How to Style Spring’s Biggest Trends for the Office

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We readily admit that unless you work in a fashion office, it can be hard (and sometimes downright impossible) to make spring and summer trends appropriate for your 9-to-5. Flirty short dresses and barely there sandals just don't translate themselves as seamlessly into corporate life as their counterpart of-the-moment fall and winter pieces do. 

That all said—where would we be without embracing a sartorial challenge? As the 15 outfits below attest, there definitely are ways to rock tie-dye or clashing prints in a way that won't raise the eyebrows of your company's HR department. We'd suggest taking each of these outfits as a jumping-off point and then amping them up or dialing them back as you feel appropriate for your line of work. After all, a neon tie-dye long sleeve may fly in a creative agency, but we'd suggest going for a subtle button-down version of the trend piece if you work in a more formal environment. So keep reading to discover just how fashion girls are rocking the season's biggest trends for work and shop our favorite pieces to pick up for an office-wardrobe refresh. 

1980s Tailoring

When it comes to incorporating spring trends into your work wardrobe, this is a super-easy place to start. To keep things from looking too power suit-y, go for soft colors and textures. 

Though you may not have a retro Western-inspired suit on hand, this outfit is a good jumping-off point. Pair a cowboy print shirt with a muted green suit for a look that is perfectly '80s-meets–Wild West (and that is HR approved). 

Slip Skirts

Tone down a slinky slip skirt's femininity with a meetings-ready blazer and a boxy graphic tee. 

If you stick to already office-friendly prints like plaids and checks, you can pull off an outfit full of pattern clashing without raising any red flags from HR. 

New Neutrals

A head-to-toe brown suit doesn't look so corporate when you go for a fluid silhouette and stompy sneakers (though you can swap in heels if you can't get away with kicks in your office).

Make slime green appropriate for even the most conservative offices by going for a pair of sharp trousers in the bold hue. Add in a classic button-down and some gold earrings, and you'll be ready for anything your boss throws at you. 

White Boots

White boots are a no-brainer for nearly all spring work outfits. We're partial to slipping on a pair to ground a floaty wrap dress—and protect you against the office AC.

Hair Clips

Tone down the teenybopper vibes of this season's chunky hair clip trend by pairing yours with a C-suite-inspired blazer and neural trousers. 

In case you haven't caught on, nearly any trend can make a great spring office outfit when you throw on a blazer. Retro sneakers are no exception.

Pleated Skirts

This season, the typically sweet pleated midi skirt has gotten an edgy upgrade thanks to electric patterns and animal prints. For a creative office, pair yours with a clashing tie-dye tee, or go for a solid blouse if your office is a little bit more buttoned up. 

Patterned Pants

This trend is another no-brainer when it comes to spring office outfits. Keep a classic pair of trousers feeling fresh with an oversize check pattern, simple T-shirt, and ladylike bag.

Tie-Dye

Tie-dye is easier than you think to rock at the office. Go for a button-down with a more subdued tie-dye pattern (styled under a suit) for a more formal environment, or temper the free-flowing pattern with rigid jeans.

Split-Hem Trousers

Split-hem trousers are an easy way to add a bit of edge to your 9-to-5, and we love how they look when paired with bold florals. 

Though certainly not for wallflowers, there are plenty of HR-approved ways to rock zebra at the office this season. A pretty shirtdress and bold blazer are just two of our faves.