Patch Things Up

Update your spring work wardrobe with pieces that blend different patterns and textures

A shirt jacket—think of it as a heavier button-up—works in place of a blazer at casual offices.

From left: Wallace & Barnes chore coat, $218; Paul Smith crewneck, $240; Theory Zaine pant, $195

Valentino silk blazer, $2,290; Warby Parker Haskell glasses, $95; Turnbull & Asser shirt, $425; Burberry London lapis tie, $165; A.P.C. raw new standard jeans, $185; Jack Erwin Archie loafer, $195


The stripe goes across the front, too.

From left: Michael Bastian Southwest chest stripe shirt, $475; J.Crew tapered trouser, $95; Givenchy silver chronograph watch, $1,100.

The Generic Man academy shoes, $350; Boss virgin wool pants, $325


Because you wear a raincoat less often, go bold with the color.

From left: Band of Outsiders pocket patch anorak, $1,900; Paul Smith London shirt, $290; Incotex trousers, $205 

Junya Watanabe denim patchwork jacket, $1,045; Kiton pants, $1,411 


It’s a pocket, but better not to use it. Always tuck in the shirt, though.

From left: Miu Miu skirt, $1,760, and belt, $305; Rodebjer Centauress shirt, $265; Marc by Marc Jacobs watch, $225

Marc by Marc Jacobs patch shirt, $238; J.Crew shiny leather pants, $895; Jennifer Fisher small bar earrings, $210; Arme De L’Amour bracelets, $300 for set


Most denim makers currently offer patchy styles like this—they flatter in both skinny and wider “boyfriend” cuts.

From left: J.Crew floral short, $198; Tod’s denim blazer, $1,345; Equipment silk blouse, $218; Michael Kors watch, $250

Baldwin patchwork jeans, $286; Belstaff Maxem long trench, $1,450; Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps, $675


Wear an ankle-skimming dress with block heels for a professional take on the maxi.

From left: Dries Van Noten Damara Des B dress, $1,580; Cartier light pink handbag, $2,530; Paul Smith shoes, $980; Nixon small Kensington watch, $175

Paul Andrew x Tanya Taylor block heels, $895 

Market Editor: Shibon Kennedy; Photographer: Adam Kremer for Bloomberg Businessweek; Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Garcia
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