5 Ways To Wear Prints To Work And Look Fabulous
Let’s face it, work is not the most interesting thing on earth for most of us. So why add more dullness into it with boring outfits?
It doesn’t take a lot to restyle your office closet when you have this season’s selection of vibrant prints on hand to inject some zest and rejuvenate your attire. The trick is to keep one item in your overall look printed, and pair that down with other pieces in complimentary colours.
Beyond wearing prints in your clothing, they pack just as much punch when these prints show up in the form of accessories – such as a bag, shoe or jewellery. Throw it together with an easy dress or jacket, and you’re already elevating your style game.
From fancy florals to optical prints, explore the best of this season’s prints and textures, and learn how you can make them work for work.
- Get Graphic
Black and white are failproof options, but when they come together in a graphic print, it feels fresh instantly.
Jumper, $110, from Warehouse
A mixture of polka-dots in a single piece helps to turn a humble sweater into a statement top. Tuck this into a pencil skirt for a chic, office look.
Tunic, $30 (£15.00), from riverisland.com
Slip into this lightweight tunic and ground it with a pair of black pants. If you want more colour to liven up your look, a coloured belt or a bright lipstick will help.
TOPSHOP Graphic Print Edie Blouse, $89.90, Zalora
Opt for bell sleeves to jazz up your usual shirt-and-pants combo.
- Fine Line
Eschew the usual pick of bold stripes and work a thinner stripe width into your outfit.
Top, $49, from Pomelo Fashion
Upgrade your basic work shirt with ruffles and a girlish bow. Wide-legged pants will add cool points and help you steer clear of looking too bookish.
Top, $39, from Marks & Spencer
A loose-fitted blouse will keep you feeling comfortable throughout your day. Wear it with a midi-length skirt and some heeled sandals to complete.
Topshop Stripe Choker Open Back Top, $76.90
The only time you can get away with wearing a choker to work is if it's attached to your top. This versatile piece looks great with either pants or a skirt.
- Check Mate
Contrast chequered prints with bold, solid colours.
Shirt, $76.90, from Topshop
Layer a gingham shirt underneath a dark-coloured sweater, then throw on some jeans and brown loafers for the perfect Casual Friday solution.
Skirt, $55.90, from Mango
A black skirt suit is such a style-yawn, but when you swap out a basic black skirt for a gingham piece, it instantly feels fresh again.
Closet Checkered Belted Dress, $116.13, ASOS
When opting for a chequered dress, keep your accessories, including bag and shoes, simple.
- Petal Pusher
Contrast a floral print with a pop of bright colour. Pssst… adding a darker colour will help to ground the brighter shades.
Skirt, $156, from Topshop
With a skirt that’s as attention-grabbing as this, all you need is a white t-shirt and white sneakers and you’re good to go. Alternatively, dress up a little more with an unbuttoned white shirt and some pointed pumps.
Dress, $78, from Warehouse
Florals may not feel groundbreaking, but this artsy rendering makes it feel new and interesting enough to work. Slip into a pair of white brogues before you head out.
ZALORA Collection Back Zip Boxy Top, $29.90
Florals are harder to match than solid colours, so why not opt for a versatile piece like this boxy top that can be worn with different types of bottoms?
- Seventies Redux
This season’s key pattern takes the best groove of the ‘70s and mixes it up for a modern, renewed spin.
Dress, $89.90, from Dorothy Perkins
If the print-on-print combination is too much for you, a white or grey cardigan will give this dress some gravity. The best part? You could also wear this dress on a weekend, so you get the most out of your purchase.
Skirt, $94.80 (US$67.60), from bodenusa.com
Get geeky with a linen shirt tucked into a printed A-line skirt. Complete the look with some rimmed glasses and a pair of men’s inspired shoes.
Traffic People Smock Dress In 70s Floral Print, $130.91, ASOS
If psychedelic prints are not your thing, opt for floral prints inspired by the 70s era.
Text: Aaron Kok / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / April 2017
Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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