6 High-fashion trends you can rock at work

Sep 14, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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While not all high-fashion looks can segue from the runway to the workplace, you don't have to relegate yourself to a life of no-frills office attire. Give your wardrobe a promotion by tweaking these six sartorial trends.

1. Head-to-toe floral

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Gucci and Valentino are just two of the many designers embracing the freshness of allover florals in their fall collections. While bold blooms à la couture could be hard to pull off around the water cooler, a subdued print like one of these will amp up your 9-to-5 style. Cover bare arms with a crisp blazer to polish off this office-appropriate look.

2. Wide-leg trousers

Wide-leg pants

Although this billowy silhouette intimidates most women, it's proving to be a perennial runway favorite. Here's why: When done right, wide-leg pants are the perfect marriage of couture and comfort. Hello! That essentially sums up every woman's dream work wardrobe. Give it a go by starting with a great pair of wide-leg black trousers. You can add contrast with heels in a bright hue or elongate your legs by opting for black pumps. You'll want to keep your top — and perhaps boyfriend blazer — structured or streamlined to steer clear of sloppy. A graphic silk blouse will do the trick and add interest to boot.

3. Babydoll dresses

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From Prada to Chanel, fall collections are giving fashion hounds a major sweet tooth thanks to candy-colored fabrics and sweet shapes. To pull this sugary style off in the workplace, add a cardigan and find a dress with a knee-length (or just above it) hemline. If you're concerned you'll come off as too coquettish, opt for an elegant pair of flats as opposed to heels and keep makeup soft yet refined.

4. Slouchy pants

Slouchy pants

Much like wide-leg trousers, slouchy pants continue to show up on runways from New York to Milan. And it may come as a shock, but this style is alarmingly easy to pull off. Really, it is! Fit is important — you don't want to look too slouchy — so start with a well-cut pair like one of these. Then build on the look with a tailored blazer, some power pumps in a punchy color and a sleek top. Voilà — you're rocking cubicle couture.

5. '70s boho

70's BOHO

Gauzy gowns, eclectic prints and ethnic appeal are just a few of the hallmarks of this season's ubiquitous '70s boho style. A carefully selected boho piece will give you that globe-trotting appeal in spades. Besides, you can never go wrong with DVF, ladies. To give the look workplace polish, you can add a cardigan with a thin leather belt or grab a blazer and go. (Yes, another blazer! A good blazer is a wardrobe wizard.)

6. A jumpsuit

Pantsuit

With just one of these fun pieces you can cover quite a few fall fashion trends: the jumpsuit, cropped pants and a vintage print. While wearing a jumpsuit in the workplace isn't for everyone — this style tends to fall into the love it or leave it category with little gray area — it is a refreshingly unfussy option for the office. It needs very little added in the way of styling and you won't spend all day struggling with an uncooperative blouse. Just be sure to seek out a style that is tailored well and pair it with simple accessories.

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