Published on october 16, 2017

Like a Boss: How to Dress for Work in 2017

written by Team thredUP

Gone are the days of power suits and shoulder pads. Now, it seems like every day is casual Friday at the office. Boots have replaced heels and denim has found a permanent home in our 9-5. But if you don’t have to follow a strict dress code, it’s hard to know what you should and shouldn’t wear. How casual is too casual? Can you wear your date night outfit during the day? Here’s our take: While you should always aim to look polished and put-together, take advantage of the looser rules to highlight your individual style. There’s no better way to feel confident on the job (besides being your smart self, obv) than by wearing clothes that you feel good in. Win at the work-wardrobe game and shop these seven essentials, stat.

The Timeless Blazer

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Ah…the versatility of the blazer. Layer over tees and jeans, sharpen up a feminine dress, or pair with your favorite trousers. From cropped and fitted to loose and oversized, try a few styles to see what suits you best. Look for velvet, tweed, or basic black for your fall edit.

The Pencil Skirt

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Drinks after work? This iconic style effortlessly goes from the boardroom to the bar. Just swap your daytime button-up for a tucked-in blouse. Add evening accessories like a sleek clutch, chunky bangles, and a pair of stilettos. Don’t overlook the pencil skirt for the weekend—it looks equally chic with a simple tee tucked-in and trainers.

The Work Pant

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There was a time when you had few options for “work pants.” You had your go-to black bootcut trousers and that was it. Now, there’s a range of styles to flatter all body shapes—sleek and skinny, wide-leg, straight-leg, bootcut, cropped and flared, even elastic-waist track-style pants. They’re like a blank canvas, so get creative with button-ups, blouses, sweaters, and more.

The Classic Button-up

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This is one staple we buy season after season and always pack in our getaway/business bags. Refresh your tried-and-true with classic styles from Vince, Banana Republic, LOFT, Eileen Fisher, Gap, and J.Crew. Wear it with your killer pencil skirt, top a pair of dark denim, double as a vacay cover-up. Possibilities…endless.

The Feminine Blouse

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If you want a less “buttoned-up” look than your button-up, try a feminine blouse. Popular styles right now are micro-florals, pussy-bow, animal prints, bright satin colors, and billowing sleeves. Blouses make the ultimate day-tonight transition.

The Shift Dress

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This classic dress style flatter every figure, with its forgiving silhouette and classic shape. If you already have a great LBD, look for riffs on traditional tailoring, pop colors, long sleeves, and a mini length to add some variety to your workweek.

The Hold-Everything Tote

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Going to work? Schelp your stuff in style. Find a generous-sized bag that comfortably fits your laptop, wallet, pouches, notebook, and personal items. There’s nothing worse than having things overflowing and not being able to find what you’re looking for. Depending on your needs, look for a roomy interior, interior pockets, and a nice lining.

What are your favorite wear-to-work styles? Tell us in the comments below!