There’s no doubt that the past year and a half has changed our collective perception of what “dressing for the office” even looks like. Though many of us are still working from home, office life (and the subsequent happy hours and team bonding events) is slowly picking up again, which means you might be in need of some easy work outfit ideas to make the transition a little easier.
The good news is that work fashion is in its element during fall. Fun layers, warm color palettes, super-chic dresses, chunky cardigans – there are so many styles and trends to play with. So no matter what your work situation looks like right now, you have a ton of options!
Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite fall work outfit ideas that will make getting dressed a breeze. 9-to-5 you has never looked more chic.
Working From the Office
Outfit Formula: Pant Suit + Metallic Accessories + Sleek Bag
Returning to the office doesn’t just mean in-person meetings and team lunches – it’s also an opportunity to show off a whole new work wardrobe. Whether you’re back only a few days a week or full-time, a simple work outfit idea for mornings where you’re rushing out the door will make your life a whole lot easier. May we suggest opting for a versatile pant suit? Matching sets are a fail-proof way to look put-together with little actual effort. Add just the right amount of polish with your accessories and you’re ready to take on the boardroom!
Working from Home
Outfit Formula: Statement Blazer + Classic Top + Forgiving Bottoms
With the nature of video calls being up close and personal, we suggest gravitating towards a work outfit that leaves you feeling your most comfortable (while obviously maintaining a level of professionalism). Make flowing silhouettes and cozy fabrics your go-to. Culottes or knit skirts are a great option for bottoms since they allow for some wiggle room. Opt for a blazer in a fun print, an oversized silhouette or accented with chic metallic hardware to infuse some personality into your look. The effort is minimal, but the result packs some serious punch.
Meeting up (After) Office Hours
Outfit Formula: Bold Statement Piece + Neutral Accents + Structured Bag
Whether you’re heading to a networking event or catching up with coworkers at a happy hour, the key to mastering desk-to-drinks dressing is opting for a transitional hero piece. A top, dress or jumpsuit with a hint of flare will help you avoid the post-work outfit change. Swap your classic pencil skirt for an edgy faux leather option. Spruce up your standard work dress with bold prints like plaid or paisley. Once you have the base of your look sorted, then you can have some fun with your accessories.