By “Back to Work Outfits” I really mean “Back to Office Outfits” because lord knows we have all been working hard throughout the pandemic despite a lot of us no longer going into offices or co-working spaces. But I know a lot of people who are being called back to the office soon and I’ve started getting a lot of messages about what to wear.
Of course everyone’s work situation is different – especially when it comes to what to wear. Even pre-pandemic! Personally, my job affords me the opportunity to rarely be very formal (I don’t own any suits!) so this post is meant to inspire some more business casual looks and I’ve also curated some pieces to shop that I think will translate well to more formal office environments.
Whether you’re going back to the office following the pandemic, have been on leave or are just looking for some inspiration when it comes to getting dressed for an office and for meetings, I hope you’ll find this post helpful.
Times have certainly changed after so much working from home for many of us and I for one am hoping work environments become less rigid with formal dress codes overall (I truly never need to wear another pencil skirt or suit personally!) But, that being said, I think there are ways to build a work wardrobe of quality pieces that give you both confidence and comfort. We all know that when you love what you’re wearing, your best outfits can make you feel your best and often incite additional productivity.
Back To Work Outfits
Wrap Cardigan with Black Pants
This wrap cardigan comes in such a cool fabric that’s stretchy without looking dowdy. It’s comfortable yet chic.
Laid Black Blazer with Kick Flare Jeans and Mules
I love a dark wash jean as they always look dressier than blue jeans. Pair a cool, on-trend jean style like the kick flare with some mules and a t-shirt and blazer in a more casual fabric for something that says business casual but stylish.
There are so many good dress pants now that look formal but are actually more comfortable thanks to more innovative fabrics and styles that are elastic waists but don’t look it! I included the best ones I found below in a shoppable widget. You’ll get to feel comfortable but look entirely meeting-ready.
Black Pants and a Tweed Blazer
I love a tweed blazer that adds some interest to an outfit that is otherwise a bit more muted and formal.
The Plaid Blazer with Jeans and Ballet Flats
French-inspired style that perfectly translates for the office.
Midi Dress with Booties
I love a midi dress with booties for transitional Fall weather. It’s dressed up without being overly dressy. To go from your desk to drinks or dinner, top this look with a cool leather jacket.
Casual Fridays with a Utility Jacket
Do you have a dress code through the week but then get casual Fridays? Try pairing a utility jacket with jeans and a favorite shoe.
The Sweater Coat
Boyfriend Jacket with Classic Flats
An oversized boyfriend jacket in plaid or tweed can be worn a myriad of ways but with a classic pair of feminine flats and jeans is my personal favorite. Easily sub out the jeans for a pair of dress pants!
Blazer with Jeans and Pumps
This is my go-to office wear outfit. I wear it to 99% of meetings because I feel great in it (thank you high waisted jeans!), the pumps are comfortable and a wool blazer says “meeting ready” while still being very much my style.
I love dressing in monochromatic shades and think this look is perfect for more casual offices. White sneakers make this look a little sporty but still not overly casual.
Mom Jeans with a Kitten Heel
Cardigan with Jeans and Sneakers
Perfect for casual environments, you can’t go wrong with this work uniform. Check out these cozy cardigans.
Blazer with Boots
A go-to look for me from late Fall into Winter is pairing a sleek bootie with skinny jeans and an oversized wool blazer. This look never fails me!
Cardigan, Jeans and Loafers
Put together, casual and with a timeless shoe – this is how I would style your favorite cardigan for back to the office. You could easily sub the jeans out for a skinny black pant.
Leggings and an Oversized Blazer
If you want to make leggings for the office work – go with a pair that has some real shape and thickness to the fabric so they don’t come off as athletic wear. And be sure to cover your bum with a longer cardigan, sweater blazer or oversized boyfriend blazer as I did here.
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