Pattern-mixing outfits you can wear to the creative office

Jun 28, 2014 at 6:33 p.m. ET
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Somewhere along the line in the evolution of fashion, someone decided that clashing prints weren’t cool. (We blame the matchy-matchy style of the ‘70s.) But those fashion experts were wrong — oh, so wrong — as we've learned from fashion icons like Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and even old-school ladies like Madonna. If you want to look cool and creative you have to take risks, and these office outfits do just that.


Go nautical, even if your office is nowhere by the sea. This outfit gives a nod to sailing culture without venturing into the realm of costume. First, start with these adorable Ralph Lauren trousers (, $96) and pair it with a 3/4 sleeve black-and-white striped shirt (H&M, $17) Make it profesh with a neutral blazer (, $21), clever red patent flats (Nine West, $69) and a carry-all navy tote (, $53).

Fresh from the farm

If you want to look funky and fresh, this is your ensemble. Really, what's fresher than grass green and pineapples? We kicked it up a notch with this too-cute pineapple crop top (, $25) and a kelly-green midi skirt (, $39). Pull it all together with a cobalt-blue blazer (, $49), funky geometric pumps (, $21) and a produce-picking tote (, $48).

Weekend waves

When casual Friday comes around, loose shirts and crops are your friends. This chevron print top (, $39) is just the ticket when paired with figure-flattering cropped trousers (, $98). Top the whole look off with orangey-brown saddle flats (, $35), a corresponding summer striped tote (, $50) and a peach statement necklace (, $20) and you'll look almost as refreshing as the weekend that lies ahead.

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