It can be hard to think about fashion when you’re sitting in a cubicle all day. But just because you work a nine to five doesn’t mean you have to be drab. Work wardrobes are all the rage right now: mixing comfort, professionalism, and fierce fashion. If you’re looking to swap out boring blazers for some chicer options, look no further. And who knows, maybe your new look will catch the eye of the cutie from IT you’ve been drooling over ever since the office holiday party. Or perhaps your new threads will give the confidence you need to finally ask for that promotion you’ve more than earned.
Granny and chunky knits are huge right now, and this trend is particularly perfect for the office. We’ve all worked somewhere that feels like the air conditioning is always set to Siberia. A cute knit sweater can be functional, professional, and fashionable all in one. Also, don’t think that dressing for the job automatically means black or other neutral colors. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your shades. Color blocking is a great and chic way to do this, and so are florals, which are trending right now. A maxi dress with a fun print will have you looking fly and feeling comfortable through even the longest of Mondays.
Athletic wear isn’t just for the gym anymore. Sports fashion is expanding, and the name of the game is comfort. It’s not a good idea to wear sweats or bicycle shorts to your job, but nice tennis shoes, skirts, and polos are totally on the approved list. Or if you’re feeling like dressing to impress, a well tailored suit will never go out of style. Tucking a nice blouse into some slim cut trousers will make you look and feel like a boss. Throw a constructed jacket over it, and you’ve got a look that says you’re going straight to the top.
The important thing about a work wardrobe is to be fearless but also respectful. Sheer shirts are a huge trend right now, but if you don’t want to get a call from the human resources department, you might want to wear a camisole underneath and cover your shoulders. But that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to make a statement. Confidence in the workplace is important, and feeling fashionable will go a long way toward giving you that added boost.