Let’s face it: “work wear” and “stylish” have not always been synonymous. Muttering the phrase “work clothes” conjures up images of nylons, button-down shirts, and ill-fitting pants-suits—not exactly what you want to be wearing, ever.
But guess what? It doesn’t have to be that way. With just a few great pieces, you can put together outfits that are both office-appropriate and on-trend—and that you’ll actually be excited about wearing! Check out these four looks, each centered around a trend we love and perfectly tailored to fit the working gal’s wardrobe.
1. Color Blocking
Color blocking is everywhere this season—and last season, and next season, and probably the one after that. It’s a bold statement, but the key to making color blocks wearable for work is choosing highly saturated colors with no print, and breaking up the outfit with one or more neutral touches. And, of course, wearing it with confidence!
2. Pretty Pastels
The spring season has seen a resurgence of delicate pastel hues—sea foam greens and soft lavenders are all over the fashion blogosphere, and we couldn’t be happier! Pick a couple of soft, classic, feminine pieces, and then add a tougher accessory (like a motorcycle jacket) to balance out all that sweetness.
We’re sure you’ve noticed that neon is (and has been) in for a couple of seasons now. We love these loud shades, but in the office, it’s best to use them as pops of color rather than your canvas. Choose fun accessories in hot pink or yellow and then pair them with neutrals like this beige dress to give the look a sophisticated feel.
4. Ultra-Ladylike Silhouettes
We’ve been loving the return of the simple ladylike silhouettes of the Mad Men era. They’re a bit on the conservative side, so what better place to wear them than to the office? Choose a dress that’s fitted on top with a higher neckline and fuller skirt. Add a metal or lace collar and ladylike shoes to add extra femininity, but keep the look modern with contemporary accessories and a menswear-inspired piece like an oversized blazer.