Get A Promotion This Year: Work Outfits That'll Impress Your Boss

Let’s be clear: we’re not saying a standout blazer or a killer pair of heels will directly translate to a bump in your pay scale. However, we do believe that the right workplace wardrobe will increase your confidence, elevate how others see you, and make you look the part of upper management. And, hey, it can’t hurt, right?

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    Check out our tips for stylish, HR-approved combinations that are sure to make you feel like a total boss.

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    Caroline Issa

    When experimenting with prints, keep the color palette limited to ensure a professional effect.

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    Shiona Turini

    Mules feel like a fresh alternative to a traditional pump—just make sure they are closed-toe for stricter dress codes.

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    Kate Lanphear

    Make a suit feel more modern with mismatched separates.

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    A flouncy skirt is made office-ready with the addition of a smart jacket and classic black pumps.

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    Is “quirky” not a dirty word where you work? Try mixing patterns, like checks and stripes, in classic cuts.

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    Anne-Laure Mais of Adenorah

    When it comes to patterns, a grid print feels fresher than plaid, yet is still workplace-appropriate.

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    You can wear that statement sweatshirt to work, just pair it with understated basics like a pair of cropped trousers.

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    Berta Bernad of Berta Bernad

    Add instant polish to any outfit with a menswear-inspired, camel coat.

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    Sara of Collage Vintage

    Red exudes confidence and power—never a bad thing in the workplace.

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    Daria Strokous

    If heels aren’t your thing, Oxfords are the smartest flat choice.

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    Kate Davidson Hudson

    You can get away with wearing a sleeveless blouse in a conservative office environment by topping it with a classic blazer.

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    Laura Stoloff

    Inject a little edge to your ensemble with a biker jacket. 

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    Natasha Goldenberg

    Wondering how to dress up your basic black trousers? Consider a top with minimalist origami detailing.

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    Nicole Warne

    In a creative office, liven up preppy staples with a pair of statement heels.

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    Rila Fukushima

    A wrap blazer offers a stylish upgrade from the typical button version. 

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    Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What

    If jeans are allowed at your workplace, pair them with professional staples, like a long blazer and mid-heel pumps. 

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    Sarah Rutson

    Never underestimate the power of a statement necklace and a bold bag to perk up your 9-to-5 uniform.

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    Maja Wyh of Majawyh

    The skirt silhouette du jour? A hem that hits mid-calf with a slim cut. 

     

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    Etoile Isabel Marant Gabe Tweed Blazer ($525)

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    Topshop Leather Pencil Skirt ($190)

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    Dolce Vita Kana Leather Pumps ($111) in Olive

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    J.Crew Collection Café Silk-Jacquard Capri Pants ($200)

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    Meredith Hahn Maren Cuff ($225)

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    Equipment Margaux Striped Cotton Shirt ($190)

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    Uniform Wares 152 PVD Rose Gold & Walnut Watch ($354)

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Gabe Tweed Blazer

Gabe Tweed Blazer

Etoile Isabel Marant, $525
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Kana Leather Pumps

Kana Leather Pumps

Dolce Vita, $111
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Café Silk-Jacquard Capri Pants

Café Silk-Jacquard Capri Pants

J.Crew Collection, $200
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Maren Cuff

Maren Cuff

Meredith Hahn, $225
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Grey High Neck Sleeveless Dipped Hem Sweater

Grey High Neck Sleeveless Dipped Hem Sweater

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Miranda Large Colorblock Calfskin Tote

Miranda Large Colorblock Calfskin Tote

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Margaux Striped Cotton Shirt

Margaux Striped Cotton Shirt

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152 PVD Rose Gold & Walnut Watch

152 PVD Rose Gold & Walnut Watch

Uniform Wares, $354
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Leather Pencil Skirt

Topshop, $190
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