Getting dressed for work shouldn’t be a bore, especially when you love, love, love fashion. Those that work in a creative field naturally have a little more flexibility with their wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean you’re relegated to wearing a black skirt + kitten heels every day if you’re in a corporate office. Have a few traditional foundation pieces for sure, but know that you can also play around with color, trends, and textures without breaking the dress code.
If you’re interested in livening up the classic work wear pieces you already have your closet, I’ve compiled a few career-perfect options you can swap out to help you switch up your look.
Shake Up Your Basics
Striped tops are wardrobe staples. This season, a version with flutter sleeves will feel fresh and offer a sweet update to your usual style. Tuck it into high-waist trousers and add slim gold-hoop earrings for instant chicness.
Say It With Color
Despite what you may think, anyone can pull off bold color combinations. What’s more, wearing bright shades can promote confidence and improve your mood. Try it in a midi skirt or soft cashmere sweater. What girl wouldn’t like an extra pep in her step?
Swap Out Your Suit
A full-length, well-tailored jumpsuit can be just as professional as a dress or a suit. If you have a strict dress code, then top off sleeveless versions with lightweight cardigans or jackets. Finish the look with a great pair of heels.
Go Trendy With Accessories
Instead of filling your closet with clothing that you’ll wear only once, stick to classic blouses, skirts, and trousers, and elevate them with fun accessories, like a leopard clutch. Trendy shoes and handbags make great conversation starters and will work to give you an edge.
Love Thy Leather
You don’t need to save your leather pieces for off-the clock outings. Leather pencil skirts, for instance, will still work in the boardroom. They’re flattering on most body types and pair beautifully with silk blouses, or your favorite fitted tops and a blazer. Killer heels are a must.
Upgrade your LBD
A little white dress offers just as much versatility as your must-have LBD. Wear one alone or with a brightly patterned blazer, and add statement heels. However you wear it, this piece will instantly add a modern vibe to your wardrobe and will transition easily for cocktail hour.
Trade Trousers for Culottes
Culottes, which work best with silk tanks and graphic-print blouses, have been making a comeback for the past few seasons. Score a few styles, but be mindful of their length—they should hit well above your ankles so they don’t look like too-short pants. Anchor them with heels to make your legs look long and lean.