The fine print

Dress up business attire with patterned accents for understated chic.

Every season, the fashion landscape brims with stylish offerings, made all the more enticing by eye-catching textures and fanciful prints. From polka dot to tartan to nautical stripes, there is no shortage of elegant patterns to pair with other patterns or more muted pieces of clothing. But how can you introduce these eclectic prints into your business wardrobe while remaining appropriately dressed for the office? It's all in the details. Below, we bring you five textured items — two for women and three for men — to help you cut a distinctly smart and trendy figure this season.

A centrepiece divided: When paired with simple black pumps, nude tights and a navy blue blazer, not only is this eye-catching slate-and-stripes number office appropriate, but it packs a stylish punch. What's more, it perfectly transitions from day to night. Judith & Charles Ophelie Dress, $365, at and select retailers.

Striped for time: A textured tie and an intricate pocket square aren't the only fashion accessories that can elevate a man's look. A unique timepiece with a striking band, such as this gray tweed watch, adds a singular touch to the standard business suit. Timex Modern Originals Watch, $85, at

A watch

Garden bouquet: A pocket square adds panache to customary business attire. Opt for one with a timeless print, such as this paisley number, which goes well with a dark gray sports jacket. Ted Baker London Faubor Pocket Square, $45, at Ted Baker London at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Toronto), and at

A panache

Wrapped in arabesque: Something as simple as a piece of jewelry, in an elegant and feminine pattern such as arabesque, instantly lends sophistication to a minimalist style. Pair this sterling silver accessory with a neutral dress or soft-hued ensemble to make it pop. Thomas Sabo Bangle, $794, at


Spotted: How to make the perennial suit your own? A distinctly embellished tie works wonders. Sport this navy spotted proposition with either a crisp white shirt or one in a matching colour. Ted Baker London Eveye Tie, $95, at Ted Baker London at Yorkdale Shopping Centre (Toronto) and at

A tie

About the Author

Katia Jean Paul

Katia Jean Paul is a freelance writer based in Montreal.

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