12 Ways To Look More Stylish At The Office

We recently asked for career advice from fashion editors at the world’s top magazines, and one tip from Mary Kate Steinmiller, the Senior Fashion Market Editor at Teen Vogue, stuck in our head: “Be the editor-in-chief of your own role, in how hard you work, how professional you act, and how well you dress.” Clearly qualities like a dogged work ethic and professionalism will get you far, but what you wear also makes a major impact on your success. Accordingly, we thought we’d round up inspirational ways to take your work ensembles to the next level. Are you ready to be the best dressed in the office? Click through for our transformative tips!

Tip 1: Inject color into your look by matching your pout to your pumps.



Jessica Alba’s neutral Nina Ricci coat and sweater was brightened by the addition of bubblegum pink heels and lips.

​Get The Look: Nasty Gal Lamis Pumps ($58)

Tip 2: Pinstripes are a professional print, plus, they’ll instantly lengthen your frame.


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Nothing says power player like a pinstripe. Think of them like a neutral and feel free to pair with other prints and statement pieces.

​Get The Look: Ralph Lauren Pinstriped Wide-Leg Pants ($179)

Tip 3: Liven up 9-to-5 basics with statement outerwear.



Diane Kruger’s understated Chloe Lace-Sleeve Blouse ($1395) and Chanel skirt were punched up by a printed Stella McCartney Frederica Coat ($1200).

​Get The Look: Hemishphere Puffer Jacket ($72)

Tip 4: Swap out your blazer for a trend-conscious biker jacket.


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No need to always play it safe—add a little edge to your uniform. Jamie Chung worked the look with her BCBG Tess Striped Jacket ($398) and Paige Paloma Faux Leather Leggings ($249).

​Get The Look: Rebecca Minkoff Printed Crepe Wes Moto Jacket ($159)

Tip 5: Challenge yourself to not wear any black. Your outfit will look instantly ready for spring.


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Ban black for a day, and instead introduce an airy floral to your outfit, like Gisele Bundchen’s Zara pants. Extra points for following Bundchen’s lead with a bright sandal like her red Dolce & Gabbana heels.

​Get The Look: Dorothy Perkins Floral Printed Skinny Pants ($14)

Tip 6: An impressive bag can transform your entire look.


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Dress up basics with a standout purse such as Laura Whitmore’s work-ready Warehouse satchel.

​Get The Look: Forever 21 Structured Faux Leather Tote ($30)

Tip 7: Opt for a refreshing white suit over more traditional navy and black.


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An all-white suit is the perfect canvas for your best accessories. We especially like how a white suit looks paired with a rich camel bag.

Tip 8: Show off a printed blouse with a short-sleeve shell.


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If you’re feeling extra daring, wear an embellished shell over a patterned blouse, like Solange Knowles did in Noon by Noor.

​Get The Look: J. Crew Collection Embellished Poplin Shell ($170) in Navy

Tip 9: Tap into your sporty side (and simultaneously slim your silhouette) with a side-stripe pant.


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For a sophisticated effect, limit your outfit to a duo-tone color palette like Olivia Palermo’s Tibi sweater and Hudson Leeloo Super Skinny Crop Jeans ($129).

​Get The Look: Old Navy The Pixie Tuxedo-Stripe Ankle Pants ($25)

Tip 10: Sneak strappy heels past HR by pairing with conservative pieces.


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You can get away with shoes like Nikki Reed’s Casadei heels if you balance them with office staples, like her Rebecca Minkoff Della Leather-Panel Pencil Skirt ($121).

​Get The Look: Nine West Melancholy Strappy Heels ($99)

Tip 11: Trade in your standard pencil skirt for an asymmetrical wrap skirt.


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Basics, like Victoria Beckham’s Chanel sweater, feel fresh when paired with an unexpected skirt.

​Get The Look: Club Monaco Lula Asymmetrical Wrap Skirt ($150)

Tip 12: Bring your jumpsuit up to dress code by topping it with a smart blazer.


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Taylor Schilling’s striped Theory blazer not only creates visual interest, but also lends a professional air to her black jumpsuit.

​Get The Look: The Limited Striped One Button Blazer ($80)

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