Picking an outfit for work can be a daunting daily task. During the pandemic, we said goodbye to power suits and pumps, and hello to working from home in sweatpants. But now that we’re back in the office, we have the opportunity to look at our closets with a brand-new set of eyes. If you’re unsure of your office style, don’t panic because style expert Erica Wark is sharing a variety of outfit ideas to get you inspired to look and feel your best at work. Watch the video clip above to learn how to make smart purchases so you can have longevity in your closet and shop the looks below.
This is a great look for casual Fridays. You can’t go wrong with a blazer and a great pair of jeans. Keep it chic and top it with an oversized blazer, and an Oxford-style shirt underneath. Add an oversized tote that will hold everything like your lunch, laptop and water bottle. Finish this casual look off with a classic pair of loafers to keep you comfortable all day long.
SHOP: Single-Breasted Jacket; $59.99 at H&M | Oversized Cotton Shirt; $34.99 at H&M | Midweight Denim High Rise Straight; $149 at Duer | Riona Serena Tote Bag; $89.99 at Bentley | Biglect Loafer; $130 at Aldo
Bring the boss babe energy to the office with this trendy look. The leather pants add a cool girl vibe and pairing it with a warm blazer on top and a chunky knit underneath keeps everything comfortable. Add a pop of colour with a fun backpack like this hands-free option from Lambert (it can be worn as a backpack, a crossbody purse or a handle bag). Throw on a pair of comfy lug-sole boots and you’re ready to take on the day.
SHOP: Hanna Heritage Check Blazer; $159.99 at Ever New | Wilfred Montpellier Waist Turtleneck; $158 at Aritzia | Wilfred The Melina Pant; $148 at Aritzia | The Charlie Money Vegan Leather Handbag; $139.99 at Lambert | Balaraen Chelsea Boot; $160 at Aldo
The key to rocking a suit to work is what you wear with it. We love this berry-coloured suit from Penningtons because it can be worn together or separately, making it a great piece to add to your closet. To keep it casual, pair it with a basic white t-shirt, white sneakers and a cute matching handbag.
SHOP: Double-Breasted Blazer; $149.95 at Penningtons | High-Waisted Tapered Leg Pant with Pleats; $79.95 at Penningtons | Box Crew T-shirt; $48 at Kotn | The Elie 3 in 1 Vegan Leather Handbag; $144.99 at Lambert | Athletic Sneakers; $49.90 at Zara | Glasses; $169 at Oscar Wylee
This is the perfect office dress with just a pop of colour. We love the cozy and stretchy mesh fabric, the long sleeves and the mock neck turtleneck. Keep it comfortable by topping it with a coatigan (a coat and a cardigan mixed) in classic black so you can wear it with everything in your closet. Bring everything together with some great accessories like a chunky belt and a pair of sock boots.
SHOP: Plaid Mesh Turtleneck Dress; $125 at Hilary MacMillan | Ribbed Midi Dress; $95 at Hilary MacMillan | Wilfred Belize Cardigan; $198 at Aritzia | Knot-detail Waist Belt; $19.99 at H&M | bookbag Black; $195 at ai | Heeled Nylon Boots; $59.90 at Zara
If want to elevate your office attire in colder months, adding in a bright-coloured coat is a great place to start. This powdery pink colour is perfect for the fall season and can be worn with anything. Dress up your favourite sweater dress with some patent leather accessories like this mini handle bag and these chic pumps.
This look is all about bold colours. This two-piece cobalt blue set from Zara is great to inject some colour into your wardrobe, but when it’s paired with a bright-coloured coat, it makes the ultimate statement. Keep it fresh with a matching cobalt blue heel and you’ll be the envy of all your office friends.