Heading back to the office this fall? It’s time to give your closet the memo and refresh your 9-to-5 rotation. While many things have changed over the past few years, one thing remains the same: the challenge of choosing workwear that reads professional, but looks stylish too. (If you’ve ever opened a closet full of nothing to wear on a Monday morning, you know the feeling.)
But before you go overhauling your entire wardrobe with new workwear, read on—our team of expert Stylists are sharing their top 5 hard-working staples that’ll have your office fashion set for success.
1. Button-down shirt
Crisp, classic and equipped with that magical goes-with-everything factor, a button-down is the kind of everyday staple you’ll want to own in multiples. It doesn’t take much effort to make this tailored top look chic—just tuck it into wide-leg trousers (or denim when casual Friday rolls around), step into polished loafers and you’re well on your way to office style hero.
2. Sleek pencil skirt
Presenting our kind of bottom line: a chic pencil skirt. Next time you’re wondering what to wear to the office, your best bet is to start right here. The sophisticated cousin of the classic a-line skirt is destined for water-cooler compliments, especially with a slim-fitting knit tank & ultra-polished pumps.
3. Tailored blazer
An all-business blazer is the kind of power piece that radiates boss energy. Stitch Fix Stylist Alicia L. pegs the season’s “longer lengths and oversized fits” as ones to add to your Monday-Friday closet—just add bootcut denim and a floral top for a promotion-worthy ensemble. Abiding by a business-casual dress code? Dress down the versatile layer with a tee, denim and commuter-cool kicks to nail the casual workwear vibe. However you wear a tried-and-true blazer, we know you’ll work it.
4. Printed sheath dress
Refreshing your cache of dresses? A fitted, printed dress is the failproof silhouette you need. This sleek silhouette really makes patterns pop—it’s a dress that’ll impress every time. As for ways to wear it, leg-elongating pointed-toe boots are a natural choice. And you’ll want to top it off with a structured jacket—especially when your commute.
5. Perfect-fitting pants
Returning to the office means trading in your WFH joggers (which still have a rightful place in the world, from 5 to 9 p.m.) for workwear that’s a little more polished. The good news is, you can file the season’s wide-leg trousers under “comfortable work clothes,” with a relaxed fit that rivals the feel of your go-to lounge pants. Paired with classic crewneck sweaters and modern ankle booties, they’re ready to take on everything from A.M. coffee meetings to P.M. presentations. Sweatpants, who?
Get styled by Stitch Fix for work
Let our Stylists help promote your style for work this fall, whether you’re heading back to the office or getting down to business from home. Take your style quiz, schedule a Fix and get ready to receive an array of workwear that fits your unique taste. Try on your new casual work clothes in the comfort of your own home. Pay for what you love, and send back the rest. Shipping and returns are always free, and there’s no subscription required. You focus on earning that promotion, we’ll take care of the shopping.