Look Great At Work

Wearing the same thing to work day in and day out can get boring. There are only so many pencil skirts one gal can own, and power pumps can take all the fun out of footwear. Before you resign yourself to an office-wear rut, we’re here to help inject some style and energy into your at-work wardrobe.

Trina Turk Bold Resin Petal Necklace in Cinnebar

Add accessories

A statement necklace can easily turn a simple white button-up blouse or collared shirt into a style showpiece. Especially on days where every outfit you put on just doesn’t feel right, accessories amp up your look minus the stress. For fall, choose pieces in gold with art deco shapes (as a nod to the season’s vintage shift) or stones in seasonal hues.

Our pick: Trina Turk Bold Resin Petal Necklace in Cinnebar, a rich, fall-ready red ($100).

Rebecca Minkoff Becky Vega Print Silk Blazer

Make it a blazer

Skip the staid navy blazer, and instead, opt for something in a brighter hue, or even a printed piece to really kick your office look up a few notches. If you’re wary of going too out-of-the-box for work, don’t be. You don’t have to stray too far outside of your comfort zone. There are lots of fun, fashionable options for fall that offer a more subtle way to change things up.

Our pick: Rebecca Minkoff Becky Vega Print Silk Blazer ($299). This one might be a splurge, but it’s a versatile, on trend piece that will make any office outfit pop.

Frye Miranda Lace Bootie

Focus on footwear

Even if you emerge from your closet feeling bored with your look, simply slipping into a fabulous pair of get-noticed heels can make an undeniable difference in your overall outfit. For this season, think about buying ankle booties, printed pumps and lace-up heels in fall hues like wine, caramel browns or forest green.

Our pick: Frye Miranda Lace Bootie in a rich cognac and distressed for an on trend vintage look ($198).

Juicy Couture V Neck Cardigan in a vibrant purple-pink

Get colorful

Say goodbye to boring outfits by adding a splash of color to anything you wear. Even an all-black ensemble gets a wake-up call with a bold patterned scarf, get-noticed bag or cute cardigan in a hue that stands out.

Our pick: Juicy Couture V Neck Cardigan in a vibrant purple-pink ($158). Wear this piece over a fitted tee with a classic pencil skirt and your favorite heels to give a pop of fun color to your look.

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Comments on "How to spice up your at-work wardrobe"

Katie October 21, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Blazers and accessories are the way to go! I have a few staple pieces in my wardrobe, and am constantly changing out my accessories to make the outfit look new and different!

Lauren October 17, 2012 | 1:57 PM

Thanks! I really like the idea of adding a bold piece to a regular outfit. Wearing a bright blue jacket or scarf really turns an ordinary outfit into something great.

Erin October 17, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Thanks for this. It's so easy to get in a rut when it comes to work fashion. These are great ideas for sprucing up your outfits a bit without having to buy a whole new wardrobe. Thanks!

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