With casual Fridays, after-work drinks and the subtle decline of dress codes, it’s harder and harder to know exactly what attire is work-appropriate. When it comes to business wear, surely every office is different, but I find these versatile picks work for almost any workplace. Also, as the weather slowly starts to heat up, it’s time to switch to lighter fabrics and brighter colors that can get the job done easily!
1. Striped Blouse with Floral Embroidery from LEELIN
I’ve never been a fan of the workplace staple that is the striped shirt, but this polished yet playful version has changed my mind. Subtle embroidery throughout and ruffled cuffs give it unexpected street cred. It goes well with sleek pants for a conservative finish as well as studded accessories for a night out.
2. Gingham Skirt with Ruffled Details from migunstyle
The classic gingham print is a perennial favorite, and this playful pattern has popped up in many retailers this season. This slightly flirty but totally practical gingham skirt easily takes you from desk to dinner.
3. Cropped Dress Pants in Millennial Pink from J-ANN
With cute pale-pink pants like these I’ll never have to walk around in those stiff suit pants. This cropped pair is still cool enough to wear with a light ribbed sweater these days, but I can see it pairing up nicely with a silk cami when the temps get higher.
4. Little White Dress from CHERRYKOKO
The trusty neutral-colored dress is essentially a pre-made outfit for work. Just add a blazer and flats and I’m good to go. And this all-white, fitted version has everything: a simple cut, lightweight and breathable construction, and subtle yet chic embellishments that take it up a notch.
5. Longline Vest with Pointed Lapels from Lemite
A little white dress sets the foundation, and adding a tailored vest takes the look to the next level. This dark-hued topper is a starter piece to style up your workwear. The neutral palette, sharp tailoring and longline silhouette are all versatile elements to play with. You’ll want to keep wearing this comes fall!
6. Printed Blouse with Mandarin Collar from LEELIN
For the days when a plain button-down feels just a little too buttoned down, blouses like this one are needed to make me look less boring and feel more pulled together. So thoroughly versatile, it will pair well with crop pants, skirts, jeans, and anything else you got laying around.
7. Cable Knit Cardigan from STYLEBYYAM
It’s tempting to wear a hoodie at your desk when the AC is cranking – the office can feel like an ice box sometimes. But don’t! I always prepare myself with an easy cardi like this navy version. The knit pattern pairs well with printed blouses and skinny jeans.
8. Block-Heel Mules from VIVIER
The time has come to replace the ankle boots with something more breathable. These monochrome backless mules, lifted by a sleek block heel, make for the perfect footwear in warmer months. It works as well for the office as for off-duty occasions, adding just the right edge!
9. Buckled Patent Loafers from NIPONJJUYA
Yes, we absolutely can and should wear flats to work especially if the typical workday involves laboring and walking around! Keep your footwear elevated with sophisticated embellishments. If your office looks are more understated, these glossy loafers with an oversized buckle are a great way to dress it up.
10. Minimalistic Faux Leather Tote from DABAGIRL
Carrying your laptop with a canvas shopper bag isn’t exactly the best look to walk into a meeting. Stick to a beautiful tote that is roomy enough to hold all the essentials and gadgets for these work days. This minimalist faux leather tote is all you need. It’s born to hang out with crisp blouse and cigarette pants.