5 Work Outfits for the Conservative Office

Every industry, and every office for that matter, has its own set of styles mores. But for women in more conservative industries, it can be especially tricky to navigate the line between fashion-forward and work-appropriate. Here's the good news: Buttoned-up doesn't have to leave you feeling blah. Finding ways to add pops of color, new textures, and modern twists on classic office ensembles ensure that even if suits and heels are a requirement, there's no need to feel like you're stuck in the same old same old. 

Below, we're highlighting five fresh outfits we love right now, all of which are ideal for women who work in offices where sneakers or T-shirts won't fly (even on the most casual of Fridays). From the ideal power meeting look to a polished way to wear jeans, we covered the basics for anyone in need of a little inspiration. Check out the five outfit ideas below, and shop pieces to help you nail these 9-to-5 looks too. 

Coat + Skirt + Lace-Up Boots


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If a midi skirt and long-sleeve top are your go-tos, consider mixing things up by swapping in unexpected (but still polished) details. Instead of a neutral coat, try one in a pretty pink hue. Then, swap your regular heels or ankle boots for ones with a lace-up detail. If you're feeling especially daring, finish the look by cinching the coat with a belt. 

Colorful Trousers + Coordinated Top + White Boots


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Intimidated to try bold hues at the office? Try tailored pieces in reds and blues, power colors that command attention without feeling too loud. Finish the look off with a pair of white heels or ankle boots for a fashion-forward twist that still looks put-together.

Button-Down + Denim + Metallic Shoes


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While jeans may be a total no-go in some conservative offices, for those who can break them out on casual Friday, our tip is to keep the rest of your look ultra-professional. Opt for jeans that are in a darker wash with more of a structured fit. Then, try a printed blouse, structured blazer or coat, and a pair of classic shoes in a metallic. 

Suit + Turtleneck + Pumps


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Right now, there's nothing cooler than a coordinated suit. For a modern spin on the classic office style, try a new silhouette, fabric, or even color palate. Then, opt for a top in a coordinated color and finish with two-tone pumps.

Dress + Blazer + Boots


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Make the most of pieces you already have in your closet by mixing and matching them in unexpected ways. Give a spring dress an office-appropriate twist by styling it with buttoned-up pieces like a turtleneck, blazer, and tall black boots. Finish with a ladylike bag, and you'll be ready to stand out (in a good way) in every meeting you have coming up. 

Aemilia Madden