8 Ways to Update Your Work Wardrobe

When you don’t have a work uniform in your office, waking up in the morning to go to work probably means just heading straight to your wardrobe and grabbing the usual blouse and a pair of trousers or skirt without thinking how polished it will look. If you’re already tired wearing the same boring outfits to the office, revamping your style may be the best thing to do so.

  1. Spice up your simple outfit with a colorful scarf or a touch-enticing shawl.

ivory culottes with white top and chic scarf shawl with structured dress and boots silk scarf with a pastel dress

The perfect scarf brings light to your face and adds some interest to your simple outfit, but make sure to choose it in a color that suits your skin and brings out your eyes. Fashion blogger Mary Orton opted for a silk scarf in creative prints and vivid colors that revamped her simple work outfit into a fashion-forward one. If you’re not a fan of colors, then simply opt for a touch-enticing shawl made from cashmere, as well as with fringe details to refresh your simple and muted dress.

  1. Wear color-coordinated and matching accessories.

orange bag and leather gloves with office outfit

shawl with office outfit nude dress with chic necklace and printed shoes

If your conservative workplace strictly calls for a pair of black pumps, then match the rest of your accessories like your bag with your leather gloves, as well as the color of your necklace with the color of your belt. This way, you’ll still look coordinated and fashion-forward. If you’re working in a creative office environment, opting for a pair of printed shoes to match with the prints of your may be fashionable too.

  1. Go for a bright color.

lime green silk track pants with blazer pink and blue outfit with boots red sheath dress with scarf and black pumps

Even if your work environment is quite strict, it does not mean you should always wear the same classic colors such as black, grey or navy. However, be careful wearing neon colors as it can be perceived as a lack of seriousness in a business environment. Red, cobalt blue, purple, lime green, and even some unexpected color combination may work with some creative offices. Keep the rest of the outfit really neutral in colors and, if your workplace is really formal, opt for pastel colors instead to keep your looks professional.

  1. Contrast textures on your monochromatic outfit.

black dress with leather jacket cobalt blue dress with coat pleated-silk-culottes with sweater and scarf

Don’t always go for the same old boring materials and textures especially when you’re wearing a monochromatic outfit. If your working environment is quite strict, you can just go for a different trimming on the collar, the sleeves, or the hemline. Wearing lace with chiffon, leather with wool, knits with neoprene can make your office outfit fresh without wearing on bright shades. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, you may opt for a structured and conservative style of leather jacket to revamp your little black dress.

  1. Wear a matching set.

blue top and skirt with jacket plaid outfit with blazer sheath dress with blazer red suit with black top

A matching set of blouse and skirt or blouse and pants give some fresh look to your typical office style. Just go for subdued colors and muted prints that will keep your looks professional and smart. Save your novelty ensembles on your casual street looks and stick to classic pieces that look elegant and chic. When wearing a matching set, keep in mind that crop tops with baring midriffs are out of the equation. Blouses with decent necklines and conservative sleeves, as well as knee-length skirts or below, can be your options.

  1. Add a printed or bold-colored blazer.

blue blazer with straight leg pants floral blazer with black culottes quilted blue jacket with skinny pants red blazer with checkered shirt and pencil skirt

A blazer is a feminine staple item that every woman should own in her wardrobe as it can be worn with almost anything, from a pencil skirt or some formal pants for work or a pair of skinny jeans for a casual day out. Like Mary Orton, opt for a floral blazer to add some feminine touch to your classic black-and-white outfit. Just save those sequin blazers and metallic ones for holiday parties and festive occasions.

  1. Add some interest with subtle patterns and prints.

nautical chic outfit printed pants with sleek coat striped top with blazer and pants striped top with burgundy blazer and pants

Wearing patterns and prints can be a great means to look creative in your workplace. However, no matter how trendy and fashionable mixing prints are, just save them for your casual street style as it doesn’t look professional and smart in the business setting. Instead, stick to the traditional rule of wearing your printed pieces with plain ones.

  1. Creatively layer your ensembles for an unexpected look.

skinny pants with layered top collared top with pastel dress

Wearing layers can be challenging especially in the workplace as looking bulky and sloppy will just take away the professional look in you. So, just go for elegant and sleek pieces that you’re going to wear and keep the layers lightweight and crisp. Limit your layers up to three pieces to avoid looking sloppy. A button-down shirt with a dress or a chic blouse with a vest and blazer may be enough to look stylish and fashionable.

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