The rules about what to wear to work have changed—there can be no doubt about that. According to a recent study, 15% of workplaces have now adopted a much more casual approach to dressing for the office. An even more fun fact: In Sweden, many companies have a "no shoe" policy and ask for employees to wear slippers in the workplace. While we're not quite there in terms of sliding into loungewear for typing at the computer, the tide is turning when it comes to having to wear stiff, uncomfortable clothes to work.
Whether that's because of the athleisure trend that allows us to wear tracksuit trousers with heels or the fact that Céline's Phoebe Philo made white trainers smart, there are plenty of new rules when it comes to what to wear at work. With that in mind, we've selected five office-ready outfits that will help you get dressed for a week at work, as well as the key piece that will help change up your workwear and make it feel fresh. Ready for the new office dressing rules?
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Monday non-black suit + bright shirt + smart flats
Style Notes: A black suit isn't fun. It might be practical, but it doesn't allow for much injection of personality. However, if you still need to feel buttoned up and sharp, then a coloured two-piece is a fantastic alternative. Wear in an oversized cut and add a boldly coloured shirt for spark. Pair with a graphic tee and white trainers if you're in a more relaxed office environment.
Tuesday black coat or jacket + maxi dress + boots
Style Notes: An all-black outfit could be on the boring side, but if you take a leaf out of Olivia Palermo's style guide and opt for a black jacket with embellishments, an interesting collar or oversized sleeves, then you've made a classic outfit way more exciting.
Wednesday patterned pencil skirt + shirt
Style Notes: The pencil skirt is a universally flattering piece, so we'd be remiss to ignore its power. For a twist on the old-school favourite, go for one with small style tweaks such as ruffles or in a fashion-forward pattern such as gingham.
Thursday oversized shirt + jeans + smart blazer
Style Notes: There is no escaping the oversized shirt. It is everywhere, and it looks like it plans on staying. If you're worried about it looking sloppy in the workplace, fear not—there are two rules for ensuring this doesn't happen. 1. It has to be ironed to perfection, and 2. wear it with a smart blazer to show it's intentionally oversized.
Friday roll-neck + smart tracksuit trousers
Style Notes: Most workplaces still dress down a bit more on Fridays, so it makes sense to save your tracksuits bottoms for then. Remember: This isn't about looking like you're about to dash to the shops on a Saturday morning. Opt for tailored trousers in luxe fabrics to keep this chic.
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