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January is already dismal enough without going incognito in all black everything. The fastest way to banish the gloom? A popping jade suit with contrasting monochrome stripes, bringing the insta-bold to your life. The best part is, as it’s a two-piecer, the styling options are endless: whether you’re going blazer, pants, or wearing it the way nature intended (together, obviously)...

Model wearing a striped suit

Model wearing a red jumper and green suit

Working 9-5

If your Mon-Fri gig involves working in a creative industry, you get a little more leeway with your office gear. And while that translates as going casj most days of the week, every so often you deserve a chic tailored glow-up. This is where the striped two-piece comes in. Bold is better so clash up the color with a red turtleneck underneath the blazer, then turn up the retro vibe with bright white accessories — think a leather backpack and pointed boots. Finish with gold accessories to up the glam factor.

Model wearing green striped trousers and trench coat

Model wearing a white logo tee

Weekend way

January + the weekend = comfort, comfort, comfort (are we right?). But on the days when trackies just won’t cut it, it’s all about the flowy striped wide-leg pants to add some relaxed Scandi-cool. Build on the comfy theme by tucking in a classic white logo tee and adding an oversized trench coat for that '80s Say Anything vibe. Finish with some chunky technical sneakers and you’ve got all-day Saturday stamina.

Model wearing a blazer and jeans

Model wearing a leather hat and blazer

Pictures: Miles Drury

Dress up, get down

And for your night-out looks? A tailored blazer is so right for smartening up your fancier get-ups. Layer it over a retro polka-dot top for a statement print clash, but balance out the noise with some simple wide-leg frayed denim. Then, to seal the dance-floor-ready deal: XXL disco hoops and a pair of loud pink sock boots. If you're looking to amp up the texture, finish with a leather beret for a hint of Grace Jones. So good.