5 Work Outfits That Are Anything But Blah

During the winter months, there comes a time when it's too cold to really care about what we're wearing each day. You know, those moments where reaching for yet another hoodie-and-jeans combination, or that same black turtleneck, seems like the only option. Though it just snowed in New York City (and our beat-up snow boots are still on-duty) come spring (which, really, should only be weeks away), we're ready to get back on-track when it comes to putting together some pretty damn good outfits for the office.
Now that it's no longer pitch black in the early morning and the sun is starting to set later, let's make a pact to reintroduce some creativity into our daily repertoire. Since it's almost time to dust off those chunky heels and floral dresses, let's get the ideas flowing with these five totally un-boring work outfits ahead. We promise, there's a light at the end of this winter tunnel, and at it is a skirt-suit calling your name.
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The skirt suit is back, people. For something that feels sophisticated, but still springy and fresh, opt for a refreshing light blue hue, instead of an expected black, navy, or gray. Finish the outfit off by adding a contrasting bold striped top underneath, some pale-yellow heels (that offer color, without being too bright), and a fun pair of specs (whether you actually need them or not, who cares!?). This is the kind of look that'll make people smile when they walk into the conference room.

Topshop Tailored Suit Jacket, $125, available at Topshop; Topshop Tailored Skirt, $60, available at Topshop; Warby Parker Silvan, $95, available at Warby Parker; Michael Kors Collection Striped Stretch Cotton-blend Poplin Shirt, $495, available at Net-A-Porter; Mercedes Castillo Atia Mid, $350, available at Mercedes Castillo.
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Spice up your go-to blouse-and-pants combo with unexpected hardware and pops of color. Opt for slacks with ring zippers, a splashy, embellished bag, and colorful mules.

MCM Milla Cyber Studs Tote, $1,195, available at MCM; Mango Poplin Blouse, $49.99, available at Mango; Pixie Market Pull Ring Zipper Black Pants, $116, available at Pixie Market; Loeffler Randall Lulu Mule, $350, available at Loeffler Randall; Melissa Joy Manning 3 Inch Large Feather Silver Earrings, $75, available at Melissa Joy Manning.
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We know a floral dress can feel ultra-predictable, but at the start of the warm-weather season, we have to welcome it the only way we know how. Opt for a unique tunic-style number that's structured but still breathable, and top it off with some transitional outerwear in a bold shade. As for accessories, keep things practical: A sleek tote, nude (but funky) pumps, and simple gold jewelry will do just the trick.

Zara Printed Tunic with Knot, $69.90, available at Zara; Manolo Blahnik Scipios, $845, available at Farfetch; Soko Knotted Twist Earring, $68, available at Soko; Charles & Keith Structured Tote, $79, available at Charles & Keith; Acne Studios Lucie Twill Trench Coat, $900, available at MatchesFashion.
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When you can (finally!) ditch a jacket altogether, try layering a light sweater under a jumpsuit for an unexpected 9-to-5 (and 5-to-9) pairing. Add a stark white brogue on bottom, a classic bucket bag, and some party-ready earrings, and you'll be able to go straight from the office to post-work, outdoor hang time with ease.

Ulla Johnson Zoe Jumpsuit, $310, available at Net-A-Porter; J.Crew Boatneck T-shirt in Vintage Stripe, $39.50, available at J.Crew; Rachel Comey Bentley, $380, available at Rachel Comey; Adornmode Gaven Gold Twist Earrings, $70, available at Adornmode; Cuero & Mor Black Mini Bucket, $465, available at Cuero & Mor.
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For casual Fridays, step into some fresh spring denim (peek that ankle detailing) and take the corset trend for a spin by layering it over a poplin top. Minimal jewels and a classic mid-height bootie help balance out this trend-driven look.

Warehouse Fold-up Jean, $105, available at Warehouse; Babaton Niki Blouse, $110, available at Artizia; Wilfred Audra Corset, $50, available at Aritzia; Archive Shoes The Greenwich Boot, $398, available at Archive Shoes; Alison Lou Small Enamel Band, $455, available at Alison Lou.

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