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Make it work for work: Plaid

We’re making a case for plaid in the workplace. Rediscovered and reinvigorated by emerging and established designers alike, the punk-spirit pattern adds playfulness to somber office essentials like blazers and pencil skirts. Check out the new pieces you need in your 9-to-5 wardrobe…

Hone an hourglass silhouette by adding a waist-cinching belt over your blazer

The blazer

If you only buy one plaid piece this season, make it this one. Classic workwear combinations such as wide-leg pants and a cashmere sweater are enlivened by the addition of a tailored blazer; finish a modern look with sculptural mules. On desk-to-dinner Fridays, pair it with frayed jeans, stiletto sandals and a waist-cinching belt.

Check separates

If you like to keep your workwear look fuss-free, you’ll love the prim femininity of a plaid pencil skirt. If you prefer to push the envelope at the office, try deconstructed tailoring or voluminous paper-bag pants. But whatever you choose for the bottom half, balance it on top with slimline knits and crisp cotton shirts.

At Balenciaga SS18, oversized shirts put a masculine twist on ladylike check skirts
Reinvent the Prince of Wales check with a few modern flourishes, as seen at Tibi SS18

A plaid suit

This season, the Prince of Wales check suit, a cornerstone of the corporate closet, is a certifiable fashion hero. Wear yours with a T-shirt and bright white boots, and you have a decidedly modern, infinitely wearable look. From mini skirt suits to ’70s-style pants, experiment with different silhouettes and power shoulders.

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