Going to the office every day of the week can sometimes get quite…boring.
Boring in terms of clothes and outfits, of course. 😉 Some mornings it’s just too dang hard (or more like nearly impossible) to craft some kind of uniquely curated, serious-but-fun, I-work-but-also-I’m-cool look before the clock strikes 8. Or 7:30. Or jeez, 7.
So, what does that mean, and why do we care? Well, it probably means the same trousers/blazers/blouses/coats are on rotation too often to be comfortable or happy with. It happens to all of us. And it sucks.
A lack of outfit excitement is NOT what we need to boost our energy in time to smile at the coffee barista on the way. Especially if we’re late. Whoops. No time to smile. And I hate my suit. Oof.
Casual Doesn’t Mean Boring: 5 Office Outfits To Make Workwear More Exciting
SO…I’ve made for you a week of outfits for a slightly casual-skewing work environment (that can have a little fun — or a lot of fun, depending on your color and material choices). These looks are just guidelines to kick you out of the doom-cycle of brown suit, black suit, tan suit, repeat. Let’s play a little — but keep it SFW.
Cute & Causal Work Outfits: Dresses On Mondays
In order to simplify as much as possible on arguably the hardest day of the week, let’s turn to dresses. Because dresses are *easy*.
Slip one on, match your boots to your bag, spray some dry shampoo into your unwashed locks, and get going. “Sheesh, you look shockingly pretty and put-together for a Monday, Susan” (is what they will say).
Cute & Causal Work Outfits: Blouses On Tuesdays
OK, Tuesday’s finally here, and we’re making it through. What’s that? You think Tuesday outfits have to be boring? Think again! Time to pick a cool, chic blouse.
Admittedly, I picture the stiffest, ugliest top in the weirdest sheen to exist when I hear or read the word “blouse.” It’s a shame because these ones are total workwear outfit-makers (especially when paired with some stylish accessories). Let’s take back the word in honor of these beauties.
Cute & Causal Work Outfits: Stripes On Wednesdays
Stripes are definitely the most intellectual print if you had to pick one, no?
Of course, there are times for florals, plaids and polka dots (ehh…), but if you want to keep it classy in the office, lean toward the simplest of prints and get striped (we love a striped sweater — so cozy). And sure, you could pair the stripes with regular jeans, but pick a muted-yet-still-fun color to keep things interesting.
Cute & Causal Work Outfits: Layers On Thursdays
Ah, Friday eve. Jeans are prooobably allowed depending on meeting schedules and what not, but I’d save them for tomorrow to fully relish in the world-decided Denim Day.
Let’s stick to a comfy pair of trousers (they DO exist! At least at Reformation), a cashmere tee, and some kind of cool top layer like an elevated blazer. Done.
Cute & Causal Work Outfits: Jeans On Fridays
Yay! Jeans. Let’s make the most out of casual Fridays, shall we?
For work, I’d pick a pair of jeans that’s sliiightly tailored (not overly baggy, too skinny or distressed) and pair it with a cool, angular shoe to draw us back to workplace reality (because it’s not the weekend until 5).
Really into these pieces and fancy some more? Of course. Knock your trouser socks off.
Hey, hey, Pinners…
Thanks– I would love to see more casual officewear ideas. I’m over 40 and work in an office most days. I like to look fashionable, but sweatpants, leggings, cropped tops, and short dresses are not appropriate.
Yes! Second Col’s comment. Officewear for a casual-leaning workplace would be most helpful. I’m struggling with how to balance “dress for the job you want” (i.e. upward mobility) with the casualness of the pandemic hybrid workplace.