“I would love to see your ideas for stylish workwear for the corporate office,” writes a reader who goes by MLP. “I know that’s not your wheelhouse, but I would love to see what you come up with.” This post is, in fact, so far out of my wheelhouse that I have avoided executing it for the longest time because I have so little experience in dressing for a true corporate environment (I’ve only ever worked places where jeans were permissible), and feel I have little to offer. But I’ve received so many requests for my take on this over the years that at last I’m giving in. What follows are pieces I would wear if I suddenly found myself working in an office office. For starters, I know for sure I’d wear a lot of button-downs because I own so many of them already, and they make me look put-together on days that I don’t especially feel that way.
Of course I have to throw on a few necklaces to keep the button-down from being too boring. Here’s one I’ve got my eye on.
Throw a blazer over almost anything and it becomes instantly office-worthy.
An interesting (but, as I always say, not too interesting) belt is a small, cool way to let a little of your personality shine through.
When I worked in offices, I wore a lot of dresses—mostly simple ones with something architecturally interesting going on, like this one.
I think you could get away with this in a more creative corporate environment (I’d probably add a cardigan).
I’d layer a shrunken leather jacket over this.
It’s on the investment-y side, but this dress makes such a statement and is really flatteringly cut.
And you couldn’t beat something like this on days when you want to look especially polished.