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With many of us returning to work, it might be time to freshen up our wardrobe for the office. Unfortunately, office wear all too often means boring, ill-fitting pieces. But working in an office doesn’t mean you have to dress in clothes you don’t like. When you feel good about what you’re wearing, your work ethic can be boosted. Let’s take a look at a few trendy outfits that are office-appropriate.
A Maxi Pencil Skirt
A maxi pencil skirt is a perfect example of trendier office attire. It takes the classic pencil skirt silhouette but makes it more fashionable. Pick a solid neutral or a bold print, then pair shoes and a top accordingly.
For instance, if you opt for a neutral, pair it with a button-down oxford and solid neutral pumps. However, if you go bold and bright, pair the skirt with a knotted t-shirt and rolled-up sleeves, then opt for some slip-on mules. Offices are notoriously freezing, so don’t forget a lightweight duster cardigan or denim jacket – these options will keep you warm while keeping your outfit together. Our pick – ASOS DESIGN high waist longerline pencil skirt, $29 (Shop Here).
A jumpsuit is a trendy step above slacks. Again, you have the freedom to play with solids, colors, and prints here.
If you go all solid, have a little fun with your shoe choice by opting for an accent color. If you prefer a jumpsuit with a print, keep that the focal point and go with a solid shoe and solid belt. Our pick -Satin Belted Cowl Neck Wide Leg Jumpsuit, $69.99. (Shop Here).
If slacks are your go-to, step up your game and snag a pair of paperbag pants. It’s best to keep the rest of the outfit simple to keep those precious pleats the focal point. Pair a neutral pair of paperbag pants with a neutral top (monochrome is always chic). You can always get a little crazy with your shoe choice, like a nude stiletto or black pointed-toe pump with an ankle strap. If you long to add more color to this outfit, do so with a pair of statement earrings. Our pick – Reformation Avalon Pant, $178. (Shop Here).
A crop top
A crop top? In the office? Who is she? We aren’t here to offend HR – crop tops can be modest for the office.
Start with a high-waisted trouser, then opt for a crop top that falls below your waistline. Voila – a modest crop top that has taken your outfit to the next level. Have fun with the top, and choose a texture or accent sleeve. You can’t go wrong with a neutral shoe. Pump, flat sandal, pointed-toe flat, or a slip-on mule are all great options depending on the look you’re going for. Our pick – Women’s Pima Boxy Crop Tee, $38. (Shop Here).
Shorts and blazer combo
Shorts might be pushing it for formal office settings, but if your company is cool with modest shorts, try pairing them with a blazer – business on top, party on the bottom.
If denim isn’t quite your thing, you can snag a neutral pair of shorts in navy or black to pair with a blazer. Go monochrome with an allover neutral, or grab a blazer in plaid, houndstooth, or even floral print to jazz up your outfit. Keep your top underneath plain, like a classic v-neck. For shoes, you can’t go wrong with a pointed-toe flat. Our pick – Tailored Bermuda Short, $24.99. (Shop Here).
A midi dress
Dresses in the office always look so chic and put together with minimal effort. A mid-length dress or skirt makes that choice a little trendier. Keep it as neutral as you need to, or pump up the volume with color and prints. To add a little something, find a dress or top with a statement collar, then pair that collar with statement earrings. Just trust us. If it’s a little chilly, opt for long sleeves or a cozy wrap coat for an extra warm, extra chic layer. Keep it neutral with the shoes, so the attention stays on those statement pieces. Our pick – Topshop daisy puff sleeve midi dress in red, $46.70. (Shop Here).