Set Up Your Work Wardrobe

For men across the country, the morning routine before the office looks pretty much the same: wake up, brush your teeth, shave your face and get dressed. Most days, the decision is pretty simple: “What dark, neutral suit should I wear today? This one goes with that tie. Will anyone notice if I wear the same pink button-down twice in one week? Probably not.”

For women, on the other hand, there is a bit more pressure. According to one New York Times article, although equality in the workplace has improved over the years, the expectation for women to avoid outfit-repeating in the workplace still remains. Sheila Marikar, author of the article, says, “There is an expectation to appear poised, professional and, if not trendy, at least aware of trends, which generally means a never-ending cycle of outfit accumulation. Dressing for work is work, and the cost — in dollars, time, distraction — is borne disproportionately by women.”

Looking put-together and professional is easiest with neutral basics, but these pieces are anything but boring when styled the right way. Keep scrolling for outfit inspiration for your next day at work, your next class presentation or that upcoming interview with pieces you may already have in your closet.

Christine Andrew of Hello Fashion gives us laid-back yet presentable vibes. Tailored pants and a dark top, paired with a pop of print in her cheetah print shoes, gives major inspiration to style pieces you probably already have in your closet.

Local fashionista Brighton Keller tops off a simple black and white look with a bold plaid blazer.

Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific always serves up the best looks. How chic are these wide leg, high-waisted pants? Pair these pants with a sweater or a tank and blazer for a layered look.

Jean Wang of Extra Petite proves that simplicity is key when dressing for the office. Keep cozy with a long cardigan during the chillier months.

The always classy Sarah Vickers shows off her fall style including warm brown tones, mixed textures and leather details.

Caroline Sheridan

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