Now that the pandemic is starting to wind down and offices are slowly opening back up, it’s time to start thinking about how to upgrade your work wardrobe for a fresh new look! Whether your office dress code is business or business casual, there are some tips to follow and styles to add to your closet to stay in style all season long and beyond. Today, we’re sharing our top tips for dressing for the office and how to change fashion styles effortlessly so you can walk into work feeling like a new woman letting go of the old restrictive styles and upgrading to a more comfortable, professional look.
Yes, stylish comfort is the new post-pandemic look. As much as we love our sweats, some of us are ready to dress up again but not at the cost of comfort. So where do we start?
Tips for Dressing for Work
Whether you’re new to office life or you just need to refresh your look, here are some tips to consider while building out your comfortable work wardrobe:
- Do your homework!
If you’re starting a new job, make sure to ask your new co-workers what the company culture is like. While most of us are used to business attire when it comes to the office, many companies nowadays are ditching traditional office attire for more casual alternatives. Knowing the type of dress code your company has before updating your closet will help to guide you in the right direction. Plus, you won’t want to show up for your first day over or underdressed!
- Invest in the right shoes.
There’s nothing worse than having to walk around all day in uncomfortable shoes. If you’re a heels person, try opting for a shorter, wide heel to keep you comfy and business appropriate. If you’re into flats, make sure to invest in a pair that won’t cause blisters or pain throughout the day. When buying work shoes, it’s always best to go in store and try them on to find the perfect pair.
- Work attire doesn’t have to be boring.
Gone are the days when you could only wear neutral colors and no patterns. Nowadays, it’s totally okay to have fun with your work outfits by rocking bright colors, funky patterns, and cute accessories. Just because you’re dressing for your job doesn’t mean you have to lose your own personal style.
- Find the right fit.
The best work attire is all about the fit whether you’re rocking a power suit or a dress. Investing in high quality clothing that fits you and will last a long time is always a better idea than buying a few cheap outfits. Not only will these styles last longer than a few seasons, but they will provide you with a better fit to make you feel more confident!
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
If your dress code is business casual, it’s always a great idea to mix casual and dressy pieces to create the perfect outfit. Try pairing a blazer with jeans or rock dress pants with a crisp button-up top. The options are truly endless! Pairing casual and dressy garments together is a great way to still look professional and put together even in a more laid-back environment.
- Less is sometimes more.
Although makeup and jewelry are great ways to compliment and even upgrade your look, less is oftentimes more when it comes to accessorizing in the office. If you want to experiment with makeup, go for a bright lip and neutral eyes. If jewelry is more your thing, opt for simple pieces that will compliment your outfit and not take away from it. Speaking of jewelry, make sure that you don’t wear loud bracelets or bangles that make noise in the office. It can be really distracting to your co-workers even if you don’t notice it.
Timeless Styles You Need for Work
Now that we got the basics down, let’s dive into the Stella Carakasi styles you need in your wardrobe to really refresh your work attire.
Every working woman needs a classic white button-up shirt in their closet and our Legacy Shirt is no exception. This top is a modern take on the classic, crisp button-up that everyone knows and loves. It boasts a half sleeve, unique back design, and an interesting covered front button placket. It can be worn with any bottoms and the best part? It’s flattering on many body types and sizes!
The Stella Carakasi Just My Style Top is the perfect layering piece for all seasons! During the warmer months, it can be worn alone and paired with tasteful accessories and in the wintertime, you can throw a blazer or cardigan over it! The flattering neckline of this top makes it ideal for office wear and the soft Modal® jersey fabric is super comfortable. This is a design you’ll want to wear both in and out of the office!
The term ‘Icon’ is thrown around a lot these days; a versatile style that stands the test of time, a piece that fits and flatters many different sizes and shapes, like the humble Tiburon Tunic, one style to which this title can truly be applied. The Tiburon Tunic’s versatility has a great deal to do with its ability to outlast trends; it’s the rare piece of clothing that can be worn for just about any occasion and in a variety of ways, from a workweek staple to lunch with friends, dressed up or down, belted as a shirtdress with leggings, or unbuttoned as a lightweight jacket. A true icon is something you will wear all the time. It’s a commodity, one piece that you can wear pretty much anywhere and feel comfortable and confident and know that you are neither overdressed nor underdressed, but always on-point.
If your office is cold all year round, you’ll need to pick up our Go To Cardigan to stash at your desk and pair with any outfit. The flattering accordion design makes this cardigan stand out from the rest and can be worn with so many different tops underneath. Once you get your hands on the Go To Cardigan, you’re going to want to add all of the colorways to your collection.
Sick of uncomfortable dress pants? Us too. That’s why we designed the Lounge Dress Pants from a wrinkle-free Tencel® Ponte knit fabric. While the style and silhouette look like your classic dress pants, it actually feels like you’re wearing ultra-comfortable yoga pants! It features a straight leg design that can be worn with cardigans, button-up tops, and more. You can quite literally go from the office to the yoga studio in these bottoms!
If the comfort of leggings are more your style, you’re going to be obsessed with the Stella Carakasi Slimming Ankle Pants. They’re made from the same Tencel® Ponte knit material as our Lounge Dress Pants so they’re stretchy and very comfortable. Consider them your dressed up leggings because they work with pretty much everything in your closet. These bottoms are both stylish and flattering at the same time—talk about a win-win!
Stella Carakasi is a brand born of a love for the beauty of intelligent design, the inherent grace of feminine strength, and the necessity to treat our environment and each other with love and respect. We hope some of these designs speak to your own style, and help you refine and redefine your own style philosophy in the process. You can find all of our outfit suggestions and more on our Looks We Love page and learn how to create a wide variety of beautiful looks by simply owning the right styles that are easy-fitting, super mixable and ultra-wearable.