Line of Work: Why Stripes Are Our New Favorite Office Style Statement

Take one look at Karlie Kloss—dressed for a day at the office—in our current campaign and you’ll be a bold stripe-believer. While, yes, Kloss could make a garbage bag look sexy, these striking photos are a refresher on the power of the pattern. Commanding, classic—not to mention flattering—these stripes were made for long, grueling work days and celebratory nights, too. Have you fallen in line (wink)? Great news! Our design team is just a leetle bit obsessed with office-friendly, menswear-inspired stripes right now, which means you’ve got plenty of ways to incorporate the motif into your wardrobe. Here, five equally chic ways to show your stripes at work, and our top three favorite styles for each. When we told you they were obsessed, we meant it. Trust us: It’s all for your benefit.

 

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The Button-Down Shirt

Our City and Portofino shirts are a wardrobe essential for all women—especially if you’re a professional who needs to dress up for work Every. Single. Day. The great thing about these menswear stripe options is how easily they mix and match with your go-to neutral work pants and skirts. Refresh your wardrobe with one or two of these babies, and you’ll be surprised how many new outfits you can come up with.

 

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The High-Waist Pant

A great pair of statement pants can transform your office style, turning your classic crew neck knits and simplest heels into a power look that demands attention. We especially love a high-waisted, wide-leg silhouette because it skims curves in a super flattering—and also office-appropriate—way. Have sexy after-work plans? Swap your shirt out for a slinky tank and leather jacket and you’re ready for dinner and drinks.

 

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The Layering Cami

Whether you’re wearing a suit, a blazer, or a knit cardigan, a delicate cami is a great layering piece for your office looks. But you knew that. What you might not know (or have tried) is making that foundational item the boldest part of your look. A pop of vertical stripes under a solid color blazer? Nothing is cooler. If your office is denim-friendly, complete the look with high-waist jeans and heels. Boom (That’s the sound of you crushing casual Friday.)

 

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The Shirt Dress

We love a one-and-done shirt dress any day of the week, but at 6am on a Monday the ease is especially sweet. When it’s warm outside, styling the striped staple is easy-peasy. Just add loafers and lipstick and go. For these colder months, try wearing one over a turtleneck and thick knit tights for a mod spin that’ll also keep you warm. Pop on loafers or boots of just about any variety. In a pinch, even snow boots work. (Just keep some flats under your office desk for that 10am meeting.)

 

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The Femme Blouse

For those days when a button-down doesn’t have enough oomph, we partial to a striped blouse with a jaunty zip or collar in its place. Pair the top with slouchy chinos for a mix of masculine and feminine sensibilities, or wear it with your leanest, highest rise pants to accentuate the proportions even more. Either way, all eyes will be on you. P.S. It’s totally OK if you’re not even remotely as sweet as you look.