Another day, another outfit to pick out for work. As women who head to the office every day and who are constantly running between meetings, we're always on the lookout for fresh work outfit ideas. That's one of the reasons we look forward to fashion week so much. Aside from the trends gracing the runways, we also get to ook through all of the amazing street style ensembles for a surge of inspiration that helps us experiment and repurpose our wardrobe staples for fresh, on-trend office outfits.
When we asked Who What Wear editor Kristen Nichols to weigh in on the best trends from fashion week to bring into the boardroom, she noted seeing a lot of "plaid, dad sneakers, purple hues, belt bags, textured coats, and colored tights," all of which are definitely worth a try. So whether getting dressed in the morning is the biggest challenge you face all day or it's the highlight, the nine work outfit formulas below will help you maximize your time while also helping you explore some fun new trends.
Puffer Coat + Booties + Maxi Dress
Not only is this the perfect winter outfit to keep you warm while you walk to and from the office, but it also happens to be very on-trend. That's right—Nichols reminds us that "strong coat looks were some of the most fashion-forward moments from NYFW," down coats included.
Trousers + Classic Sweater + Booties
This is an outfit formula you can constantly reinvent with different pieces, and the result will always be the same: easy comfort yet thoroughly put-together. A chain belt can also make all the difference, bringing an outfit from boring to exciting and unexpected.
Cropped Jacket + Turtleneck + Long Skirt
This outfit strikes the perfect balance between fashion-forward and office appropriate, with a mix of classic and modest styles and experimental hues mixed in. But most notably, it features the color of the season: lavender. "We saw hues of lilac and lavender take the runways by storm last season, and it's making a huge statement now on the street style scene," Nichols notes.
Plaid + Solid + Pastel
As Nichols notes, "after the checked blazer craze last fall, the print continues to be popular among the fashion set." Try a bolder, more playful look by opting for plaid pants in a bright hue, and then mix in some pastels. Or go for the power look with a matching plaid suit.
Leather Pants + Sweater + "Dad" Sneakers
If you're someone who sticks to all black all the time, here's how to breathe new life into your favorite noir items. Add some dimension with a pair of patent-leather pants, and then tone down the intensity with a simple sweater. For a runway-ready twist of the comfy and casual variety, experiment with a some "dad" sneakers. "With brands like Balenciaga and Yeezy designing cushioned 'dad' sneakers, it was only a matter of time before they explode. It seems that women are ready to trade out their uncomfortable heels for something more practical," Nichols says.
Fun Sweats + Slacks + Belt Bag
"Thrown over one shoulder across the body or strapped around the waist, belt bags and fanny packs are everywhere," Nichols tells us. We never thought we'd see the day where fanny packs were a coveted item, yet here we are—and we're pretty excited. Belt bags are an incredibly convenient and easy way to keep all your items safe, plus it sends a laid-back message, with fringe details and side ties to echo that sentiment. Paired with pointy black boots that bring in a sharp touch, this work outfit formula is both relaxed and put-together.
Long Coat + Blouse + Embellished Skirt
For the working woman who appreciates sophisticated ensembles with a modern touch, this is the outfit formula for you. Opt for a long, flattering coat over a collared shirt tucked into an embellished pencil skirt. Just add a pair of booties and a structured bag big enough to fit all your business essentials.
Raw-Hem Denim + Oversize Blazer + Kitten Heels
Denim on denim is always a good idea, but if you want to make your ensemble a bit more formal, consider an oversize bright blue blazer in the same wash as your jeans, but made with a more luxe fabric like satin or velvet. Then add a fun touch with sling-back kitten heels. Consider this your new Canadian tux, all dressed up.
Khakis + Loafers + Robe Coat
When you want to roll out of bed and go straight to the office in your pajamas, try this comfortable, cozy, and work-ready look instead. Together, baggy khakis, a cashmere sweater, and loafers boast a preppy energy, yet they're super low-maintenance and easy to throw on. Then drape a robe coat on over your shoulders to finish it off.
Now that you have nine new work outfit formulas under your belt, head to your closet and start experimenting.