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How to pull off: the printed jean (Chris Young/The Globe and Mail)
How to pull off: the printed jean (Chris Young/The Globe and Mail)

Rock the printed jean while you work Add to ...

The practice of wearing denim to work has come a long way since the dot-com-bubble days, when Silicon Valley popularized the idea of business casual in the form of schlubby jeans and a polo shirt. Today, office-appropriate denim is far more tailored, refined and indeed ever-evolving: Witness the ubiquitous printed jean. Whether floral-patterned, leopard-print, tie-dye or covered in abstract geometrics, the options for summer (and the workplace) are as endless as the World Wide Web itself. Here’s how to narrow them down.

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1. Neon tie-dye animal prints might be appropriate for teenagers (or Dina Lohan),but not for the office-bound woman. Instead, opt for a restrained, sophisticated graphic pattern such as the one shown here.

2. On the runway this spring, Alexander Wang paired printed jeans with a top in the same flamboyant fabric. For a less extreme approach to pattern clashing, try a subdued polka-dot button-down or blouse. As a rule, keep the colour scheme consistent for top and pants.

3. Make sure the jean is tailored like a trouser – slim and structured – and avoid cuts that are too tight or baggy, especially in a professional setting. Choose a dressier flat or structured heel– not sneakers – to complete the look.

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