How to Look Put Together and Polished in a Casual Office

While meeting a good friend for coffee one weekday morning, I was suddenly (and noticeably) taken aback by her choice in casual office outfit—think: college sweatshirt, jeggings, and T-strap Birkenstocks. She then explained to me that at her work (a predominately male tech startup consisting of only about 10 employees), the dress code was pretty much “no dress code.” While some people might thrill at the idea of being able to wear whatever they want to work, my friend shared her frustration. After all, there’s something to be said for how looking put-together can positively affect your attitude and mindset. For my friend, the tricky part has been figuring out how to strike a balance between looking polished and stylish, while still maintaining that not “trying too hard” vibe. So today’s story is for anyone in the same boat.

Scroll through to see and shop six casual office outfits that still look way polished.

1. Belted Blazer + Skinny Jeans + Oxfords

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Song of Style

Available in size 0-6.

Available in sizes 27 to 29.

2. Oversized Blazer + Cropped Jeans + Ankle Boots

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A Love Is Blind

Available in sizes 6 to 10.

3. Printed Coat + White Pants + White Oxfords

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A Love Is Blind

Available in size S to M.

Available in size 23 to 32.

Available in size 35 to 41.

4. Little White Dress + Sandals

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A Love Is Blind

Available in size 34.

5. Striped Shirt + Trench Coat + Jeans + Loafers

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Atlantic-Pacific

Available in size L to XL.

6. Matching Set + Pointed-Toe Flats

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Gary Pepper

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