Schoolchildren aren’t the only ones excited to be returning, refreshed from summer vacations, ready for a year of hard work. Office workers have much to be inspired by, especially judging from the fall runways. Many of this year’s hottest trends can be easily incorporated into the stodgiest of office wardrobes, and make you stand out like a star in a sea of drab shirts and pants. Need a little help with translating the runway into the office? We have you covered.
Asymmetry is back! While this style is not for everyone, a nice, crisp white shirt with an asymmetric ruffle adds a little bit of drama to an otherwise ordinary office outfit. Remember the rule of thumb when it comes to adding new elements: less is more. If you are wearing an asymmetric skirt, balance it with a streamlined top, and vice versa. Otherwise you risk looking way off-kilter.
Your Feet Will Thank You
Stilettos are evergreen – they’ll never go out of style, but that doesn’t mean you have to only stick with that particular silhouette all the time. This season’s hot new shape comes in the form of the stacked kitten heel. They are great because they give your feet plenty of support while looking stylish and modern at the same time. We are especially enamored of this cute pink Chanel felt pumps with the quilted heel.
Boring Tights Are Out, Cool Tights Are In
Bold, visually interesting are one of this season’s hottest trends, and one of its most practical, too. Most offices have policies against bare legs, and let’s face it, the colder weather will necessitate coverup. But coverup doesn’t have to mean boring nudes! Look out for bold patterns, interesting textures, and bright, intense hues from stores like Nordstrom, and pair them under knee-length skirts.
50 Shades Of Grey
What, you thought people were actually watching the movie or reading the book for its plot? While the movie and book themselves garnered lackluster reviews, its overwhelming popularity and influence are undeniable, and unshakeable. The movie inspired countless runways full of tasteful suits and skirts in every shade of grey imaginable. It is easily this season’s most translatable trend to the office.
As Vogue can attest, fringe is everywhere you look. It’s on skirts, shoes, and purses. The easiest, most affordable way to add a little fringe interest to your wardrobe? Just add a dramatic fringed purse to your everyday office wear. This boho look might not be the most practical to pull off, but it is definitely one of the most eye-catching ones, and will have you standing out from the office crowd.
With fall comes the advent of lengthier hemlines. Mini-skirts are fun and all, but they are not practical, and do not convey a message of professionalism when it comes to the office. This season, sweater and knit dresses reaching mid-calf or to the ankle, and flared skirts reaching below the the knee will bring both professionalism and trendiness to your work wardrobe.