And considering that we face this challenge five days a week, we could all use a little help! To this end, we’ve culled a collection of impressive outfit ideas and shopping items that just may help you rise through the ranks.
Sabrina Meijer of After Drk
Turn up the volume on a black and white outfit by mixing patterns and prints.
The stylist has a knack for mixing prints, and her demure silhouettes (crewneck sweater, pencil skirt, and low heel) lend her ensemble here an office appropriate vibe.
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A conservative workplace demands covering up, but there are still incredibly chic ways to do it. At the Badgley Mischka store opening in New York, Chung struck a modest-meets-modern balance in her peplum dress by the designer and studded Alice + Olivia pumps.
An exaggerated pilgrim loafer in burgundy adds a punch of personality to a turtleneck and polka dot skirt.
Taylor Tomasi Hill
The reigning street style queen shows us how to temper the seriousness of a sharp suit with a relaxed tee and statement heels.
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Office attire doesn’t have to mean trousers and blazers. Take a cue from the Parks And Recreation star’s feminine look at the Proenza Schouler S/S 14 show and opt for a printed cap-sleeve dress and pumps (both by the New York label).
Doina Ciobanu of The Golden Diamonds
The bold pairing of leopard print and vibrant army green takes a ladylike turn with modest lines.
Ellen Claesson of Bubbleroom
Beware overthinking your workplace wardrobe: an unfussy combination of monochrome classics can feel utterly sophisticated.
Zara Blazer With Imitation Leather Piping ($90)
Kate Spade New York Metro Round Goldtone Watch ($195)
By Malene Birger Bianta Printed Crepe Dress ($425)
ASOS Leather Bag With Front Strap ($89)
J.Crew Collection Café Capri In Tattersall ($288)
Coach Zayley Heel ($198)
Madewell Hidden Buckle Belt ($48) in Dusty Burgundy
Vanessa Bruno Cotton-Poplin Tuxedo Shirt ($385)
Dries Van Noten Tie-Dye Ponyhair Table Case ($740)
Tibi Cobra Jacquard Pencil Skirt ($375)
Bing Bang NYC Crystal Shard Studs ($55) in Silver
SheInside Camel Lapel Long Sleeve Slim Pockets Blazer ($36)