Many of you are either already back in the office or counting down the days till that time. While things seem to be “getting back to normal,” the last two years have definitely made a lasting impact on our clothing decisions—namely, our tolerance for uncomfortable work attire. Yes, that feeling of being buttoned up at work can translate into productivity, but WFH life has shown us that it’s not absolutely necessary. Whether the CEO at your company likes it or not, the interpretation of business casual has expanded to include cozy and comfortable pieces like leather, jumpsuits, and even sneakers. This means your weekend clothes and your work clothes no longer have to be stored in different drawers—it’s all game.
Below, you’ll find 15 business-casual outfit combinations to inspire you through the next several months of winter. Most of the pieces included can also be mixed and matched seamlessly, which is a dream at six in the morning.
Skirt suits will forever remind me of Clueless, and for that reason, I'm eternally sold on the look. Pair yours with a sweater and button-down for extra warmth.
When layering knits, stick to the same color family, and you're golden. Add a shearling jacket on top, and you might as well be in Miami.
Tailored vests are having a moment—as are leather trenches. The two worn together look cool enough to wear to any event you have planned after work.
Pleated pants are my go-to business-casual style this year. The menswear-inspired cut is both relaxed and elevated. It's rare you see work pants in the center of that Venn diagram.
Maxi skirts are such a cool and unexpected choice in a work environment, mostly because they're associated with more carefree archetypes. Lately, though, maxis have been popping up in thicker materials and streamlined shapes that look work-appropriate. Wear them layered with your blazers, sweaters, and button-downs, and polish off the look with a fresh pair of loafers.
Wake up late? A long sweaterdress is a must for all my habitually late risers. Add a pair of square-toe boots, and you'll look even more polished than your early rising co-workers.
I just love this outfit. Pleated skirts can either be dressed up with a blouse or down with a simple crew-neck sweater or T-shirt (as pictured).
Dresses are so easy to put on and go in the winter. Maximize the wearing potential of each dress by simply adding different sweaters on top. If you invest in your sweater game, you might be able to get away with wearing the same dress two to three times a week! We work smarter not harder around here.
Leather is the newest member of the business-casual club. Let's so give her the warm welcome she deserves and dress her up with a maxi dress and a waist-cinching belt.
We may have the Olsen twins to thank for elevating oversize basics and making them acceptable work attire.
Before we get too excited, not all jumpsuits are appropriate for work. Look for tailored and structured jumpsuits that approximate other tailored classics you'd wear.
Balance out the casual vibes of a quilted vest by pairing it with tailored trousers.
We all have a stack of pencil skirts that we never wear because they can feel a little racy worn alone. Tone down the Jessica Rabbit energy by wearing them with a trench coat and loafers.
The T-shirt-and-jeans outfit of the bunch, this one's an easy classic to repeat over and over again.
Now that our weekend and weekday closets are married, invest in elevated basics that will work 24/7/365.