What To Wear To Score A Raise At Work

Set on working your way to the corner office? We’re sure you already possess a winning combination of strong work ethic and innovative ideas, but your wardrobe has to be up to par too. Finding an outfit that shows off your stylish side (crop tops need not apply), follows the office dress code, and impresses upper management can be incredibly tricky. 

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    And considering that we face this challenge five days a week, we could all use a little help! To this end, we’ve culled a collection of impressive outfit ideas and shopping items that just may help you rise through the ranks.  

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    PHOTO: Timur/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

    Miranda Kerr

    If denim is allowed at your office (lucky you!), take note of how Kerr paired her Frame Denim jeans with workwear staples like classic Manolo Blahnik pumps and a Stella McCartney blazer.

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    PHOTO: Vanessa Jackman

    Sabrina Meijer of After Drk

    Turn up the volume on a black and white outfit by mixing patterns and prints. 

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Victoria Sekrier

    The stylist has a knack for mixing prints, and her demure silhouettes (crewneck sweater, pencil skirt, and low heel) lend her ensemble here an office appropriate vibe.

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    PHOTO: Rob Kim/Getty Images for Badgley Mischka

    Jaime Chung

    A conservative workplace demands covering up, but there are still incredibly chic ways to do it. At the Badgley Mischka store opening in New York, Chung struck a modest-meets-modern balance in her peplum dress by the designer and studded Alice + Olivia pumps.

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Tine

    An exaggerated pilgrim loafer in burgundy adds a punch of personality to a turtleneck and polka dot skirt.

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Taylor Tomasi Hill

    The reigning street style queen shows us how to temper the seriousness of a sharp suit with a relaxed tee and statement heels. 

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    PHOTO: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

    Rashida Jones

    Office attire doesn’t have to mean trousers and blazers. Take a cue from the Parks And Recreation star’s feminine look at the Proenza Schouler S/S 14 show and opt for a printed cap-sleeve dress and pumps (both by the New York label).

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    PHOTO: Imax Tree

    Doina Ciobanu of The Golden Diamonds

    The bold pairing of leopard print and vibrant army green takes a ladylike turn with modest lines. 

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Ellen Claesson of Bubbleroom

    Beware overthinking your workplace wardrobe: an unfussy combination of monochrome classics can feel utterly sophisticated.

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    Kate Spade New York Metro Round Goldtone Watch ($195)

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    By Malene Birger Bianta Printed Crepe Dress ($425)

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    Coach Zayley Heel ($198)

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    Madewell Hidden Buckle Belt ($48) in Dusty Burgundy

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    Vanessa Bruno Cotton-Poplin Tuxedo Shirt ($385)

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    Dries Van Noten Tie-Dye Ponyhair Table Case ($740)

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    Bing Bang NYC Crystal Shard Studs ($55) in Silver

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Blazer With Imitation Leather Piping

Blazer With Imitation Leather Piping

Zara, $90
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Metro Round Goldtone Watch

Metro Round Goldtone Watch

Kate Spade New York, $195
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Bianta Printed Crepe Dress

Bianta Printed Crepe Dress

By Malene Birger, $425
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Leather Bag With Front Strap

Leather Bag With Front Strap

ASOS, $89
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Collection Café Capri In Tattersall

Collection Café Capri In Tattersall

J.Crew, $288
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Zayley Heel

Zayley Heel

Coach, $198
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Hidden Buckle Belt

Hidden Buckle Belt

Madewell, $48
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Cotton-Poplin Tuxedo Shirt

Cotton-Poplin Tuxedo Shirt

Vanessa Bruno, $385
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Tie-Dye Ponyhair Tablet Case

Tie-Dye Ponyhair Tablet Case

Dries Van Noten, $740
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Cobra Jacquard Pencil Skirt

Cobra Jacquard Pencil Skirt

Tibi, $375
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Crystal Shard Studs

Crystal Shard Studs

Bing Bang NYC, $55
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Camel Lapel Long Sleeve Slim Pockets Blazer

Camel Lapel Long Sleeve Slim Pockets Blazer

SheInside, $36
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Le Skinny De Jeanne

Le Skinny De Jeanne

Frame Denim, $189
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BB Pearly Patent Pump

BB Pearly Patent Pump

Manolo Blahnik, $595
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Runway Peplum Dress

Runway Peplum Dress

Badgley Mischka, $385
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Drixa Strappy d'Orsay Pumps

Drixa Strappy d'Orsay Pumps

alice + olivia, $495
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