Fact: it doesn’t have to be a suit to be suitable for work. Navigating office dress codes can be tricky, but keep these tips in mind and you’ll leave a lasting impression every day of the week.
Breathe new life into your standby black blazer by adding trousers with an of-the-moment print and a neckerchief knotted tightly around the neck. The result is unexpected, yet still professional.
BLK DNM Blazer 6 ($695) in Navy Blue Pinstripe; Madewell Linen New York New York Tee Shirt ($42) in Grey; Rag & Bone Easier Pants ($350) in Multicolor Digi Houndstooth Print; The Elder Statesman Pashmina Hankerchief ($295) in Red/Black; TL 180 Reporteur Purse ($685); Annelise Michelson Thorny Ring ($250) in Burgundy; Annelise Michelson Double Thorns Ring ($300, similar style here) in Burgundy; See By Chloe Mary Jane Pumps ($320) in Nero
Get more mileage out of your favorite dress by styling it under a chic sweater. For post-work cocktails, ditch the layers and grab a chic clutch and gloves.
Burberry Brit Wool Blend Crew Neck Sweater ($495) in Camel; Rachel Comey Terrain Medina Dress ($426, similar style here) in Khaki; SVEE Infinity Scarf ($165, 347.294.0194 or email@example.com ) in Grey; Mawi Earrings ($441); Ann Taylor Varick Tassel Leather Gloves ($80) in Black; BCBGMaxazria Harlow Envelope Clutch ($88) in Black; Isa Tapia Angelina Pumps ($650) in Black/Black.
Prove you're the lady in charge by trying a riff on the ‘80s power suit. A printed blouse and cropped trousers ensure a modern take on the look, while a bright scarf offers the perfect pop of color.
Band of Outsiders Peak Shoulder DB Jacket ($1,245) in Grey; Tibi Polka Dot Peekaboo Top ($265); Band of Outsiders Cuffed Pants ($495) in Grey; Echo Plated Muffler ($88) in Citron; Eddie Borgo Helix Link Necklace ($500); Fendi Mini Be Baguette Bag ($1,350) in Taupe; Bottega Veneta Goatskin Ankle Boots ($950) in Petale.
Yes, you can make a mini skirt office appropriate. The key here is proportions. Balance the leggy silhouette on bottom with a more conservative turtleneck sweater on top. A low, ladylike heel helps ground the whole look.
House of Harlow 1960 Chelsea Sunglasses ($138); Topshop Light Boyfriend Throw on Coat ($170, similar style here) in Multicolor; ICB Anti Pilling Merino Lambswool Turtleneck ($275, similar style here) in Blanc; Pipergore Joey Skirt ($98, similar style here) in Cream; BCBG Skinny Twist Lock Waist Belt ($58) in White; Dr. Martens Small Suitcase Bag ($255) in Cherry Red; Repetto Mary Jane Tina Ankle Strap Heels ($467) in Metallic Patent Leather.
If you’re going to go the jeans route on Casual Friday, make sure to elevate the rest of your look. That means: add a prim cardigan, feminine blouse, structured bag, and heels.
Dear Creatures Chrissie Cardigan ($85); Equipment Riley Tee Shirt ($188) in Black Dot Foil Print; Levi's Made & Crafted Marker Jeans ($179, 323.651.3662) in Fresca; (similar belt: ASOS Bow Belt with Metal Plate Waist Detail ($14) in Black); Mulberry Large Bayswater Shoulder Bag ($2,600) in Black Grainy Calf; Alice + Olivia Dina Optic Snake Print Leather Heels ($295) in Black/White.