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The Fashion Memo

The workwear update: A cardigan

Not only is this clever layer your secret weapon when it comes to nailing tricky trans-seasonal style, it’s also a sure-fire way to add a little personality to your 9-5 wardrobe. Here’s how to wear it now…

Featuring: Bottega Veneta, Matthew Adams, Y-Project FW18

Clash textures

A silk slip dress may not seem like an obvious office choice, but when paired with Acne Studios’ longline cardigan, these touch-me textures become the picture of demure, daytime elegance. Finish with classic point-toe pumps and chunky gold hoops by day, switching in velvet platform shoes and statement earrings to make the desk-to-dinner transition.

Layer it

The secret to nailing trans-seasonal style – and getting the better of shoddy office air-conditioning – is clever layering. A neutral shirt and pants provide the perfect base, then deploy Ganni’s ribbed knit for a soft touch and Balenciaga’s tailored blazer for a dose of executive realness.

    Callahan oversized ribbed-knit cardigan
  • Balenciaga
    Checked wool-blend blazer
  • Equipment
    Signature washed-silk shirt
  • Joseph
    Rone wool-gabardine wide-leg pants

Dress up

Give your work wardrobe a vintage feel with Gucci’s collegiate-style cardigan. Pair it with a chic pencil skirt, luxe leather bag and ladylike pearl jewels.

  • Gucci
    Intarsia wool and alpaca-blend cardigan
  • Alighieri
    The Remedy Chapter i gold-plated pearl necklace
  • Joseph
    Fluted wool midi skirt

Go big

Put a new-season spin on the two-piece by forgoing a blazer in favor of a sumptuous knit. Nili Lotan’s cashmere cardigan and Casasola’s high-waisted pants demonstrate power and polish.

Be playful

There’s no reason to veto directional cuts, joyful prints and quirky designs when it comes to dressing for the office. With her off-kilter take on the cardigan, Rejina Pyo proves there’s no reason you can’t smash the glass ceiling in style. Add straight-leg pants and leopard-print boots for a distinctive take.

    Ella off-the-shoulder cotton-trimmed ribbed-knit cardigan
  • Totême
    Noma wool-blend straight-leg pants
  • Wandler
    Corsa leather tote
  • Malone Souliers by Roy Luwolt
    Jordan leopard-print calf hair and leather ankle boots

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