6 Chic Office-Appropriate Outfits to Return to Work in Style

Forgot how to dress for in-person professional settings? Let Sydney’s street style crew guide you in making a stylish return.

Last week at Sydney Fashion Week, the sartorial set flocked to the Resort 2022 shows. And because it’s winter down there, street style photos revealed showgoers sporting layers and sharp but soft tailoring combined with smart, commuter-friendly accessories. For us back in New York, the images served as the ultimate inspiration for our imminent return to the office this fall.

There were plenty of tailored trousers, a relaxed yet polished look that bodes well for a comfortable transition out of work from home, and a handful of lovely oversized blazers—a true office staple. And per those down in Sydney, we don’t have to give up our leggings just yet, so long as we choose a more elevated pair like one with slits on the hem. On the accessory front, chic, oversized tote bags that can also carry your laptop are a must and sneakers are still cool, especially when paired with a striped blouse and white pants. Block heel and slingback pumps are also making a triumphant return.

If you’re not quite ready to return to the office, these put-together looks might just make you feel differently. Whether you’re going in a few days a week or plan to make a full return come fall, let the Sydney Fashion Week street style stars be your guide to showing up in style.

Photographed by Dan Roberts

Transitional Styling

With the addition of a chic blazer and long skirt, summertime accessories like canvas beach carryalls and strappy sandals can be office-appropriate. Bonus points if your tote can fit your laptop!

Anine Bing Quinn blazer

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Hereu Calella large bicolor tote bag


Anine Bing Bar silk skirt

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By Far Desiree black creased leather thong sandals

$425BY FARShop Now
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Commuter Cool

Get back to basics in a pair of trousers, commuter-friendly sneakers, a button-up shirt, and a trench coat—a stylish combination of on-the-go wardrobe staples.

Uniqlo women's oversized trench coat

$80$60UNIQLOShop Now

Everlane clean silk relaxed shirt

$105EVERLANEShop Now

Cos high-waisted paperbag pants

$115COSShop Now

Nike DBreak women's shoe

$90$67NIKEShop Now
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Running Late?

A sweater, trouser, and a pair of classic pumps is an effortless outfit formula to have on hand for those mornings that just don’t go your way.

Naadam the essential cashmere sweater

$75NAADAMShop Now

Kate Spade Knott AirPods Pro case


Pixie Market Jaime grey trousers


Bottega Veneta almond pumps

$890Shop Now
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Dress to Impress

Add a little oomph to the no-fail black suit by playing with proportions. An oversized blazer and slick, split hem leggings should do the trick.

The Row Obine crepe blazer

$2,390NET-A-PORTERShop Now

Zara slit ribbed leggings

$30ZARAShop Now

Karen Wazen Kenny sunglasses

$140SHOPBOPShop Now

Saint Laurent metal toe blade slingback pump

Photographed by Dan Roberts

Temperature Controlled

Arctic-like air conditioning in the office? Layer your knit lounge pants from the work-from-home days under crisp poplin dresses for a smart, layered look.

Tory Burch artist button-front tiered dress


Bottega Veneta Mount leather envelope bag


Simon Miller Cyrene rib-knit pants


See By Chloe Hella python-print sandals

Photographed by Dan Roberts

Casual Fridays

You can’t go wrong at work in a pair of tailored, pleated trousers; add a leather belt and a tucked-in t-shirt for a more casual take on the office wardrobe classic, and don’t forget your phone.

Madeworn Rock Beach Boys crew tee

$160SHOPBOPShop Now

iPhone 12 Pro Max leather case with MagSafe

$59APPLEShop Now

Treasure & Bond oval buckle leather belt


Aexae pleated linen straight-leg trousers


This story originally appeared on: Vogue - Author:Madeline Fass

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