For the past year or more, many people have been working from home. As summer gives way to fall, workers are also beginning to transition back to the office—some full time, others as part of a hybrid model. If you’ve spent these last 12-plus months working in sweats, loungewear, or even pajamas, read on for some suggestions for simple office outfits for the fall season that will help you get back into “in-person” mode.
It’s easy to put together a simple office outfit by starting with that ever-popular basic: jeans. Jeans come in many styles—skinny, boot cut, wide leg—so you’re sure to find a pair that fits you, whether you’re a regular, tall, petite, or plus size. You can always wear jeans with a T-shirt, but if you want a slightly more put-together look that is more appropriate for the office, try women’s oxford shirts. These button-down shirts are easy to care for and come in solids, stripes, and other patterns.
Opt for a pair of women’s black jeans in the latest wide-leg style; then, for an effortlessly chic look, go monochromatic and wear them with your favorite black top. Pair with leather or suede ankle booties in black to finish, or if you want a pop of color, choose red or purple. Given that’s it’s fall, keep a cardigan handy for those cooler days. You can keep with the black-on-black look or choose a sweater with a pattern to add even more color.
If your office dress code doesn't permit jeans, women’s cropped pants are a great alternative. You can wear them with pretty much any top you’d wear with jeans, which makes ankle pants versatile as well as flattering. Pair khaki crops with a chambray shirt, or wear your patterned ankle pants with a ¾-sleeve boatneck shirt in a complementary solid color. For fun, tie a silk or chiffon scarf around your neck and throw on a pair of hoop earrings. If your taste runs to a more classic style, rock a sweater twin set—a matching sleeveless shell and cardigan. Finish your look with a pair of loafers or ballet flats. If you plan on going from work to dinner with friends, swap out your flats for heels; the result is an instant transition from business casual to restaurant chic.
Leggings have replaced jeans in many women’s closets, and for a good reason. They’re comfortable and come in a variety of styles, colors, patterns, and lengths. For fall, skip the cotton blends and opt for corduroy leggings. The heavier weight will keep you warmer not only in fall but also during those colder winter months. Moreover, the vertical texture lengthens the leg and has a slimming effect, as well, making them super flattering.
Leggings are best worn with a tunic top. The longer length will cover your behind, which is more business appropriate, even in the most casual of offices. As with jeans, you can opt for a monochromatic look and choose a top the same color as your leggings, or you can go with a pattern, such as a vertical stripe, a ditsy floral, or a cheerful plaid. Leggings also look great with pullover sweaters; however, you’ll want a longer length for coverage. For jewelry, wear shorter chains if your top has an open collar. Otherwise, opt for longer necklaces. You can even layer a few necklaces of varying lengths.
A T-shirt dress is perfect if you want a simple office outfit. These dresses are available in a variety of dress and sleeve lengths. Wearing a T-shirt dress is like painting on a blank canvas. The dress’s simplicity allows you to style it in countless ways. For autumn, try a midi dress with ¾-length sleeves. You can add a belt for extra definition at the waist, or drape a scarf over your shoulders for some additional texture. If you need to meet with a client, just throw a blazer over your dress. Accessorize your dress with a statement necklace and a few bangle bracelets. When it comes to footwear, you have just as much flexibility. Flats, heels, boots, ankle booties—you can rock any of these with a T-shirt dress. If you’re in a playful mood—yes, even if you’re heading to the office—wear your dress with a pair of white platform sneakers and finish the look with a denim jacket.
These simple office looks are suitable for fall, but they can be adapted to any season. So, as you find yourself heading back to the office, you’ll know that you look your best as you greet both coworkers and clients.