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.

Naughty-cal

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 (Macys.com, $96) and pair it with a 3/4 sleeve black-and-white striped shirt (H&M, $17) Make it profesh with a neutral blazer (Amazon.com, $21), clever red patent flats (Nine West, $69) and a carry-all navy tote (6PM.com, $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 (ModCloth.com, $25) and a kelly-green midi skirt (DorothyPerkins.com, $39). Pull it all together with a cobalt-blue blazer (StylishPlus.com, $49), funky geometric pumps (CharlotteRusse.com, $21) and a produce-picking tote (NeedSupply.com, $48).

Weekend waves

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

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