How to Step Up Your 9-To-5 Office Look

Five days out of the week, every woman asks herself, “What should I wear to work?” If the tired question sounds familiar, you’re not alone. After all, it’s not easy putting together outfits that are subtle enough for a professional environment, yet stylish enough to stand out and make a positive impression. To inspire your workwear wardrobe this week, we have 11 tips for you to keep in mind the next time you’re scrambling for a killer office-ready outfit. 

Scroll though to take your 9-to-5 look from mediocre to major! 

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    Test out a printed pencil skirt.

    PHOTO: Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21ème

    Swap out your simple black pencil skirt for one with an interesting print or design. The slimming silhouette flatters all body types and it’s a timeless workwear staple. 

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    Reach for the right essentials.

    Blazers, midi skirts, and pointed-toe shoes always ensure a perfectly polished and HR-approved look. 

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    Select a sleek office bag.

    A briefcase, office carryall, or whatever you’d like to call it is the ultimate working woman’s accessory. It’s an investment piece, so take your time and make sure you select an option you love since you’ll carry it five out of seven days of the week

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    Play with a pop of color.

    To stand out at the office (in a good way), style a bright pair of pants with a crisp button-down blouse. Adding color is an easy, eye-catching way to update your outfit.

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    Add simple accessories.

    Less is more when it comes to accessorizing at the office. If you’re looking to add a little sparkle to your look, try layering dainty necklaces or rings. Wearing a signature watch is also a stylish way to accessorize on the clock. 

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    Leave it to the loafers.

    The masculine-inspired flats are a stylish way to dress up a laid-back look, while still remaining professional. 

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    Balance girly-girl and masculine vibes.

    Save a super-girly look for after-hours occasions. Instead, balance a fun and feminine top with dark, tailored trousers for instant sophistication. 

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    Dress down an evening skirt.

    Maximize your wardrobe and turn a fancy evening skirt into a causal office look by pairing it with an oversized, slouchy sweater. 

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    Belt it.

    If your outfit needs an extra dash of polish, try adding a sleek leather belt. The minor accessory will do wonders for your outfit! 

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    Balance work and play clothing.

    PHOTO: The Styleograph

    Layering a lightweight trench coat over your go-to little black dress is a resourceful way to style the clothes you already own. Plus, it’s a perennially classic outfit combo. 

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    Master a monochrome look.

    Dressing in one color from head to toe doesn’t have to be boring. If you’re opting for a monochromatic outfit, use sneaky styling tricks, like draping a sweater over your shoulders or mixing different fabrics and textures, to ensure an interesting ensemble. 

    Are you in a work wardrobe rut? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

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