We get it – a regular 9 to 5 job isn’t the most exciting thing. On top of that, many companies have a dress code that employees must adhere to, which means there’s a limit to how creative you can get with your office outfits. Nevertheless, the allure of fashion is irresistible. Your regular workday may be dreary, but your office outfits don’t have to be!
We’re here to shed light on how to incorporate runway fashion trends and elevate your everyday workwear with an unexpected touch, all without getting into trouble with HR. Since the selected pieces are tailored with the modern working woman in mind, rest assured that they’ll fit right into your wardrobe — no extensive shopping overhaul required!
The fashion world has been loving all things retro, and these power suit-inspired paperbag trousers are perfect for the office. Paperbag pants are super high waisted and sit right below your belly button creating or enhancing an hourglass look. They usually come with an attached belt or tie waist to create that paperbag look. From high waisted tie pants to skirts and shorts with a cinched waist, you’ll find it in various materials this season from denim to faux leather and much more! Style this uber chic trend with a fitted top, tuck it in and add a boyfriend blazer to complete your business casual look.
Take a peek at the Instagram accounts of influencers and you’ll notice that bubble sleeves are having a moment. Especially when it comes to styling the voluminous blouse, they’re a terrific match with anything more edgy – we’re talking faux leather pants/leggings or perhaps high waisted jeans with a pair of chunky sneakers. For dresses with puffy sleeves, wearing your hair in an updo can be favourable as it maximizes the effect of the sleeves. We also love the idea of working a pair of earrings or statement sunglasses to elevate the glam vibe!
Comfort and practicality are both high on the work outfit list, and boiler suits offer both. Beloved by celebrities including the Hadid sisters, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Irina Shayk, this versatile all-in-one is your swiftest route to utility chic. This season, there’s a boiler suit for everybody. Stella McCartney’s take with oversized lapels benefits from a flattering, relaxed fit; while Zimmermann’s lilac hue captures the pantone mood when paired with this season’s most coveted mules and oversized hoops.
It’s slightly unexpected but often you’ll even see stylish women turning a regular blouse into a one-shoulder piece simply by way of how they position it. It’s certainly a style that’s taken the fashion world by storm, and we see it going well throughout spring and summer 2020. And this trend isn’t only about the top. The same goes for dresses. It’s the day to evening convertibility that is the big draw card here; one shoulder covered renders it halfway in the middle of a whole list of dress codes – even office wear, although we’d suggest to keep it to stripes and plaids to keep it professional.
Asymmetric pieces may be tricky to work into everyday outfits, but this toned-down version keeps things interesting without being too avant garde. The silhouettes of asymmetric dresses, skirts and tops are endless! It’s also been proven to be the perfect transitional favourite – either wear it as is or add layers like a turtleneck or a white tee underneath during the cooler months. There’s something about the asymmetrical detailing that makes you feel effortless and chic all at the same time!
Renowned Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe may have first explored origami-style designs in the early 2010s, but it’s never too late to incorporate this trend into your style repertoire. This yin & yang ensemble from Patrizia Pepe may look simple at first glance, until you notice the knife-sharp origami pleating at the waist. Wear it with a pair of flared pants and lots of sass. Taking style cues from Kate Spade’s Spring 2020 show, we spotted this metallic pleated dress made for those who embrace print-tastic outfits with confidence.
It’s a Wrap
There’s a reason the wrap dress is a modern fashion classic. The style, which was popularised by American designer Diane von Furstenberg in the ‘70s, has returned as a wardrobe staple for the millennial ladies. For starters, it’s an incredibly flattering style. With an adjustable V-neck front and side tie belt, the fabric snugly fits your figure, letting you emphasise the narrowest part of your waist while the skirt flows over your hips.
Go for a solid shade in a midi skirt that you can pair with a smart blouse or a button-down shirt. If you’re not into solid shades and want to experiment with your look, go for pinstripes, houndstooth or geometrical patterns. Accessorize this work look with a stylish pair of earrings and you are ready to look your absolute best anytime, anywhere.
Purses and bags that look like pillows were all over social media at the end of 2019, which indicates 2020 will likely be their year. Bottega Veneta’s Cassette bag has padded calfskin strips that are weaved like your favourite weighted blanket. And even though 2020 sounds futuristic, nap-pods haven’t made their way into most offices and no one has invented time travel. But maybe that’s why everyone’s bags these days look like pillows. Whether your New Year’s resolution is to finally get more sleep or to at long last buy a name-brand purse, pillow bags are worth investing in now.