If you’ve perused the Internet anytime over the last year, you’ve seen think piece after think piece about the workplace uniform. Everyone from fashion magazine art directors to Mark Zuckerberg have embraced them. Why? Because it lessens the stress of morning decision-making and lets you use your mental energy solely on kicking ass at the office. Behold, 11 stylish ideas to consider rocking day in and day out.
A BUTTON-DOWN UNDER A SHEATH DRESS
For business-professional offices, you could wear a boring suit every day. Or you could try a slightly more comfortable route: the tweed jumper and starched shirt.
A BOXY BLOUSE AND CROPPED TROUSERS
If you’ve got some wiggle room in your dress code, start with a standard pant (like these sharp Glen plaid ankle crops) and add a little character with a trendy blouse (be that a boxy short-sleeve number or a silky one with a bow necktie).
A STRIPED BUTTON-DOWN AND BLACK PANTS
This is up to interpretation: jeans for a casual office or slacks for a stricter setting. The stripes will make you feel a touch more interesting.
A KNIT DRESS AND BLAZER
If ever there were a time to test out a weekday uniform, it’s while you’re pregnant. Save yourself from spending a fortune by investing in one solid outfit (a stretchy sweater dress and angular blazer, perhaps?) to wear the threads off of.
A DENIM SHIRTDRESS
This might be the most versatile thing in your whole closet. All you have to think about is accessories. Go bare-legged (with fun shoes!) in the summer. Then layer on a colored tee, dark tights and boots in the winter.
A PRINTED DRESS AND MILITARY JACKET
The typical idea behind the weekday uniform is to stick to basics (e.g., Zuckerberg’s gray tee and navy hoodie). But if you just can’t stay away from fun prints, find a floral dress you adore and ground it with an army-green canvas jacket. We promise: It’ll be something you’ll happily wear each day.
DENIM ON DENIM
Ladies in relaxed offices, a trendy double denim look might be your speed. Then you can shake it up with various jackets depending on the weather.
A NEUTRAL WRAP DRESS
Mark our words: This style is flattering on everyone. (No wonder DVF has made them for 42 years.) Just steer clear of bold prints you may tire of.
A STATEMENT BLAZER AND JEANS
If you’re in the creative field, take this opportunity to be known as the bad bitch in the Revolution-era jacket. If for any reason you need to ditch it, you still have a Steve Jobs-approved turtleneck underneath.
A LEATHER JACKET AND JEANS
The aforementioned look can also be achieved with your trusty leather moto. Bonus points for a monochromatic palette.
A COAT DRESS
The most fashion-forward of them all, this vintage-looking number isn’t the easiest to pull off. But it can be dressed up (with low pumps) or dressed down (metallic creepers) in a snap.