Wear-to-Work Outfits for Every Kind of Office Dress Code

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Wear-to-Work Outfits for Every Kind of Office Dress Code

No matter what field you work in, there are so many mysteries when it comes to office culture and expectations: Should I ask my co-workers to lunch? Can I have a few cocktails at the holiday party? And most importantly, what should I wear to the office? And because every workplace is different, there are no one-size-fits-all rules for every working woman’s style. After all, what might be acceptable for a real estate agent may not be considered promotion-worthy at a buttoned-up investment firm.

That’s why we’re not only helping you decode what different office dress codes mean, but we’re also giving you a couple of new outfit ideas for the type of workplace that fits you best.

Dress Code: Business Professional

What it means: Business professional dress codes are the most clean-cut of the bunch and typically call for pant suits, conservative dresses, or jacket-and-skirt combos for women. Neutral hues are typically encouraged (though a pop of colour on your blouse is usually okay).

You might have this dress code if…: you work in finance, as a lawyer or politician, or in a similarly serious and formal environment.

Staples to own: Super-tailored pant suits, trousers, a blazer, a sharp sheath dress, a knee-length pencil skirt, silk blouses or button downs, classic pumps.

Two outfits to try:

Add an unexpectedly chic twist to your classic blazer-and-trousers combo by pairing black and charcoal hues with a touch of navy. Leather pointy-toe flats or pumps and a sophisticated watch finish off the look nicely.

Layer a tissue-thin turtleneck under a tailored jumper or sheath dress, then add super-opaque tights and sleek booties to complete the ensemble. Heading to happy hour after work? Stash a cute clutch and statement necklace in your desk to give the look a little more glamour.

Dress Code: Business Casual

What it means: Though not as strict as a professional dress code, this dress code still calls for clean silhouettes and conservative lengths for dresses and skirts, but with a little more flexibility to wear prints and colours, statement jewellery, sweaters, and bolder footwear. “Casual Fridays” are often allowed, but you should make sure to dress sharp in dark-wash denim and a nice top or sweater.

You might have this dress code if…: you’re a teacher, work in accounting or advertising, or operate in a professional but slightly more laid back environment.

Staples to own: Shirtdresses, cardigans, pull-on skirts, skinny black pants, a blazer, printed dresses and blouses, pointy-toe flats.

Two outfits to try:

Tuck a slim-fitting, high-neck top into a tailored skirt and add leather heels or booties. If an important meeting’s on your agenda for the day, slip a classic black blazer over the ensemble to boost your girl-boss style.

Start off your work week on a fresh note with a floral-print dress, plus tights and ankle boots for cooler weather. And don’t forget to bring a cardigan or knit blazer, which always comes in handy with year-round office A/C.

Dress Code: Casual

What it means: Employees are allowed to dress in more comfortable clothing that shows their personal style—think jeans, chambray shirts, ankle boots, boho blouses—while still maintaining an appropriate and semi-professional appearance (so no yoga pants or denim shorts).

You might have this dress code if…: you work in a creative field, are part of a small business or start-up, or work in any other environment that’s more casual and laid-back.

Staples to own: Slim jeans, button downs or casual shirts, tailored T-shirts, day dresses, a knit or colourful blazer, statement heels, black denim, patterned scarves.

Two outfits to try:

Show off your boho side with a breezy, patterned top and very slightly distressed denim. Your favourite ankle boots, cross-body bag, and statement earrings complete the look.

It can be hard to get away with a sweatshirt in even the most casual of offices, so do the next best thing and layer a lightweight sweater over a basic plaid button down. Pair the combo with slim, dark-wash denim, clogs, and a sparkly necklace for the perfect mix of casual and cute.

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Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch COO runs South Africa’s top independence appliance company that specialises in all appliances, electronics, furniture and bedding. They give the best deals and the best prices and everything is guaranteed.