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

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

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?

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

Studio Nicholson
shirtdress
goop, $595
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Alex Mill
dress
goop, $178
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Co
Dress
goop, $625
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Wear It With

G. Label
Emily Yellow Gold
and pavé split earrings

goop, $895
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Aesther Ekme
Handbag
goop, $647
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Hereu
Sandals
goop, $500
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SOFT SKILLS

Sure, wearing silk pj’s all day might be a weekends-only indulgence from now on, but that doesn’t mean the material is off-limits: Approximate the comfort of your favorite set with a slip skirt (or trousers, or boxer shorts) plus a sumptuous knit on top.

G. LABEL Hill Ribbed Puff-Sleeve Cardigan, goop, $595;
LEE MATHEWS SKIRT, goop, $360;
A EMERY SANDALS, goop, $190

Co
Sweater
goop, $695
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Ciao Lucia
Skirt
goop, $295
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Joos Tricot
Crewneck
goop, $295
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Nili Lotan
pants
goop, $450
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G. Label
AmyLee chunky
puff-sleeve sweater

goop, $595
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G. Label
Wayne Boxer Shorts
goop, $295
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Wear It With

Ariel Gordon
Bracelet
goop, $825
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Loewe
Shoulder Bag
Matchesfashion, $3,650
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Ganni
Sneakers
goop, $345
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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

Xirena
Shirt
goop, $187
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G. Label
Blau Button-Up Top
goop, $425
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Nili Lotan
Shirt
goop, $295
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Wear It With

DeMellier
Bucket Bag
goop, $370
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Apiece Apart
Culottes
goop, $295
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Hereu
Sandals
goop, $500
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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

Wear It With

Marlo Laz
Necklace
goop, $2,600
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Co
Sweater
goop, $695
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JW Anderson
loafers
goop, $595
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