Tackling the season's It trends is tricky enough all on its own, but throw an office dress code into the mix and things can get confusing real fast. Trends are often intended to make a statement, whereas what you wear to work requires a certain amount of polish and professionalism. Still, dressing like the boss you are doesn't have to be boring; in fact, incorporating the right trends in a tasteful way is sure to get you noticed (and that's a good thing).
To help you nail office dressing this season, we rounded up six easy trends you can work into your work wardrobe. Then, we shopped each one out for you so you can give them a spin on an upcoming Monday when you need a little extra boost. Our one suggestion: Unless you're in a super-relaxed or creative environment, steer clear of fishnets or any other street style look that lends itself more to off-duty dressing.
Read on to check out the six must-wear trends for the offices and to pick out a little something for yourself!
Elevated Track Pants
While track pants may have once been reserved for, you guessed it, the track, these days there are plenty of athletic-inspired styles that are still sophisticated enough for the office. Look for pants in a simple black or navy with side striping detail, and then add heels and a simple blouse or sweater.
The power suit is back, but if a head-to-toe look is too much for you, try mixing things up. Style a strong-shouldered blazer with skinny jeans or black trousers. Or wear printed pants with something more subtle on top.
Leopard print can feel a little loud for more professional office settings, but sticking to a coat makes it easy to pull the trend off. You can hang it up for big meetings but bring it back out to wear while you go to grab lunch.
Statement earrings may be bold, but they don't have to feel overpowering. Style them with soft neutrals: whites, grays, blacks, and nudes. That way, your jewelry will stand out—in a good way.
This season, it's all about the statement sleeve. While some styles go all out—think ribbons, ties, and tons of ruffles—at the office, a pared-down version of this look works especially well. Look for a slight bell or exaggerated sleeve, and then style it with a pencil skirt or your favorite work pants.
White shoes may seem intimidating (how do you keep them clean?), but they make a great style for when you spend most of your day at your desk.