BEAUTY IN THE FRIDGE

Is Soft Tailoring the New Power Suit? (Also, What Is Soft Tailoring, Exactly?)

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Some prepandemic routines have been easy to slip back into: seeing friends (safely!), coordinating school schedules, sweating it out somewhere other than your living room floor. Others, like piecing together an appropriate work outfit after a year and a half of pants-optional? Not so easy. For us, the key to success hinges on soft tailoring—smart silhouettes that hang beautifully off the body without relying on excessive lining, padding, or seaming. So for those of you returning to in-person work soon, may we suggest the below?

woman in white dress

DRESS CODE

Minimize the number of styling moves required to get out the door with a shirtdress, in either breezy stripes or solid hues. Seal the deal with simple jewelry, braided sandals, and a camel-colored bag that can accommodate your laptop and a packed lunch.

ESSE DRESS, goop, $611


  1. Studio Nicholson shirt dres

    Studio Nicholson
    shirtdress
    goop, $595

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  2. Alex Mill dress

    Alex Mill
    dress
    goop, $178

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  3. Co Dress

    Co
    Dress
    goop, $625

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  4. Wear It With


  5. G. Label Emily Yellow Gold and pavé split earrings

    G. Label
    Emily Yellow Gold
    and pavé split earrings

    goop, $895

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  6. Aesther Ekme Handbag

    Aesther Ekme
    Handbag
    goop, $647

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  7. Hereu Sandals

    Hereu
    Sandals
    goop, $500

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woman in cardigan and skirt

  1. Co Sweater

    Co
    Sweater
    goop, $695

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  2. Ciao Lucia Skirt

    Ciao Lucia
    Skirt
    goop, $295

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  3. Joos Tricot Crewneck

    Joos Tricot
    Crewneck
    goop, $295

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  4. Nili Lotan pants

    Nili Lotan
    pants
    goop, $450

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  5. G. Label AmyLee chunky puff-sleeve sweater

    G. Label
    AmyLee chunky
    puff-sleeve sweater

    goop, $595

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  6. G. Label Wayne Boxe

    G. Label
    Wayne Boxer Shorts
    goop, $295

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  7. Wear It With


  8. Ariel Gordon Bracelet

    Ariel Gordon
    Bracelet
    goop, $825

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  9. Loewe Shoulder Bag

    Loewe
    Shoulder Bag
    Matchesfashion, $3,650

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  10. Ganni Sneakers

    Ganni
    Sneakers
    goop, $345

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woman in white NILI LOTAN SHIRT

A SHIRT THING

These detail-oriented blouses—note the pin-tuck pleats, eyelet ruffles, and utility pockets—are buttoned-up in the best way. Cotton-linen culottes and leather accessories keep the look laid-back; it’s an equation so effortless, you’ll have it working weekends, too.

NILI LOTAN SHIRT, goop, $350


  1. Xirena Shirt

    Xirena
    Shirt
    goop, $187

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  2. G. Label Blau Butto

    G. Label
    Blau Button-Up Top
    goop, $425

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  3. Nili Lotan Shirt

    Nili Lotan
    Shirt
    goop, $295

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  4. Wear It With


  5. Demellier Bucket Bag

    DeMellier
    Bucket Bag
    goop, $370

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  6. Apiece Apart Culottes

    Apiece Apart
    Culottes
    goop, $295

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  7. Hereu Sandals

    Hereu
    Sandals
    goop, $500

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woman in blue cami with white trousers and woman in white blouse and trousers

PLEATS ADVISE

Between the wide-leg silhouettes and detailed pleating, the work pant 2.0 is sharper than ever. Tuck in a tank or a tonal top to highlight your natural waistline, then wrap a cashmere sweater around your shoulders in case of overzealous AC.

LEFT: G. LABEL Kerith Thin-Strap Camisole, goop, $275;
G. LABEL HENRY CROPPED PLEAT-FRONT PANTS, goop, $495;
RIGHT: STUDIO NICHOLSON SHIRT, goop, $455;
STUDIO NICHOLSON TROUSERS, goop, $525;
HEREU SANDALS, goop, $500

  1. Wear It With


  2. Marlo Laz Necklace

    Marlo Laz
    Necklace
    goop, $2,600

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  3. Co Sweater

    Co
    Sweater
    goop, $695

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  4. JW Anderson loafers

    JW Anderson
    loafers
    goop, $595

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We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.

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