From a boardroom-ready blazer to your most professional pumps, there’s no doubt that certain pieces in your wardrobe make you feel professional, put together and powerful. Luckily, pulling traditionally office-only pieces into everyday street wear is a popular trend taking root. When you feel strong and capable in your outfit, anything is possible. Elevate your out-of-the-office apparel with the four pieces below, along with styling suggestions for how to wear them.
Try a Pop of a Power Hue
Bright colors command power. In the office, playing with a majorly pigmented piece is a way to bring yourself attention. For this season, we love bright purple, like this surprisingly wearable skirt from Asos. You can tone down the dressiness with a basic tee or a simple tank, or try it knotted for a truly effortless street look. Pair it with sneakers to make it extra casual.
Dressier work shoes don’t have to be paired only with formal skirts and trousers. You can easily wear them with jeans, leggings or even short mini dresses when you’re out on the town. They’re a nice alternative to sneakers, which had their big moment a few seasons ago. We like them because they’re flat and easy to get around in, but still add a fun element to a simple outfit. Try these with a pair of boyfriend or skinny jeans, a cable-knit sweater and a trench.
Prints are a fun way to play with work clothes, which can sometimes feel stuffy. During work hours, pair this top with a brightly hued pencil skirt. On nights and weekends, transform it into funky street wear by adding a pair of sandals and wearing a slip dress over it. You can also tuck it into jeans or pull it on over a pair of leggings.
Backpacks have been trending for a while, and this leather one is a style you can easily wear to the office or hit the streets with. It’s grown up but still very functional. We love swapping out a canvas tote with this bag to go to a yoga class or bum around with friends. Try it with a pair of leggings, an oversized sweater and a loafer for a casual dinner look too.
Andrea Kasprzak is a writer. She's fascinated by the imagination, folklore and fantasy, the healing power of art, and finding magic in the mundane. Her playbook, Imagination Transforms Everything, is forthcoming this spring from Seal Press/Hachette Book Group.