Fashion Friday: Outfits for the Office That Don’t Suck

Ask and you shall receive! I asked on Facebook yesterday for some suggestions regarding Fashion Friday and a bunch of people asked for work outfits that were easy to put together but looked great. So I pulled together looks based on basic work attire- suits, skirts, black pants, dresses and casual Friday (or for a more laid back office that allows denim). I hope this inspires you when getting dressed for work next week (bold words are the links!)

You can’t go wrong (on nearly any body type) pairing a slightly fitted button down with a pencil skirt .  For those in a hurry, look for non-iron button downs instead, but this chambray top paired with some swingy earrings in a matching bold color and a big resin cuff says you are fun but still ready for business. The zebra heels are the extra kick of awesome. Top with a classic trench!

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There is nothing wrong with some great fitting black pants (slightly cropped to show off cool heels like these tasseled ones) paired with a fitted colored sweater and a bold necklace (jewelry is your BEST friend when dressing for the office- a statement necklace or earring can take a very basic look up ten notches!).  Also this coat is kind of everything (and great with denim on weekends).  And the bag is big enough for paperwork and your laptop but also edgy with it’s gold studded strap.

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Okay, I had two looks I loved here so I did both- a tweed sheath dress paired with opaque tights and booties (make sure the heel is black not wood, which is too casual for this look) and another big statement Marni necklace (from a great secondhand source I LOVE!) OR, for when it turns a bit warmer- this stretchy white sheath (comes in navy, black and olive too and also TALL sizes!) with another big chunky necklace (told you- they are a game changer) and tall leather boots.  Also, this bag is from yet another consignment site I’ve been trolling- this bag is my d-r-e-a-m.

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Suits are tough, I admit.  And I’ve never had a job where I’ve had to wear one.  But I feel like channeling the French is never a bad route to go so I paired this classic navy suit (jacket & pants) with a striped bodysuit (totally your friend when dressing in a suit as it feels and looks less bulky).  Tie on a scarf instead of a necklace and pair with some sexy heels and a chunky gold bracelet and swingy earrings.  Bonus if you can have a little fun with your work bag- this one is basically a briefcase, but the styling and blue suede make it so much more interesting.

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Ahhhhh, we’ve reached casual Friday!  I love this look- ladylike and smart but also really cool. A tweed cropped jacket (J.crew seems to have taken it off the site since last night???) with a silk cami, dark tailored denim, tortoise specs and a long faux pearl necklace can take you just about anywhere.  These are my current favorite flats to wear to meetings- adorable and feminine. Oh and this bag? BIG, roomy and slightly Chanel-ish. :)

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Hope you all have a great weekend!

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30 comments

  1. Thank you for listening to our Facebook wishes! Just been scouring the web for some fresh ideas for spring (when it ever arrives!). Casual but stylish is not always as easy as it sounds! Thanks for the inspiration, perfect timing!

  2. All of these looks are fabulous and vey helpful. Could you relink the tweed sheath dress? It currently links to the Tippi sweater and I am dying to know where I can buy it. Grazie.

  3. Thank you for listening to our requests! This is PERFECT! One question, the link to the sheath is the Tippi Sweater from JCREW, any ideas where I could find the dress?

  4. I’ve been crushing on that Hermes bag since I was in Paris last fall! It’s my fave too! Will find a way to get it!

    1. Just put that bag on ebay last week. It was my moms and I think she found it at a thriftstore!
      Auction ends tomorrow

  5. great post!! i love the pencil skirt look and those m. gemi bow flats. i just popped into the soho store and their quality is excellent.

    check out josefina for other flats…methinks you will like them.

    i do hope the nude louboutin (or any nude heel really) dies a fast and painful death. am i the only one?

  6. I’m LOVING every single thing you posted, thank you so much for sharing some professional attire that isn’t boring!! Happy (casual) Friday!!

  7. Happily retired but I’m loving all the pant looks. And I could see switching around some of those killer accessories to go with pants. Fun post.

  8. I haven’t commented in awhile but just had to give you kudos for a job so well done! I could stare at these combinations as long as I could a room I love! You have been gifted a very visual eye!!

  9. Is there any chance you can relink the swingy earrings? They link to the J Crew bracelet! Love everything!

  10. Those zebra calf hair pumps in the first picture are now $40 (final sale)!! I’ve been stalking them online waiting for a discount since this post. They were full price yesterday. Fingers crossed they fit!

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