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?
Keep scrolling for your Monday-to-Friday guide on what to wear to work.
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. Opt for an oversized blazer and wide leg fit trousers and pair with a white tee and white boots if you're in a more relaxed office environment.
Style Notes: Make the most of the lingering summer by embracing everything your summer dress collection has to offer. This yellow tweed number from Sister Jane is perfect for the office, and balances formality with a little fashionable flair. We love how Freddie Harrel has styled her with a pair of colour-match slip-on heels.
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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.
Style Notes: This pairing might seem simple, but it's our go-to when we want a classically chic yet not overly corporate outfit—also, perfectly tailored trousers the wardrobe staple that never ages. Need to look a little smarter? Simply add a blazer and statement earrings.
Style Notes: At most offices Friday is an opportunity to dress down, however most people like to keep some semblance of smartness. We're taking our cues from Lotte William's floral dress, oversized blazer and sneakers look, which is fun and fashionable yet still feels pulled-together.
This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.