21 Work-Appropriate Outfits That Are the Answer to "I Have Nothing to Wear"

Updated 08/17/18
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There comes a time every season when I look at my closet with utter disinterest. It's not that I churn through fast fashion or am a compulsive shopper; it's that after months of wearing the same office outfit combinations on rotation, my ability to think creatively about those seasonal staples dips to an all-time low. If you're in a similar workwear rut, look to the streets of Copenhagen. The Danish capital recently played host to Copenhagen Fashion Week, where Scandinavian It girls like Pernille Teisbaek and Nina Sandbech took to the cobbled streets in late summer– and fall-inspired wares.

Unlike Paris or New York, Scandinavian street style takes a polished yet laid-back approach to dressing, which makes it a hub for workwear inspiration. From print-on-print layering to front-tied white shirts, these are the looks we'll be copying to cure end-of-summer workwear fatigue.

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Réalisation's The Naomi skirt was one of the most iconic buys of the season. Make it work-appropriate with a shirt and low heels.

The Naomi in Flower Power
Réalisation The Naomi in Flower Power $180
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Available in sizes XXS to XL.

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Knot a classic white shirt at the front and wear it with tailored high-waisted pants to make a closet staple look new. 

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Summer's tie-front top looks demure with wide-leg pants and an understated bucket bag. 

mini Johnny shoulder bag
Danse Lente Mini Johnny Shoulder Bag $379
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Contrast seams continue to dominate. Opt for unexpected color combinations for fall, such as cinnamon and red.

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A belted trench makes any outfit—even one with sneakers—look polished. 

Wren Belted Gabardine Trench Coat
Rejina Pyo Wren Belted Gabardine Trench Coat $980
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Available in sizes S to L.

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Give your go-to silk blouse a new look by styling it with a snake-print skirt.

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Add pops of color via accessories such as this Boyy bag, which was everywhere during Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Boyy Karl 24 Bag $1025
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Two-piece suits are the ultimate confidence booster.

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Streamline your look by forgoing color altogether, and opt for single-hue pieces such as an ivory sweater and skirt.

crew neck sweater
Theory Crew Neck Sweater $435 $261
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Available in sizes M to L.

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Belt bags are here to stay. Make a classic work outfit look a bit more high-fashion with a black leather bag tied around your waist.

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Layer gold necklaces to make a basic top look a bit more luxe. 

Mejuri Aries Necklace $79
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Prefer not to make outfit decisions first thing? A demure jumpsuit will be your lazy-day go-to.

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Wear those white or cream jeans before Labor Day. 

Karolina White Skinny Jeans White 25
Grlfrnd Karolina White Skinny Jeans $228
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Available in sizes 23 to 30.

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Wide-leg jeans were made for casual Friday. Dress them up with a light belted trench.

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Break up your usual black-and-white ensemble with a bright bag.

Double-Breasted Crepe Blazer
Petar Petrov Double-Breasted Crepe Blazer $1220 $366
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Available in French sizes 34 to 44.

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Update a sheer summer dress with ankle boots and bold earrings.

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Give your purse a timely update by carrying it in a transparent tote. Bonus: It's big enough to fit your laptop for work, too.

Clear and Black Shirley PVC and Leather Tote
Staud Clear and Black Shirley PVC and Leather Tote $258
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Not quite ready to commit to the belt-bag trend? Sling it over your shoulder with a blazer and heels to make it look a bit more grown-up.

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Ditch your heels during your walk to work. Finally, comfortable sneakers are in.

Tournament Leather Sneakers
Common Projects Tournament Leather Sneakers $405
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Leopard print is back in a big way. Go all out with a leopard dress, or opt for subtle accessories.

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Pointed-toe heels make any outfit look high-end. These black satin H&M ones are a steal.

H&M Mules $25
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