If the idea of getting dressed up to head back to the workplace brings on feelings of anxiety and stress, relax, you’re not alone. After all, most of us have spent the last year and a half working from home, dressed comfortably from the top up. So if the mere thought of pulling together a few polished looks makes you want crawl back into bed, read on; the ladies of Stylish Monday will have you out of your joggers and Uggs, ready to take on workplace 2021, in style!
Work Comfort Into Your Work-Wear Style
One of the many take aways from working at home over the last year and a half, is fact that comfort and business fashion CAN co-exist. As we begin to work our way out of our leisure wear, it’s important to have a few basic essentials to grab-and-go. Pieces like a washable silk joggers (in black and honey, HERE) paired with a basic tank (white or black), a long cardigan (HERE)and (HERE) + a pair of flat mules create a polished, professional, and comfortable uniform, to get you back to work in style with confidence.
What I’m Wearing
These linen pants have been a go-to work essential for me this past summer. Dressing for work in the California heat can be a challenge, here’s a look at 3 ways I’ve styled the same pair of pants, for a day in and out of the office.
9 Outfit Ideas to Get you Back to Work in Style
I really enjoyed seeing how the ladies of Stylish Monday interpreted this month’s theme; Back to Work Looks. Each member of this fabulous international group has a different type of job they go to each day, so our looks are very different – which makes this post so much fun! Here’s a look at 9 looks, from different countries and careers, to inspire you to get out of your joggers (if you so choose) and try something new.
Joy – Joyous Styling – My Full Time job title is Executive Clinical Account Specialist in Women’s Health. My work wardrobe is business professional. I love easy sophisticated looks. An easy back to work look. I love a light plaid high waisted midi skirt for a sophisticated business look. I paired it with a classic satin ivory blouse and my favorite cap toe sling-backs. Jewelry added is my white Abalone KS choker.
Emma – The Style Splash – There’s no dress code where I work – pretty much anything goes – but I still like to make the effort and dress smartly. Most of my work is done from home lately, but I do have the odd few days in the office. I would like to wear heels, but in reality I can only wear them for short periods of time. I’ve had this skirt for a couple of years but haven’t worn it before. The top is an old one that comes out of storage every summer. My red bag is one of favourites for work as it holds all of my essentials.
Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – There’s no reason why we can’t be both comfortable and professionally dressed at the same time. Here I pair a comfy metallic tee with an elastic waist skirt. Pointy toe flats keep the look dressy without the pain of heels.
Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF – Many of us are heading back into work versus zooming from home; or perhaps you’re doing a combination of both. As an educator, we are heading back into work in person and very excited about it! I am my school district’s Prevention Coordinator, which allows me to work with and train staff across the district. Therefore, I tend to dress up more so than most educators. Plus you know that I just like to be fancy, including going to work daily. The first day of school is still a special event requiring a special outfit!
Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – When I was in my 20’s into my early 30’s, I worked in NYC when your personal style was just as important as the quality of your work. It’s been a hot minute since I dressed for corporate America, NYC-style and this is sort of how I imagine I’d dress if I magically dropped back into that life.
Nina – Sharing a Journey -Whether you work from home or are heading back to the office, August marks summer’s last fling. This post is packed with fresh ideas for work including great at-home styles, looks for teachers and great options for those headed back to the office. Plus a few bonuses to make getting back into your post-summer routine with ease.
Nancy – Nancy’s Fashion Style –Work wear looks is a bit of a tricky one for me as I have been out of work for 9 years due to my illness. In addition, I have never worked in an office and when I think of a work wear look I always think of an office. And if I had worked in the office I would often have worn a suit. In the store where I was manager, we always wore the clothes from the store. This suit is from that store so I’m basically killing two birds with one stone.
Nicole – High Latitude Style – In a casual work environment, a solid color shirt dress is a great option in summer. I loved the all black of the 1990s. Thus, I own a couple of LDB in different styles. This black shirt dress is my favorite work dress.
Lucy – Lucy Bertoldi.com Back to the office means back to the classroom for me! Always feel like I owe it to my fashion students to look bright and colourful and happy to see them (even if still online!). In keeping with a professional look, thought this fun skirt paired with my favourite colour of blouse would be just on point to make them smile😊
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Amy Johnson says
I just love those linen pants! They look gorgeous every way you styled them.
Lucy Bertoldi says
Love these easy-chic work looks Suzanne!
Shelbee on the Edge says
Suzanne, those pants are amazing! I love all three ways you have styled them and I can picture about a dozen other ways that I could style them! Haha. I think I need to find myself a similar pair! Wonderful post!
Linen pants are an excellent option for office attire or anytime you want to look chic and yet still be comfortable.
Linen is a very good choice when it’s that warm. And those trousers look fabulous on you, also love it with the black top.