Welcome to the next installment of Making It Work, a series of features about styling unusual or distinctive pieces in an office-appropriate way. Today's look features brightly colored trousers: a wardrobe item I was slow to embrace, but have come to rely on for work outfits.
Of course, you can pair brightly colored trousers with neutrals, but that only serves to emphasize them more. I absolutely loved how pairing a bright tribal print top with my raspberry chinos almost cast them in the role of the neutral.
I've re-created that idea here, with a bold print blouse in an unexpected palette. I liked the way the print hints at, without actually matching, the shade of the trousers.
This chocolate brown obi belt helps pull the look together a bit and keep it from looking too casual. Tossing a cream or tan blazer over the blouse would be a good option for cooler weather (or a more formal office environment).
When it comes to shoes, I always try to resist the urge to go all matchy-matchy, and bring something different to the outfit. I love flats or booties with skinny trousers – heels always make me feel like I'm trying too hard.
And the outfit gets finished off with this simple pale pink envelope clutch, which is a nod back at the motif of the blouse. I chose to go without jewelry for this look because the top speaks for itself, but I would probably add gold earrings if I were wearing this.
What do you think — would you wear this look (or similar)? Is it too "out there" for your workplace? How would you style a brightly colored trouser for the office?