6 Fall Office Outfit Ideas from Mary Orton

Dressing for the office this fall may be challenging as you would like to look professional, stylish, and season-appropriate. Mind behind the Memorandum blog, Mary Orton is a style blogger known for her professional, feminine, and stylish office looks incorporating some major trends on her street looks. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to update your office looks, keep on reading to get some clues from Mary.

  1. Add some polish to your office outfits with vests.

culottes with camel long vest

forest green dress with fur vest

Whether you’re working in a casual or creative office, vests can add some polish to your looks. Like Mary, make your feminine dress office-appropriate by teaming it with a fur vest, or your boxy culottes with a long camel vest. This way, you’ll look more professional while making your creative pieces work in the workplace.

  1. Go for a sweater and button-down shirt combination.

collared shirt with lace blouse and capri pants collared shirt with sweater and accordion skirt

If you find a button-down shirt and blazer combination too corporate, then go for a chic sweater or blouse that you can wear on top of your collared top. Depending on the style of your sweater, you’ll look sleek or sloppy so only go for well-fitted silhouettes and save those oversized tops on your weekend. Like Mary, go for a lace blouse that will look feminine with a button down shirt teamed with Capri pants.

  1. Wear your long sleeved tops with office dresses.

navy sheath dress with button down shirt white blouse with pink dress and classic pumps

If you want to make your stylish layers work in the office, go for a long sleeved top and a knee-length dress. Like Mary, you may go for a lightweight blouse this fall as long as you’ll wear it with a dress with heavier fabric. Or, make your sleeved sheath dresses work with a button-down shirt by going for a slim-fit on your shirt’s sleeves so you’ll look sleek. Just add an interesting necklace to pull your layered outfits together like Mary did.

  1. Trade your classic office skirts with leather skirts and suede skirts.

burgundy leather skirt with white top suede skirt with boho chic blouse

Since it’s a bit colder in the fall season, it’s time to go thick on your fabrics. If you usually wear lace skirts with your office blouses, then it’s time to trade them with suede or leather skirts that will keep you more season appropriate. Just go for neat and sleek styles on your skirts as leather is known for urban style while suede in a retro style that won’t look appropriate in the office when overdone. Like Mary, go for a leather skirt in a pencil cut and burgundy shade that still look professional and chic.

  1. Add some flair to your office looks with scarves or shawls.

belted shawl with office outfit fall office outfit with burgundy shawl

Stylish and functional, scarves and shawls can spice up your overall outfit as long as you know how to style them. Like Mary, you may drape it on your shoulders just like a blouse and belt it with your shirt. Or, simply wrap it around your neck that will keep you warm while adding a pop of color to your all black outfit.

  1. Go for a sweater and skirt combination.

gray skirt with fitted sweater and belt geometric print sweater with hot pink skirt and suede boots

If you’re not a fan of layers but find your office blouse too light for the cold season, then go for a sweater and skirt combination. Just be mindful of the dress code in your workplace so you’ll always look fashionable, professional, and season-appropriate.

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