All products on Vogue are independently selected by our editors. However, we may earn affiliate commissions when you purchase items through our retail links.
Back to the office after the summer of September marked on our calendars, there is no single answer to the question of what to wear to work each day. The goal is to achieve the ideal balance of sophistication and style in the perfect pleated trousers, super crisp white shirt and modest midi skirt. But with brands like Totême, Proenza Schouler, and Cos that create luxurious modern workwear, there are a few smart tips to try when shopping for the best office clothing for women.
If you’re planning to overhaul your workwear-friendly wardrobe, shirts are a solid place to start. Look for soft materials that allow you to easily return to something akin to tabletop polish – we love classic styles from Victoria Beckham and Anine Bing. For those of us ready to embrace some form of construction, a trusty blazer looks stylish and smart. Vince’s double-breasted twill blazer is part of your power suit. Complete the look with the same-tone khakis from The Frankie Shop. More on The Frankie Shop: When it comes to your workwear wardrobe, consider the brand your first stop. Its roster of wardrobe heroes — from trendy tank tops to trendy shirts and tailored pants — is what made the brand
The midi skirt silhouette is a standout style for many SS fashion shows, especially Tory Burch’s spring collection, which took over the streets of Soho, with models walking down the cobblestones with effortless glamour. The comfort of a midi skirt is especially desirable when getting dressed early in the morning. Best of all, pair it with a comfy cashmere sweater or a skinny black crew neck, like the one modeled on the Tory show. Tie-dye print midi skirts from the boys behind Proenza Schouler are another great option.
As for the eye-catching jewelry that keeps your coworkers lining up at your desk to see what? Simple, sophisticated pieces from Laura Lombardi and Completed Works. Mejuri is another jewelry brand worth adding – we love their double hoop silver earrings. When looking for office-friendly sneakers to pair with a knit maxi dress or one of the aforementioned midi skirts, The Row and Mango have created shoes that are good enough to wear to any big meeting. Chloé embroidered suede ‘Nama’ sneakers are also a favorite of celebrity fashion star Katie Holmes. It’s worth mentioning that they’re consciously made from hand-stitched recycled mesh.
women 9 Favorite Office Clothes That Are Stylish and Smart
Trailblazers make even the simplest of shapes smarter. Find a style that fits your shoulders and make sure the hem and sleeves are just the right length. For example, the silver button on Veronica Beard ; The navy Miller dickey jacket adds a feminine touch to an otherwise classic menswear style. Everlane’s oversized plaid blazer is a Vogue editor’s classic, and here’s why Its voluminous silhouette is a more modern take on the blazer you probably already have in your wardrobe.
If you haven’t found the perfect pants, let
9 to 5 dress
The best work bags and handbags should always have one main thing in common: function and, of course, style. When looking for your own product, ask yourself: Is it durable enough to pull from work and play? Is it roomy enough to hold all your workwear essentials like a laptop, portable coffee mug or notepad? Thankfully, work packages from Cuyana and Bottega Veneta fit that bill. More stylish options like Hereu’s canvas tote or Chloé’s supple leather shoulder bag may be less practical, but they’re quite eye-catching. Whether or not your office is full of fashionistas like us, your colleagues are likely to be lining up at your desk to see what is.
Office-friendly sneakers with the same form and function as preppy loafers or ballet flats are hard to come by. When returning to the office after a period of absence, it is important to remember that increased comfort is important. White sneakers will always be wardrobe heroes, making these from The Row and Tory Burch the clear winners. Mango’s little black sneakers are a more sophisticated style to consider pairing with any of your LBDs. However, Chloé’s ‘Nama’ embroidered sneakers are unique, made from hand-stitched recycled mesh for the eco-conscious. This new style is also a favorite of fall fashion It girl Katie Holmes.
The Row Marie H Leather Sneakers
The Row Marie H Leather Sneakers