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Yes, you can wear a sweatshirt to the office

Deborah Baic / The Globe and Mail/Deborah Baic / The Globe and Mail

No longer for off-duty hours or workouts alone, the sweatshirt is being styled for dressier occasions this season. Carefully eschewing any Flashdance references, designers showed the classic comfort piece paired with tailored trousers and sharp skirts instead of sloppy separates. How to take it deskside without looking like a maniac? Read on.

1. It's obvious that you can't wear a sweatshirt with shorts or track pants at work. But this piece, as seen on the Marc Jacobs runway, is refined and neutral enough to wear with trousers or a pencil skirt.

2. To avoid looking like Jennifer Beals in the 1980s, keep your references modern. Infusing your look with this spring's signature patterns, such as ikat or florals, will keep it up to date.

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3. Go for polish with your hairstyle, makeup and accessories to counteract the casual. It's almost time for skin and sandals, but make sure the latter are appropriate (read: no flip-flops).

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