Getting dressed for work can get stale fast, and if your office errs on the more conservative side, you’re probably already lost in a monotonous sea of white button-downs and black trousers. If you find yourself constantly praying for the weekend just so you can finally wear something interesting, it’s time to consider investing in a few work coordinates.
We’re not talking about a basic black suit here. Take a cue from Gigi and Solange and think bright and patterned with off-beat tailoring and details. In the spirit of mixing things up, we’ve collected nine work coordinates that look polished but never boring.
When the job calls for a tailored suit, rely on color for a fresh take. This pretty pastel suit can go from soft to hard-edged with the right accessories.
A flowing midi skirt and silk button-down mirror the polish of a sharp suit but still let you breathe.
River Island’s color-blocked duster-and-pant combo is a chic way to venture into color without going off the rails.
This coordinate combo is made from silk, so you won’t be dripping buckets of sweat during your daily commute. Wear it with loafers during the day and swap out strappy sandals at night.
If you can’t pry yourself away from neutrals, try coordinates with interesting details and shapes like this drapey pajama-inspired set from Zara, complete with a cool stitched finish.
To avoid looking like Beetlejuice, pair this bold suit with a black-silk cami and simple single-strap heels.
To get the most out of your work wardrobe, try coordinates that can make a statement either together or apart. This poplin top would look great layered underneath a denim pinafore.