Rework your office style with winter’s best updates
This winter, don’t let office-appropriate dress codes stand in the way or your sartorial stardom. While it’s true, even confident dressers approach the morning ‘what to wear?’ routine with dread, facing your closet doesn’t have to feel like a walk to the boss’s office.
This season’s key new styles are workwear saviours. Think sophisticated fabrics like tweed, heritage prints, and voluminous wide-leg trousers. Whether you’re in a buttoned-up boardroom or a casual start-up, they’re the hero pieces that will polish in a pinch. Plus, they don’t require any extra effort so you can focus on what matters. And of course, look great doing it.
In greys, creams, and blues, the season’s checked jackets span from soft and subtle to loud and in charge. Forget any preconceived notions – these aren’t your gentleman’s club blazers. Like you, they’re modern and all about female empowerment. If you’re working in a traditional environment, opt for a full suit. It’s time to be bold. If your office is more relaxed feel free to treat your blazer like a separate. Team with denim or straight black pants for the perfect business-casual combo. Looking for an even brasher take? Try a retro oversized cut with sharp, strong shoulders.
With a cool nonchalance, tailored trousers instantly elevate. Find a structured pair with long, straight lines and ample room. They don’t just look great, but they’re relaxed and comfortable, too. The type of pants you can really get down to business in. Plus, the leg-lengthening silhouette is undeniably flattering. From casual slouchy tees to tissue turtlenecks and classic shirting, it’s hard to find a combo that doesn’t work with a wide-leg bottom. But pay attention to proportion and keep your top snug to balance out the generous shape.
At first, this romantic blouse may seem like it hits just one note, but don’t be fooled by the feminine undertone. The playful quality is surprisingly versatile and will work with just about anything in your closet. Layer one under a sleeveless dress for a Victorian charm, under a masculine blazer for contrast, or underneath your favourite V-neck. Depending on how you tie it, the look can continue to change. A full bow will signal elegance, looking pretty and pulled-together, while unbuttoned, slouchy styling feels a lot less refined.
Like Chanel’s classic cropped tweed, these jackets hold a natural sophistication. The weighty fabric is a perfect layer during winter days. For corporate settings, wear with timeless black pants. Versions that hit just above the waist work with roomier bottoms, like flowing wide-leg trousers. Creatives, with more relaxed cultures, can pair with a matching tweed skirt for a feminine, fashion-forward appeal.
A silk skirt might not seem like an obvious office choice, but rest assured, this winter it’s your freshest spin on the midi. Layer over tights and over-the-knee boots for a look that’s polished and professional. The best part? You’ll be warm when temperatures really start to dip. Silk scarf patterns, pleats, and A-line hems add even more interest. On the top, wear a light knit that falls just below your waist to keep the lines long and streamlined.
Sasha Johnson is a writer and content creator based in Toronto. Previously, she was the Manager of Digital Content at Holt Renfrew, where she led the luxury retailer’s integrated editorial and social media strategy. Her fashion, beauty, culture and lifestyle writing has appeared in Holt Renfrew’s print and digital publications, Elle Canada Magazine, and Coveteur, among other titles.