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 shoes” 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 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 to see six what to wear to work outfits that fashion girls always come back to.
Style Notes: Suits are commonplace in the office, but seeing as we’re entering the summer months, we suggest switching it up with a short suit instead. Naturally, we’re not talking hot pants. Simply keep the hemline the same length as the shortest skirt you’re comfortable wearing in front of your colleagues and you won’t put a foot wrong.
Style Notes: Printed trousers can work even in the most corporate of offices when it’s balanced out with a crisp white blouse; Zimmermann’s button-up style is professional and stylish in equal measure. For added luxe, slip on a pair of camel-hued pumps.
Style Notes: The perfect workwear hybrid, a shirtdress will always look the professional part, particularly when it features a below-the-knee hemline. Stick to a demure, A-line silhouette to afford you the chance to wear it with a pair of directional shoes. We highly recommend leopard print.
Style Notes: If you’re contasntly dashing to and from meetings, then a chic cover-up is essential, as is a carry-all tote. Cue this John Lewis & Partners trench which boasts beautiful gathered cuffs and this sleek Nico Giani bag that’s roomy enough to hold a small laptop.
Style Notes: Every fashion girl knows that a co-ord not only looks effortlessly cool, but it will save you precious minutes in your morning routine that you usually devote to outfit planning. Keep your accessories pared-back and classic for a professional finish.