Work-wear can be a huge challenge. You want to be trendy, but you don’t want to totally offend your boss by strolling in wearing a midriff-baring crop top and thigh-high boots. Reader Pauline C. asks, “What are some new items that I can add to my work wardrobe for fall that will still show personality and be on trend?" While baring midriff may not be the way to go, there are trendy pieces you can mix into your 9-to-5 outfit without getting called into HR.
Leather is a big trend for fall but you don't want to walk into work looking like a dominatrix. Keep your leather to one piece, like this camel-colored leather skirt with zip pockets. It's not too tight, which makes it office-appropriate. You can pair it with a chunky sweater on top, and accessorize with tights and booties to stay cozy for fall.
If the spring '14 shows were any indication, active-wear is becoming more and more normalized into our everyday looks. While it might be tough to make the sweats, T-shirt, and baseball cap work for your Monday to Friday, you can take some inspiration from active-wear, like these drawstring pants in this punchy papaya color. The fit is very sportswear-inspired and would look great in the office with a crisp button up and a pair of heels. The trick is to style it like you’re wearing them on purpose! It’s intentionally chic!
Camouflage is another big trend for fall, but instead of going straight to the army greens, try it in black and grays. This blouse would look great with a pair of plum-colored pants or a burnt-orange skirt.