It's 90s degrees out but don't sweat it. I know summer can leave you with limited options to dress professionally or modestly for work. I used to think white top and black bottom is the only wardrobe option for summer work attire until I discovered the beauty of patterns.
I'm lucky enough to work in an office that allow me to dress casually but that's not always the case for most professional workplace. The quickest way to perk up the standard slack is to simply replace solids with patterns.
Let me show you how it's done!
White top and black bottom is standard office outfit formula. Notice how the outfits on the right have more personality? Mixing a solid and pattern is easy but there are some rules to keep. If you take a closer look stripe skirt on the left is paired with a white top while the stripe skirt on right is paired with a black top.
Reason: Left skirt is more neutral, so you can go with a dark or light top but white is more refreshing. Left skirt has more blacks, so pairing it with a black top (dominant color) keeps the sophisticated style.
Patterns for Beginners:
1. If the bottom is darker, go with a lighter top for a casual style.
2. There should be one merging color from two pieces.
Notice the one of the blue florals is in the same color range as the chambray blue bottom?
3. For color full patterns pair them with neutral colors!
4. Don't be afraid to experiment!
I'm thinking about starting a summer series on patterns just for fun. Let me if you want to be tagged or untagged! :D
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