We all want to look fashionable 24 hours a day, but adding an element of style between 9 and 5 can be a challenge. Being the consummate multi-tasker that I am, have tackled this challenge many times between very corporate clients to much more laid back casual clientele where jeans and a T-shirt was the standard. I am happy to share some work-appropriate tips to help incorporate some really cool summer trends into your office looks without getting a call from HR and most of them are multi-functional, meaning great day to night conversion looks.
As I followed the runway shows and studied the similarities in color and cuts, it became apparent that this year’s spring/summer trends were going to have loads of party-ready crop tops, sheer skirts, and peekaboo mesh as trend front runners. Now unless you have a really cool boss or work at a fashion magazine you likely will not be able to adorn these styles at the office. But fret not! There are quite a few work-appropriate trends to opt for to go to the office in. Here is a quick cheat sheet of chic spring trends you can totally wear at work without worry.
Add Pastels, Florals or Fruit
Yes, I said fruit! The patterns of cherries, bananas, lemons and such are a deliciously fresh option to pair with your traditional separates for a POP of whimsy summer fun! Also, wearing a full on pastel dress worn with neutral shoes/accessories is sophisticated and summer chic; great for the office too. Florals give personality to simple separates so try adding a pattern in one of your major clothing items like your pants, blazers or button-up shirts for some variety. It’s a fashion-forward way to bring spring to an otherwise boring navy or dark suit. Little changes like this will breathe new life/freshness to that classic year round skirt or pant suit.
Aka soft pants, pajama pants, and sometimes called culottes…These billowy bottoms have always been a favorite of mine for years and now after so many seasons of skinny pants, they are back on the scene…hooray! They will come in a wide variety of patterns and solids so pick your poison. Just know the larger the pattern or print the larger your backside will appear, so tread lightly if you’re a pear shape or heavily endowed south of your navel. These easy pants are great compliments to almost every style top but to keep it office chic I would suggest wearing a well-tailored shirt (take a trip to your local tailor or cleaners and make them your friend) and blazer with it to balance the fluidity of your lower half. This trick keeps your middle area looking tight and smaller looking waists are always welcome.
The Oxford Shirtdress
It’s another awesome option for the office with little effort and big results! It’s more popularly known for weekend wear to the Hamptons or the beach, but the oxford has reinvented itself. Its definitely office friendly in softer more elegant fabrications with a more fitted and tailored appearance. Pairing the dress with a blazer, a statement or soft lariat-type necklace, and pointy flats and top handle bag is a fantastic choice. This casual classic has now turned into a corporate contender with comfort and style both present. Make sure to keep the dress AT or BELOW knee length to stay office appropriate.
Pamela Watson is an experienced stylist who currently works as the trend expert for Builders of Style, where she prepares A-list clients for red carpet events, music videos, concerts and award shows. Check our her fashion blog here. Have a question for Pamela? Ask below!