One thing I will not miss about pre-pandemic life is the black tailored skirt, that boring workhorse that made 9-5 dressing less of a chore. Practical in every sense, from matches-everything black to goes-with everything loose tailoring, it was a necessary but ultimately unfun staple. Good riddance. Even if your work schedule is not hybrid, you can still dress the part, which means dressed up for work and dressed down for weekend are no longer opposite poles of our closets.
The pieces that hold together the modern blendy, blurry wardrobe need to be both fun and sophisticated. Sophisticated enough to uplevel a weekend pair of jeans and playful enough to liven up a boring Zoom meeting. One of these unlikely new wardrobe heroes is the feminine, colorful, maybe print, silk button-down. Wear it out at night with wide-legged trousers, in summer with high waisted shorts and strappy sandals and on conference calls under a blazer. Here, our favorite picks for the new wardrobe hero: Button-down blouses with fun details, bright colors, sweet patterns and not-so-subtle prints.