Every career girl has a streamlined idea of how to dress up for the workplace.
Quite often, it includes a blazer and a skirt or a pair of trousers. There’s nothing wrong with knowing the basics of officewear, but if you depend on that formula too much, you might feel your style is getting boring and unoriginal. Dressing up for the office should be as fun as dressing up for a night out—maybe not as casual, but just as stylish. Switch up your work ensemble with some of these trendy pieces:
1. A Shirtdress
A shirtdress isn’t just a classy date night look—it’s a business casual OOTD that’s perfect for your nine-to-five, too. Opt for a shirtdress made with a breathable and soft fabric to keep you cool during your office commute. If you have striped or printed shirtdresses, you can tone them down with a solid-colored blazer while you’re busy chasing deadlines at the office.
Make it last: To keep your shirtdress from wrinkling, check to see if your washing machine has a steam or vapor care setting. This will help relax the fabric and keep your dress looking soft and fresh.
2. A Longline Vest
There’s no doubt that a blazer is a classic closet staple, but it may not be the best option to wear to the office, especially when you live in a country where the heat and humidity can be downright unforgiving. Opt instead for a longline vest—they can still make you look polished and professional when worn with a long-sleeved top, or fun and trendy when worn with something sleeveless on Casual Fridays.
Make it last: Vests can be made from different kinds of fabric, from thin and flowy to thick and structured. Read the label and wash instructions to know what setting to use in your washing machine, but remember that it’s always safe to wash in cold water on the delicate cycle to prevent damage.
3. A Wrap Top
Is it possible to look sexy while wearing office-appropriate clothes? Answer: Yes. Just like the wrap dress, a wrap top cinches your waist and highlights the natural curves of your body; the only difference is that you’ll need to wear separate bottoms to complete your outfit. A sleek pair of narrow trousers will do the trick and make you look crisp and ready for the morning presentation you’ve been working on for days.
Make it last: If you’ve accidentally gotten food on your top, prevent them from staining your clothes by dealing with it immediately. Soak them right away to remove the stain, or try soaking them in salt and soda water before putting them in the washing machine.
4. A Midi Skirt
Midi skirts are experimental with length, lines, cuts, and styles. They’re the focal point of an entire look, as opposed to the usual knee-length pencil skirt worn as an afterthought. Aside from fashionable, midi skirts are versatile in nature and can be dressed up or down with a long-sleeved turtleneck and ankle booties or with a crop top and a pair of sneakers, respectively.
Make it last: Nothing pops more than a bright midi skirt, so it’s important to take proper care of it so that its color stays vibrant. When washing your clothes, separate brights from neutrals—and if the color stands out on its own, consider washing it by itself. Turn them inside out to avoid rubbing fibers before you put them in the washing machine.
5. A Patterned Suit
While a black blazer and trousers combo may be the most appropriate ensemble to wear at the office, it can look uninspired and boring. If you want to start power dressing, go for a patterned suit. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in either—anyone can respect the sight of a houndstooth, herringbone, or glen plaid suit when it’s thoughtfully matched with a high-neck top and a pair of pointed-toe heels.
Make it last: Blazers can be made using different fabrics, so it’s important to know how to store them so that they maintain their structure. Stiff blazers made from wool or thick linen may be hanged, but for anything more delicate (like silk or cotton), it would be best to fold them neatly and stack them in your drawers.