Ready, set, refresh.
It’s true: You spend the majority of your week working. While your career will have its inevitable highs and lows, there’s one aspect that you have complete control over—your professional style. If you’ve invested in pieces that inspire confidence, then you already know the psychological power that a really great outfit has on your sense of self.
That said, it’s more than normal to run short on ideas for what to wear, and the answer isn’t always to just buy more things. Instead, it can help to reimagine your wardrobe staples and come up with a few fresh combinations—and then decide what holes in your closet you need to fill. Ahead, discover six wearable, stylish office outfits that involve separates you can mix and match for months to come.
Rethink Your Neutrals
When you’re heading out the door in a hurry, it might be your reflex to reach for all-black pieces. But consider camel-toned separates for a palette that feels less the norm. Finish the look off with a pair of versatile loafers and a fun statement bag.
Embrace Color When It’s Cold
Temperatures are cooling down, but that doesn’t need to equate to a somber color palette. Eschew the expected and incorporate a saturated pop of color to your office look, like cobalt blue slacks and a lavender bag.
Mix and Match Prints
Wearing more than one print in an outfit may seem off-kilter, but this underrated styling trick is surprisingly effective. For fall office attire, try a plaid trench tossed over an animal-print midi dress; the two don’t clash, and will make the outfit feel playful and dynamic.
Embrace Leather Weather
A more prominent fall trend is wearing multiple leather (or faux leather) pieces in one outfit. This translates to the office if you skip the moto jacket and swap for a blazer or tailored jacket. Team that up with a skirt or pants and polish it off with a chain link necklace and your favorite work bag.
Play Around With Plaid
Plaid is to fall what florals are to spring—indispensable. While there are endless approaches to wearing checks all autumn and winter long, when it comes to the office, test drive the pattern by way of a stylish skirt. Top off with a blazer and some minimalist accessories.
Go Back to the Basics
If you’re looking to revamp your professional style, don’t overthink it; remember your basics. A sweater and slacks is a fine pairing if you incorporate different neutrals and tones. Extra points if your accessories follow suit.