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Top 4 at-work items for looking professional

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

On-trend office attire

If you work at an office, you know how important it is to look polished and professional. But it’s not always easy to put together the perfect at-work wardrobe. Whether you’re bored with your current crop of office staples or you’re not sure what you need to look your best on the job, we have the pieces you need to impress and look professional.
Woman wearing tuxedo jacket to work

Statement jacket

A statement jacket is that perfect work item that adds some serious fun to your office wardrobe. It gets noticed without taking away from the overall professionalism of your look. Think about opting for something that can add interest to an otherwise neutral outfit and take your office basics (pencil skirts, tailored trousers) to new heights. Rock a statement jacket like Blake Lively has recently, with three styles inspired by the chic fashionista.

  • Sass up the office by pairing a tuxedo jacket (ASOS.com, $108) with a fitted top and a black pair of skinny pants.
  • Walk away from the conventional by pairing a solid, neutral colored dress with a jacket that has a pop of bold color, like this one from Quincy (quincyapparel.com, $228).
  • The perfect pairing comes in the form of a dark pair of skinny jeans with a statement jacket with bold, eye-catching detailing, like this one from H&M (hm.com, $30).
Power pumps

Power pumps

Lead your creative team to a winning client pitch with your best shoe forward – the perfect power pump. And to draw the right amount of attention to your shoes, make sure to think color contrast when choosing your outfit. That ensures that your pumps pop as you blaze through the work day. We love this pair of navy suede pumps with a round toe and wooden stacked heel (couture.zappos.com, $450). Pair with a gray pencil skirt and you're set to look fabulous all day.

Bold pencil skirt

Bold pencil skirt

Pencil skirts need not be boring. This office favorite can also be taken up a few notches with color. A pencil skirt in a great hue brings a touch of confident femininity to the workplace. Tuck in a simple conservative blouse to show off your curves elegantly, and make sure you wear heels to lengthen your legs for the perfect symmetry. The No. 2 pencil skirt from J. Crew comes in a variety of hues, including blue, yellow, pink and jade (jcrew.com, $110).

Structured statement bag

Structured statement bag

Structured statement bags can be both a practical and stylish addition to your office wardrobe. Take a cue from our favorite celeb entrepreneur Victoria Beckham and carry a bag that gets noticed – in a good way. We suggest opting for a mid-size style (big enough for your essentials but not so big it overwhelms your look) in a rich shade like plum, chocolate brown or deep burgundy. We love the size and versatility of this woven leather, structured cross body bag (jildorshoes.com, $285).

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