While it may seem that life is at a standstill due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are slowly but surely getting back to normal. More and more companies are asking for their employees to come back to their physical office, to get employees back to the “old normal” and to foster a sense of community between team members again.
But since we have all been working from home for the past six months in pajamas, leggings, and sweatpants, it’s all too easy to forget how to dress professionally for the office! Here are some outfit ideas to inspire you for your back-to-the-office shopping spree.
Invest in accessories.
Any outfit, from sloppy sweatshirts to a dress suit can be instantly enhanced with fantastic quality accessories. You’ll want to choose something timeless like a watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre, as these timepieces will not go out of style any time soon. The best part about investing in a watch is that you will always need it, and when you choose one in a neutral silver, gold, or platinum, it will match every single outfit you have.
Have a good stockpile of office basics.
The basics of officewear are relatively simple; straight lines, tailored clothes, and neutral colors. While it can be fun to add a pop of color now and then, having a good stockpile of office basics such as blazers, pencil skirts, a good leather handbag, pumps, and button-down shirts will set your closet up for success no matter what trends are in. Plus, pairing these classic basics together makes for a very easy time getting dressed in the morning!
Monochromatic makes everything easier.
Style icons in the 1980s had something good going for them—outfits that matched from head to toe. Luckily, this trend is coming back, making it easy for you to feel creative with your outfit choices while not breaking the bank. Best of all, the trend is exceptionally easy to do, all you need is to match your top and bottoms and add a sleek pair of shoes or boots in a complementing color.
Afraid to try this out? Dip your toe in the monochromatic trend by choosing double denim; a chambray top with dark denim bottom works wonders for any silhouette.
Bring flannel to the table with statement pieces.
Fall is the time for flannel to make its appearance, but it is oh so easy to have your flannel go overboard. So instead, choose statement pieces like blazers, purses, or scarves in a flannel print and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Our favorite combo includes a flannel blazer, a white t-shirt, and slim black pants. You’ll want to make the flannel the centerpiece, so lay off the accessories as well.
Don’t forget your jeans.
With the pandemic changing everything about how we work, chances are, your dress code may be a bit more toned-down now that you’re returning to the office. Jeans are not only exceptionally versatile, they are very easy to tailor and can look dressed up in a matter of seconds. And don’t be afraid to experiment with some cuts that you may not be used to, such as a boyfriend, flare, or slim cut. Skinny, or cropped, as different cuts of jeans can add so much personality to your outfit. Just choose a neutral dark wash and you’ll be sure to have a flattering outfit in a matter of seconds.
Sure, going back to work will put a wrench in our rolling out of bed and getting to work within a matter of seconds habit. But now that you’re headed into the office, you can at least be excited about all the new outfit inspiration you have for this fall! Happy shopping!
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