What to Wear to the Office (PHOTOS)

what to wear work office

Dressing for work doesn’t have to be boring and serious! Since business casual is the most common dress code in today's workplace, you have a wider spectrum of clothes available when it comes to your business wardrobe. But as a busy working mom, you have little time to devote to what you wear every day -- so let’s make things as effortless as possible for you. 


Here’s my secret weapon for the working mom: the printed dress! Printed dresses are my favorite piece for professional moms because it’s an easy choice in an otherwise unpredictable morning routine. Reaching for a dress from your closet is one decision; you put it on, add tights, booties, and an accessory, and voilà, you’re dressed.

Wearing a dress can feel simultaneously powerful and feminine, but it has to be the right dress and, more importantly, the perfect fit. Fit is key with everything, but especially with a dress. Be sure to check the length -- is it too long? That will make you look dowdy. Is it too short? Definitely not work appropriate. When you put the dress on, do you fidget? That’s a deal breaker. If you feel uncomfortable in a dress, your discomfort shows up on your face, and you don’t want to look uneasy at work. It may take a few tries to get the right dress when shopping, but trust me, it’s worth the time investment because in the long run, it will make your mornings less stressful.

Below are two printed dresses for this week's style cheat sheet -- one budget friendly and one splurgier choice. I love the geometric patterns because they add a bold, artsy feel to the overall looks.

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Office, Budget Friendly

Our budget-friendly outfit starts with a Tahari scuba dress. Have you tried scuba material before? If not, you definitely should! The material is a bit thicker, giving the dress solid construction, which means any extra curves will be smoothed out -- and plus, it stays wrinkle-free when packed for a business trip. Having a dress with longer sleeves for the winter is essential. And if your office feels especially chilly, throw on a cardigan or black blazer as an extra layer. Add black tights with a pair of work appropriate black booties and a simple cuff bracelet on your wrist, and you are office ready.

what to wear office work

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Tahari Arthur S. Levine Printed Scuba Dress ($134, lordandtaylor.com); Open Metal Cuff in Gold ($24.95, solesociety.com); Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Item Top Zip Tote in Cherry/Gold ($198, macys.com); Classic Opaque Tights in Black ($5.80, forever21.com); Massimo Matteo Leather Suede Bootie ($149, zappos.com).

Office, Splurge Worthy

For our splurgier option, this Black Halo dress says “I’m a woman, I mean business, and I’m powerful.” This dress does all the work for you, so pair it with black tights and these gorgeous Vince Camuto black booties that you’ll wear all season long for both work and play. Your final steps are to put on the chunky gold cuff by Bauble Bar, throw your office gear into this navy tote by Tory Burch, kiss the children good-bye, and head confidently to the office in your power outfit.

what to wear office work

Shown above (clockwise from top left): Black Halo Marissa Sheath Dress ($345, bloomingdales.com); Pisa Cuff ($44, baublebar.com); Tory Burch Tote York Buckle in Tory Navy ($295, bloomingdales.com); Heattech Tights in Black ($12.90, uniqlo.com); Vince Camuto Assymetrical Bootie ($148.95, nordstrom.com).   


Images (clockwise from left) via bloomingdales.com; solesociety.com; bloomingdales.com; zappos.com; forever21.com 

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