a skirt - the ruching at the hip is very slimming. In a large array of sizes (and other prints), it’s wonderfully priced. And that’s what makes the surplice styling and soft, stretchy fabric even better, doesn’t it? This style should lie across your chest so that you don’t need to add a cami underneath, but you certainly can add one, if you feel nervous.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-geometric-precision-plaid-pencil-skirt/3798343 Free People - Geometric Precision Plaid Pencil Skirt
Free People - Geometric Precision Plaid Pencil Skirt
Free People did a plaid pencil skirt last fall that couldn’t stay in stock, and this year’s update is sure to do the same, so don’t wait on this one. It comes in fashionable red, which we love paired with black or navy, but it the black and grey combo that really catches our eye. This coloring is timeless, working with black and white and everything in between. The fabric has nice weight, and a bit of stretch to it. The hemline is a little longer in the back, perfect for fall with your tights and boots.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eileen-fisher-plaid-felted-wool-knit-skirt-online-only/3777592 Eileen Fisher - Plaid Felted Wool Knit Skirt
Eileen Fisher - Plaid Felted Wool Knit Skirt
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Eileen Fisher - Plaid Felted Wool Knit Skirt
Plaid Felted Wool Knit Skirt
Eileen Fisher
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As we’ve been talking about, prints work for all sizes, and Eileen Fisher exemplifies that with their easy fitting plaid wool skirt. The subtle color combination of charcoal and black is endlessly flattering and versatile. We would stick with a pair of black tights and a body skimming black sweater for a look that’s great for a more casual day at the office and a relaxing dinner later.
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Nanette-Lepore-Prep-School-Slim-Plaid-Pants-plaid/prod101800009___/p.prod Nanette Lepore - Prep School Slim Plaid Pants
Nanette Lepore - Prep School Slim Plaid Pants
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Nanette Lepore - Prep School Slim Plaid Pants
Prep School Slim Plaid Pants
Nanette Lepore
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We are always careful to pick prints for slim pant silhouettes that will, well, make sure a “slim silhouette” is the end result. This Nanette Lepore is definitely one of those good ones. The easier fit and thicker waistband creates a lean, contemporary look. The pattern, grounded in black, with an even – not busy – windowpane pattern does not add any visual bulk and looks polished and graphic with a white or black top you probably already own. The men’s inspired fabric gives you the option to wear these pants with an oxford or tailored loafer. But the feminine style also works effortlessly with a classic pump.


http://www.ralphlauren.com/product/index.jsp?productId=32525396 Ralph Lauren - Tattersall Silk Scarf
Ralph Lauren - Tattersall Silk Scarf
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Ralph Lauren - Tattersall Silk Scarf
Tattersall Silk Scarf
Ralph Lauren
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Maybe you’re doing an all black outfit…this scarf gives just the stylish, yet conservative, pop you need complete it. In 100% silk and a clean Tattersall design, it is nice and long so just wrap it around your neck a couple times and let the ends hang in front.
http://www.zappos.com/stuart-weitzman-tipantibe-smoke-plaid-suede Stuart Weitzman - Tipantibe Shoes
Stuart Weitzman - Tipantibe Shoes
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Stuart Weitzman - Tipantibe Shoes
Tipantibe Shoes
Stuart Weitzman
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Stuart Weitzman has outdone himself with this d’orsay flat. Take a close look (click through the “shop it” button) and you’ll see the subtle detail of this gentle plaid on suede. These look great with trousers and jeans, but work with skirts too, since they have a light, feminine shape and small heel – they won’t look heavy at all. We love this grey combination, but it comes in a rich brown/black combination too, so choose the one that works best with your wardrobe.
 

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