4 Unapologetically Feminine Work Outfits

Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Stroll through the wear-to-work section of most women's clothing stores, and you'll see firsthand how much menswear has influenced in-office style standards for us non-men. And although we love the modern takes on suiting that we've seen strut down the past few seasons' runways, spring has us craving florals, softer silhouettes, and other less-buttoned-up fare. So it's worth saying that dressing in a way that, traditionally, has been regarded as distinctly feminine can be just as empowering as tucking in yet another sharply pressed dress shirt. (Whatever feels true to you, we say.)

Inspired by DVF’s fiercely feminine spring/summer collection, we’re giving you the styling ideas you need to dress like a girl — rather, a top-class professional who happens to be one — at the office and beyond. Ahead, see how to “dress for the job you want” while embracing your inclination (whether unabashed or waiting to be tapped) towards fluid fabrics, typically womenswear-specific detailing, and pieces that flatter your body instead of hiding it. Nope, we've never been so excited for Monday, either.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Layer in a flirty top.
Thinking outside the box will take you far in your career — starting with this creative layering trick. To make a skimpier bodysuit SFW, slip it over a slim, sleeveless turtleneck and pair with impeccably tailored pants. (A delicate textured pattern ensures these snow-white ones could never be mistaken for menswear.)

Vintage top and bodysuit.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Take a calculated (color) risk.
White trousers may make for a statuesque look, but a much bolder hue can leave just as memorable an impression. A pop-colored, ladylike satchel exudes confidence and looks chic as heck when out to lunch.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Don a deal-closing combo.
With so much of your decision-making energy devoted to your actual job, it's easy to default to the most straightforward of office-outfit formulas. But you can still turn up the fashion dial by updating the staples therein. Swap in the latest iteration of a classic, pretty-printed wrap dress — a style that's symbolized female independence since it reached iconic status in the '70s — and let it shine through a trendier, translucent version of the tried-and-true trench. A colorful silk scarf compounds the attention-commanding effect.

Vintage coat and scarf.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Exercise your accessories expertise.
Jewelry beyond simple pearl studs may have once been considered distracting, but you know that self-expression can be a solid way to stand out at work. A polished ear cuff speaks to your exemplary taste and is just daring enough to spark conversation.

Vintage coat and earrings.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Bare a little — HR-friendly — leg.
One of the more womanly ways we like to experiment with our work wardrobe is to play with hemlines. Like in yoga, you can always find the variation that works for you — a.k.a. your company's dress code — whether it's a midi-skirt, lower-thigh-baring shift, or, for really progressive environments, shorts (gasp). Balance out a show of skin with a more generously cut, soft-edged blazer up top; then round things out with a demure neckline and curve-emphasizing belt.

Vintage jacket, top, and belt.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Dig your heels in.
If the main thing you look for in your Monday-to-Friday footwear is comfort, we hear you. But, we promise, there's room in your rotation of loafers, lace-ups, and startup-friendly sneakers for a sleeker pair of shoes, too. A sturdy heel like this one is supportive (ensuring your presentation-giving power stance is on point), and a python print acts as an interesting neutral for an overall more alluring outfit element.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Dress for success.
Who says your outfit has to be rooted in by-the-book workwear at all? If there’s one rule of business, it’s that sometimes you have to go all in. As in: an A-line cut, gauzy fabric, a draped neckline, and a fluttery hem. With the heat dialing up, an easy, floaty dress is your anytime-attire prerogative. And a knee-skimming style is hardly far-fetched for 9-to-5 (not to mention happy hour) matched up with a functional handbag and elegant choker.

Vintage belt.
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Photographed by Adrian Mesko.
Pull yourself together.
Just like your professional profile, your look should have multiple strengths. A delicate dress leaves an impression on its own, but adding dimension with a tougher, unexpected belt will prove you mean business. Create contrast with a structured, neon-bright style that will offset even the most ethereal butterfly print.

Vintage belt.
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