9 Unborning Work Outfits

Believe it or not, clothes that are office-appropriate and super stylish do exist. Break up your button-down-and-black-pants routine with these easy-to-pull-off outfit ideas.

From Glamour Magazine.

Bring the party (skirt) to the office. There is a way to make a poufy, festive skirt like this one work for the office: Just stick to dark or neutral colors, skip the accessories and opt for no-nonsense flats instead of heels. This toned-down version ensures you’ll look ready for work—not like you’re headed to (or hungover from) a rager.

Bring the party skirt to the office.

Invest in a few “I overslept but don’t want anyone to know I got dressed in five minutes” dresses. Like hitting the snooze button? (We do too.) If you’re not a morning person, consider investing in a few printed shift dresses. Bold enough not to need any other accessories and pretty enough to wear solo, patterned numbers make getting dressed in the morning super speedy. Just grab a pair of heels, zip up and go!

I overslept dresses

Flirt with vintage styles. Who isn’t obsessed with Mad Men-era styles these days? Going full-on retro might not fit with everyone’s idea of a corporate dress code, but you can’t go wrong with a classic A-line and a dapper printed cardigan like Jennifer Garner’s.

Flirt with vintage styles.

Upgrade your LBD. Chances are you already have a sizable LBD collection, but if you’re in the market for a new Monday-through-Friday go-to frock, make it a dark textured one with a wide belt, like Sienna Miller’s. A subtle pattern and a cinched waist makes it look a little extra dressy.

Upgrade your LBD

Get a grown-up jacket. Nothing downgrades a sophisticated skirts-and-heels outfit like an outdoorsy jacket. Save the bright nylon coat for your next hike. Instead, slip on a tailored coat—like Jessica Alba’s shiny trench—when you’re headed to work.

Get a grown-up jacket.

Try tailored pieces in light hues. Suits do not have to be black, brown or navy. A tailored look in another neutral—like tan, gray or white—makes a powerful statement in pulled-together-ness.

Try tailored pieces in light hues.

Go for a conservative cut when amping up the color. Want to wear brights at the office? Great! Just make sure you’re not showing too much skin. Actress Melissa George found the perfect fix with her crimson long-sleeve dress.

Conservative cut

Look smart with a bookish bag. A serious-looking bag in a somber hue has a way of making boldly printed dresses seem like a smart idea. Plus, if it works for lawyer Miranda Hobbs, it’s worth a try, right?

Bookish bag

Swap out the blazer for a sweater. Soften up a skirt suit by wearing a matching cardigan instead of a blazer. It’ll look just as polished but won’t make you seem overdressed, like you’re sneaking out of the office for a job interview. (And if you are, that’s OK—and good luck!)

Swap out the blazer for a sweater

March 28, 2011. March.

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