Make a good impression in stylish work apparel this fall. There are plenty of options when it comes to business-casual apparel for the autumn season. We’ve put together some outfit ideas that are elegant and comfortable to wear to the office, so you can look and feel your best at work.
One or more pairs of dress pants will be a versatile option for any office wardrobe. Flat-front slacks are flattering for every body type and come in all sizes. Look for a cotton/polyester blend fabric for a soft feel and easy care. Pants made from this fabric are wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable, which are both welcome qualities to have in a pair of work pants.
Slacks with front and rear pockets are dressy enough for the office yet casual enough for weekend wear. Another feature to look for when choosing dress pants for work is a contoured waistband, which prevents gapping in the back when you sit down.
Another pant style that’s office-appropriate is the pencil pant. These cotton pants are infused with spandex for a structured look with moderate stretch. The hip and thigh of these pants are fitted, with slight tapering down the leg. Fitted pants like these are ideal for wearing with tunics, which fall past the hip for plenty of coverage.
Both of these pant styles pair well with dress shirts. You can opt for a solid white Oxford or a light blue color for a traditional style. Button-down shirts can be accessorized with fashion scarves or a tie, or you can lend a high-end touch to your look with a statement necklace. A keyhole blouse in a silky fabric is another option that complements any type of dress pants.
Skirts are another workwear option for your fall wardrobe. Pencil skirts are always on-trend for the office, but you can also go for a midi skirt in a flowy fabric. Maxi skirts can even be worn to work, especially if you choose a neutral color like black or navy and wear matching dress shoes.
When it comes to tops that you can wear with skirts, the possibilities are unlimited. Any dress shirt or blouse that goes with slacks can also be paired with a skirt. Oxford shirts and other button-down styles are comfortable and formal, while knit pullover tops have a more relaxed look without being too casual.
Turtlenecks go with almost any skirt style, and you can layer them under sweaters for more warmth. Wear a cashmere turtleneck with a wool-blend skirt for a dressy style. Or pair a cardigan sweater over a turtleneck with a mid-length skirt and boots for a look that’s suitable for the office and stylish enough for dinner after work.
Skirts and tops are a fashion combo that’s easy to mix and match. Any tops that look good with dress pants can usually be worn with a skirt or skort.
Women’s dresses are always appropriate for work. Go for a versatile sheath dress if you want a style that goes with almost everything. Sheath dresses are simple yet elegant. They make an excellent backdrop for bold necklaces and scarves. You can wear one beneath a blazer with matching heels for the look of a power suit or with a long cardigan for a look that combines formal and casual fashion elements.
There are fit-and-flare dresses that you can wear to the office. Although this dress style can be considered casual, it’s easy to make it dressy enough for work. Women’s blazers are an excellent accompaniment to fit-and-flare dresses, or you can opt for a cashmere cardigan. A pair of dressy flats or heels finish the look and adds professional polish.
Another option is the cowl-neck sweater dress. You’ll find it in sizes to fit every body and various color options. This dress style can be worn to work with heels or flats, especially if you layer it under a blazer or cashmere cardigan. However, it’s versatile enough for date night when worn with a denim jacket and calf-high boots.
A discussion about fall workplace fashion isn’t complete without a mention of the capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is one that’s built around classic apparel pieces that you can mix and match. For example, yours might contain slacks and skirts in versatile neutrals such as black, navy, charcoal, and taupe—along with an array of white, black, and gray women’s blouses. From there, you can add accent pieces, such as a brightly patterned scarf or oversize handbag in a vibrant hue.
It’s easy to create plenty of workplace outfits with a few key items. You can also integrate items you already have into your fall wardrobe, such as summer tops layered under sweaters. Play around with different pairings to find the work outfits that make you feel best.