5 Unexpected Work Outfits with 5 Very On-Trend Pieces

The new power dressing—not a three-piece suit in sight.

Cue the praise-hands emoji: Office dress codes aren't nearly as stuffy as they used to be, which makes getting dressed each morning that much more fun. From pencil skirts to cool sneaks, these five wardrobe staples inspire an entire week's worth of effortless-yet-polished office looks that showcase your personality.

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Monday: The Pleated Midi-Skirt

Start the week off right: A classic ladylike silhouette—the full accordion skirt—feels modern in a rich metallic hue. Skip the expected silky blouse and rock it with a bold printed sweater and loafer-like slip-on sneaks instead. (Glam statement sunglasses optional.)


Toga Leopard Jacquard Knit Wool Blend Sweater, $425, nordstrom.com; Zara Pleated Midi Skirt, $69.90, zara.com; Calvin Klein Women's Jaiden Platform Sneakers, $119, macys.com; Gucci Sunglasses, $330, macys.com

Tuesday: The Leopard Flat

A sense of whimsy can help you power through a jam-packed Weekday #2. Pair an oxblood leather pencil skirt with a striped nautical-inspired sweater and animal-print flats for a surprisingly chic combination that works from 9AM all the way through happy hour.


Frame Le Cashmere Crewneck Sweater, $425, neimanmarcus.com; Cole Haan Dellora Skimmer Flat, $220, nordstrom.com; Zara Faux Leather Pencil Skirt, $39.90, zara.com; H&M Wool Blend Coat, $129, hm.com

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Wednesday: The Slip Dress

Hump Day can be a drag—all the more reason to throw on an easy-to-wear slip dress. Layer it underneath a cozy, chunky sweater for a pencil skirt effect. With patent leather booties, it doesn't get much simpler—or cuter—than that.


Vince Wool Blend Turtleneck Sweater, $281, nordstrom.com; Topshop Drape Back Satin Midi Slipdress, $95, nordstrom.com; Steve Madden Marissa Western Booties, $129.95, stevemadden.com

Thursday: The Statement Leather Jacket

When the end of the week is this close, why not get the party started early? Step into the office in a playful look that's as dressed down as it is dressed up, thanks to on-trend flatforms and a little bright leather jacket in a classic casual silhouette


Frame Le Shiny Leather Crop Jacket, $1,025, neimanmarcus.com; Self Portrait Maxine Floral Lace Mini Dress, $480, neimanmarcus.com; Prada Donna Flatform Sandal, $790, nordstrom.com

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Friday: The White Sneakers

Put an edgy spin on a preppy look to kick off the weekend. A mock turtleneck knit—layered over a tailored button-down—feels a lot less stuffy when paired with a glossy leather skirt and classic Chucks.


H&M Knit Mock Turtleneck Sweater, $24.99, hm.com; Oversized Poplin Shirt, $29.90, zara.com; Frame Le Shiny Leather Mini Skirt, $649, neimanmarcus.com; Converse Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneaker, $49.95, nordstrom.com



Fashion editor: India-Jewel Jackson; Stylist: Tiffani Chynel; Art director: Sonja Georgevich; Producer: Natalie Fine; Photographer: Ben Rayner; Hairstylist and makeup artist: Stephanie Nicole Smith.

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