Hey hey, Girlbosses! Today I’m teaming up with Express to style two amazingly chic plaid outfits for the office. This quintessential fall – winter pattern can easily be worn in both your casual and professional life. It’s one of my favorite patterns of all time, and I wanted to show you two different approaches when styling for an office environment. Scroll down to read more and I hope you enjoy. Be sure to also take advantage of the 40% OFF SALE going on online at Express.com or use the in-store code below to save some $$ of your next purchase!
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Look #1 is all about head to toe plaid. One of the the easiest ways to pull off a cohesive full plaid look is buying a 2 piece set with the identical matching plaids. You can wear the set together as a full suit or split up the blazer and pants for completely different outfits. The combinations are endless, and it also eliminates the need to hunt for separates that hopefully will mesh well together.
SHOP THE LOOK
For this combo, I paired the plaid Ruched Sleeve Boyfriend Blazer with a pair of High Waisted Sash Ankle Pants, one of my favorite styles of all time! I love this style because it (1) gives you a nipped waistline, (2) isn’t too tight on the thighs, (3) has a cropped hem to visually lengthen the legs and (4) the sash belt cleverly hides tummy insecurities. I seriously have this pant style in many different colors and patterns, it’s just fool-proof! For balance, I kept the rest of the look super minimal. I tucked a ribbed cream v-neck sweater into the waistband and threw on my essential nude pumps and a black satchel. *Another super cute outfit idea would be to swap the blazer for a long cardigan!*
For the blazer, I picked up the boyfriend version because I love the longer, fitted look. The sleeves on this particular blazer are ruched, so you don’t have to worry about cuffing it to 3/4 length. In my opinion, the scrunching makes it look effortlessly cool and lived in! Pair it with jeans, dresses, skirts and other trousers for a multitude of different looks.
Another key thing to point out: the neutral color palette and thin lines keep this plaid super subtle and not overwhelming when paired together. Being petite, you can easily get swallowed by big scale patterns, so I like to go more conservative in color and size when doubling down on a singular pattern. It also makes it easier to match the plaid with other basics when you just want to sport the pants or blazer separately.
Our second look is all about these PANTS! How freaking adorable is this navy plaid?! The best part is that they are actually super stretchy legging-like pants. I couldn’t take them off the day I got them, they are so comfortable! I can squat, stretch, walk and sit in them all day like yoga pants, but they have the look of a polished pair of trousers. They look amazing with a casual tee and tennis shoes for the weekend or with a simple, elegant blouse for work.
SHOP THE LOOK
I fully tucked a balloon sleeved blouse into the waistband and loved how much it elevated these funky pants. The plaid in this look packs more of graphic punch, but the dark navy still keeps it appropriate. I added a bright, medium blue blazer on top to balance the plaid and compliment the shades of blue. This blazer has a more traditional shape with a 24″ length compared to 28″ for the boyfriend blazer in Look #1. If you have a louder plaid piece, you can always ground it by pairing it with a solid color. Let that singular plaid piece be the star!
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Thank you to Express for partnering with me on this post & thank you all for supporting my work. -xoxo E