Spring won't start until March 2019 and already you find yourself tiring of the cold-weather work clothes you bought back in September. The truth is that it's not always easy to keep our office outfits inspiring, especially when all we want to do is reach for that same cozy black sweater. So how do you breathe new life into your winter work wardrobe?
For starters, focus on interesting details such as a puffy shoulder or oversize buttons. Try a sleek new silhouette like a wide-leg pantsuit. Opt for a pop of bold color (or next season's trending pastels) to pair with your neutrals. To help make your winter wardrobe refresh as effortless as possible, we've rounded up 20 fresh, modern pieces at every price point—they're sure to help you ward off cold-weather fashion fatigue and take you effortlessly into spring.
Here's our winter work wardrobe on a budget.
When it comes to tops, you'll want the classics like a white shirt, cotton T-shirt, and blouse but we also think a few of these need a fresh twist. Look for variations in cut, fit, and fabric to modernize a traditional approach to workwear.
Here's exactly the update your classic white shirt needed. The trendy puff sleeves and varying button sizes have us enamored.
Available in sizes UK6 to UK12.
Trade your classic white T-shirt for one that has detailed sleeves. This will go with everything from pants to skirts and will even look great with shorts on the weekend.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Choose a work shirt out of a different material other than cotton. This chic navy version is designed with satin for a pretty sheen for the office that feels unexpected. Pair this with a sequin skirt after hours.
Available in sizes 0P to 12P.
This top might seem a little extra with the balloon-shaped sleeves, but the black hue keeps it work appropriate. There's something really cool about unique shapes and sleeve details when worn with work slacks and a belt. It's contemporary cool in an effortless way.
Available in sizes 00 to 12.
Thankfully, there are so many varying styles of pants and skirts to wear to the office now. No longer are we limited to the straight black stretch tailored pant (although that will always be a staple), but it is nice to stretch out of that classic look for something that still feels workwear but with a unique take on it.
While we will always love a skinny-leg pant, try this refreshing wide-leg style instead. We love gray for work too. We're calling it the new neutral because it basically goes with everything. It's also an incredibly comfortable style to be wearing if your job requires you to sit for extended periods.
Available in sizes 2 to 16.
A slim-fitting tailored pant is a staple in any work wardrobe. Quite honestly, it's a pant style for all seasons. Invest once and wear it for all seasons.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Taking you from work to weekend in utmost style, this skirt is one of our favorites. It's nice to mix up your fabrics for the office. If you're worried about wearing satin, choose a classic color like this subtle beige and pair it with an understated cotton shirt or blouse.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
The chicest winter-white pants we ever laid our eyes on. Sometimes you just need to mix it up. Instead of wearing all black, what about wearing all white? Or you could layer in some beige and break it up.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
An office look is always complete when you throw on a blazer. It instantly transforms your outfit from so-so to whoa. It makes any look appear professional, immediately.
Wear with a black turtleneck in winter and a lighter shell top come spring. This oversize blazer is a staple in any workwear capsule wardrobe.
Available in sizes XS to XXL.
Take on the check trend with a borrowed-from-the-boys blazer. This one will never go out of style and that's something you want to hear because a well-cut blazer is definitely an investment.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
With seven days in a week, sometimes you just need to break up the monotony of the top and pant (or skirt) routine. Once you find the perfect dress, it really is the easiest work attire and the quickest way to get ready each morning.
Just add knee-high black boots for the epitome of sophistication. We love the print on this one too. A long sleeve is always a great option for those of us who work in a cold air-conditioned office.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.
The transitional dress of our dreams. Pair it with a blazer or jacket to bring a hint of corporate flair, then ditch it and add a pair of strappy sandals for after hours.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
This floral dress will bring a lot of sunshine and happiness into the office. We love the long sleeves and ruffles around the shoulders. This could also be worn on the weekends for cocktails with friends.
Available in sizes S to XL.
Even if you sit down for most of the day, you'll still want to wear shoes to the office that are comfortable and classic. The heel height is completely up to you, but for an office, we'd suggest a kitten heel or a flat so you feel confident and comfortable. You can bring the high heels or platforms to wear after work.
Polished, practical, and ultra-chic, mules are a great option for work. They work well with almost every dress, pant, or skirt style and the heel can be worn all day without any pain.
Available in sizes 36 to 39.
You can never go wrong with suede black boots especially with a point and a kitten heel. The low height is perfect for extended periods without too much fuss, and the suede is soft and comfortable too. These also look great with jeans.
Available in sizes 4.5 to 10.
Flats are where it's at if you really want something comfortable. The important thing is to find a style that also elevates your corporate office look. These are expensive but nothing elevates any look, whether that's the weekend, evening, or workwear, then these classic Gucci slides. So many people have them in our office, and they've re-soled them multiple times, which proves their longevity and cost per wear.
There's nothing quite like a pair of gold hoops to elevate any look. Quite honestly, I wear them on the weekend with sweats or athleisure and no makeup, because something about the gold really lights up my face and makes me feel more "done." Trust me, it works.
This contemporary carryall will store all your meeting notes while looking damn fine. We're really loving the buckle belt strap, which makes it feel elevated yet cool, without being too trendy.
Because a sleek watch can take a black dress from ordinary to extraordinary and when you're at the office, you need a watch to keep on time.
Transform your office outfit with the addition of bold retro frames. These still feel classic with a modern twist.
If you want a bag that is a little less trend-driven and more of a classic, then this luxe leather handbag has the power to make your office look instantly refined.
This post was originally published on January 22, 2018, and has since been updated.