Cool Outfits and Professional Outfits—They're Not Mutually Exclusive

Anna LaPlaca

Let’s face it—we’ve been told for too long that anything “office-appropriate” automatically has to coincide with plain, neutral, and an anything-but-cool approach. Frankly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. While there is certainly a range of work environments where the definition of “professional attire” ranges greatly, we’re here to prove that dressing professionally and dressing in something that’s exciting, fresh, and stylish can totally be one and the same.

Office attire is different for each office and each person. (See the outfits one editor swore by when she worked as an assistant). But on the whole, there are general rules to follow, like skipping too-short hemlines and tank tops in favour of tailored pieces. To give your 9-to-5 wardrobe a boost, think traditionally conservative silhouettes reimagined in of-the-moment pops of colour and print. But don’t just take it from us. Let the below outfits serve as all the proof you really need.

Need more work-related style inspiration? See what successful female professionals put on to make them feel their most powerful.

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