Cool Work Outfit Ideas for a Medium-Strict Dress Code

Need new ideas on what to wear to work this season? Curating an elegant work wardrobe is an art form. But luckily, you don’t have to be an experienced stylist to learn the ropes. You just have to know the formula for perfect work outfits. First and foremost, you want to take an honest look at what you already own. Do you have your 13 workwear essentials? If so, take a look at each item and make sure it’s in good condition and that it still fits. If it needs any small tailoring or mending, cross that off your to-do list.

Second, you’ll want to take stock of your shoe closet. Do you have comfortable shoes you can wear for long stretches of time or are you up to your eyeballs in footwear that’s not functional? And how’s the variety? Double check that you have an easy flat (ballet or brogue), a sturdy ankle boot, classic black pumps and, if your work dress code permits, a pair of stylish winter boots.

And finally, if there are any workwear separates hanging in your closet that don’t fit or that you haven’t worn in a year, donate them. You don’t want to clutter up your closet with clothes that don’t make you feel good. After all, that’s prime real estate. Once your work closet is in good shape and your wardrobe has a solid foundation, you have ample room to play with seasonal trends to spice up your work outfits. And that’s when the fun begins.

Click on the gallery above for 11 cool, fresh-feeling work outfits to wear this fall. Because let’s be honest, there are only so many ways you can wear a black trouser.

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