Even when you like your job (and we sincerely hope you do!), there are days that can be a total drag. Unfortunately, no matter how annoying work gets, you still have to dress for it. Don’t give into the evil forces that turn nighttime/weekend fashionistas into boringly dressed cubicle clones. Drop the sensible cardigans and toss aside that pre-shrunken blazer! You really can show off your love of fashion while still on the clock. Fashion looks can quickly veer into office-inappropriate territory, but we’re here to make sure that you can combine your need for a regular paycheck and your love of modern, fashionable clothing — because it can definitely be done.
A Matching Set
We wholeheartedly believe that you can wear a crop top to work — provided that you cover all your bases (i.e., your midriff). A matching set is a great way to sneak a crop into your office arsenal.
Ginger Fizz When Love Calls Scattered Hydrangea Print Crop Top, $42.56, and Midi Skirt, $67.71 at ASOS.
A Cool Button-Down
This two-toned button-up isn't the craziest thing you could grab off the rack, but it will stand out among a sea of baby blue and white oxfords.
Wine and Dine Shirt, $54 at Pixie Market.
Have you ever seen pants that are cooler? Pretty sure the answer is no. Fashion-forward but still appropriate — the best combo.
Marimekko Kavalli Pants, $208 at Marimekko.
A Statement Pencil Skirt
Since an alien-green pencil skirt exists, you should probably wear it to work.
A.L.C. Kane Mohair Skirt, $495 at Shopbop.
Another way to have fun up top? Play with volume. This is a quiet statement piece — which is often the best kind.
Alexander Wang Grey Boxy Wool Pullover, $675 at SSENSE.
A Printed Blazer
This one's almost too easy. A printed blazer brings you up like 25 notches, while also being surprisingly versatile. (Can't you totally see this with denim cut-offs?)
ASOS Blazer in Palm Print, $67.71 at ASOS.
A totally not-boring work dress — score.
Topshop Floral Utility Shirt Dress, $80 at Topshop.
Since we don't really recommend sporting leather harnesses at the office, this cool belt will have to do.
H&M Wide Waist Belt, $34.95 at H&M.
Yes, you can wear sheer at the office — just think about the layering potential.
Metallic Shimmer Sheer Knit, $31 at Koshka.
Fun with Hose
Forget nude hose — these patterned tights are rad and would totally work at work. Just avoid pieces that skew a little too sexy.
Jonathan Aston Konta Tights, $25 at Topshop.
Christian Dior started this whole insane double-bauble earring look, but we love all the interpretations from other designers. These earrings are so modern and cool that we can hardly stand it.
Lady Grey Double Sphere Earrings, $230 at Shopbop.
Bejeweled-to-high-heaven necklaces are on their way out, so choose a more modern piece instead. How great would this look peeking out from under the collar of a button-up?
Lizzie Fortunato The Working Uniform II Necklace, $480 at Shopbop.
The skirt/slacks hybrid gets dressed up for the office.
Topshop Crepe Culottes, $80 at Topshop.
This killer (and quirky) bag works both on the clock and off. It's big enough for an iPad, but sleek enough to not stick out at happy hour.
Opening Ceremony Black Leather Lele Doctor's Tote, $745 at SSENSE.
Remove yourself from the bright white sneakers and pumps hamster wheel while commuting to work. These flat menswear-style shoes will add some much-needed edge to your work suits and dresses.
Blucher Shoes with Fringes, $99.90 at Zara.