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12 Casual Office Outfits That Still Feel Polished

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Every office comes with its own dress code, but in today’s day and age, the idea of “business casual” has become more fluid than ever, especially if you work in a more relaxed environment. And when you work in a creative industry, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of casual work outfits starring your everyday jeans-and-blouse ensemble. That’s why today we’re here to challenge you to think a tad more out of the box when it comes to low-lift office looks.

When you find yourself in a sartorial rut, the easiest way is to fill yourself with endless inspiration. So we took it upon ourselves to find the most stylish outfits you can wear to work and even a happy hour afterward. From easy outfits that only require a blazer to give the finishing touch to unexpected styling tips, let these girls give you a starting point as you begin to build your work ensembles. Ready to give your work wardrobe an upgrade for the spring? See all of these chic looks below.

Style Tip: Mix and match cool prints in tonal hues for a fun play on monochromatic dressing.
Style this floral blouse with your favorite jeans or a pair of trousers.
Pinstripes always show that you mean business.
Style Tip: Elevate your blazer and jeans ensemble with a pair of classic heels.
Without making too much of a statement, this blazer will ensure you stand out in the office.
Wear these jeans to the office for your more casual days and on the weekend.
Style Tip: Now that it’s spring, you can start wearing shorter skirts again. For a streamlined approach, keep the shades tonal.
A lightweight, fine-knit sweater like this will feel cozy enough to layer over your outfits until the weather officially warms up.
The belt gives this skirt a more trendy touch.
Style Tip: Pair a cool and unique version of a button-down shirt with timeless trousers.
Nanushka always knows how to make quality faux-leather pieces.
These pants are simply so flattering.
Style Tip: You can style a robe over a pair of wide-leg jeans for a cool and unexpected way to wear loungewear outside the house.
You can wear this silk-satin robe in and out of the bedroom.
You won’t be able to stop wearing these cool wide-leg jeans.
Style Tip: Layer a button-down shirt underneath a graphic tee for a cool and unexpected approach to business casual.
We love a cool graphic tee.
Trust us, you’ll get so much wear out of this shirt.
Style Tip: Channel the colors of spring with a bright top paired with a floral pants.
Wearing this vibrant orange color will easily set you apart from the rest of the office.
Pants will feel like the unexpected way to sport the floral print during the spring.
Style Tip: A neutral-hued sweater styled with your white jeans will feel both elevated and casual.
Subtle texture like small cable knits on a sweater make it so special.
You’ll fall in love with these white jeans in a heartbeat.
Style Tip: You can never go wrong with a light pantsuit paired with a tee and sneakers.
You won’t believe how comfortable this tank top is.
Everything about these crepe silk pants is gorgeous.
Style Tip: A cute puff-sleeve top styled with a pencil skirt will be a foolproof outfit for years to come.
The prairie-inspired trend is alive and well, and this top is an easy way to take it on for yourself.
You’ll always find a use for this classic black skirt.
Style Tip: Give your jeans and blazer a more casual appeal with chunky sneakers.
This could be your go-to blazer for all work scenarios.
Black jeans at the office feel a touch more polished compared to your denim blues.

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Shop 23 of This Week's Best New Arrivals

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for our weekly installment of new arrivals. For today’s roundup, I’ve searched high and low to find the best in designer and fast-fashion pieces—all of which just hit stores—so that you can be the first of your friends to wear them. After all, if you’re going to buy something, why not beat everyone else to it?

From summer tops to dresses for parties, brunch, and everything in between, there was a lot to love this week (not to mention something for every style type and price point). Now you just have to narrow down your favorites and make room in your closet—sorry! So what are you waiting for? Shop my picks of the week below and don’t forget to check back next Wednesday for another batch of fresh fashion finds.

This will become your favorite summer top, mark my words.

Leave it to Urban to make the perfect affordable floral top.

Just the right amount of sheerness and sparkle.

Never underestimate the power of a good ribbed tank.

Fruit prints are having a major moment.

Whether it’s with a pair of shorts or a satin skirt, this top is your brunch outfit solution.

Of-the-moment tie-dye is too good to pass up at this price.

You need this top and a vacation to wear it on.

Can Ganni do any wrong?

Did you know Anine Bing makes amazing bags, too?

The bag everyone will be Instagramming very soon.

The cage detail really has me intrigued.

I couldn’t settle on just one color.

Not your average wedding guest look, but it should be.

If a dress makes you feel like you’re in the French countryside, do you have to buy it?

The rainbow dress for the edgier girls.

Your summer LWD.

A throw-on-and-go dress for your rushed mornings.

Can you tell I’m here for party dresses?

Yes, you do need another white dress in your wardrobe. It’s summer, remember?

I don’t typically wear pants that aren’t jeans, but these are really speaking to me.

Your new non-basic work pants. 

Would this roundup really be complete without a strappy sandal?

Want more? Shop last week’s new arrivals.

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This Miami Fashion Girl's Look Is Screenshot-Worthy (and Under $100)

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When I daydream about Miami style, I get excited: I immediately think bright colors (and even brighter whites), bold prints, and evening-ready looks that seem synonymous with both the tropical climate and electric vibe of the city. That being said, I actually find it even more exciting to discover someone who stays totally true to their unique personal style, no matter their location. Take Miami local and fashion girl Bianka Walker, for example. “I’d say I’m more a New Yorker soul stuck in Miami,” Walker tells me. “I’m not a dress-and-heels type of girl. I’m all about sneakers and platforms.”

Originally from Ecuador, Bianka has lived in Miami on and off since she was 16, and she feels at home in the city thanks to its large Latina community and gorgeous weather. When I noted that her personal style differs from her fellow locals, she conceded that the city definitely has a style that everyone follows, and she sometimes feels the pressure to conform.

Ultimately, though, she feels that it’s important to stay true to herself when creating an outfit. So what does a Miami girl with an NYC soul (and a knack for affordable finds) want you to buy this summer, you ask? For starters, this perfect straw bag and these platform dad sneakers, both of which she scored at Walmart. Scroll to shop her entire look, see her favorite summer trends, and discover the one touristy spot in Miami she actually enjoys.

What’s your summer vibe in one word?

Sneakers.

What are the top trends for summer you’re looking forward to trying?

I’m looking forward to including bright colors in my outfits. Usually I wear nudes and blacks, but I’m ready to go out of my comfort zone this summer. I also want to try mixing textures more, like I did with the straw bag and jeans here.

Tell us a bit about the outfit…

This outfit screams my name. I love the black denim (especially the detailing), and the hat and shoes are such cute accessories. Plus the jacket. Fringe and metallics are two trends we’ll see a lot of this season, and what better way to display that than in this jacket? The top is super simple but cute, and while the shoes were originally a little crazy for my taste, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. I chose this outfit because these pieces feel versatile enough to pair with other looks in my closet as well.

Do you believe in mixing high and low fashion?

Yes, I’m a big fan of mixing high and low! I think it’s the perfect combo. I tend to splurge most on staples like purses and shoes.

Name the one tourist destination that’s actually worth seeing in Miami.

Calle 8! Love the vibes, and the food is amazing. It’s the perfect mix of Miami and Cuba.

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The Affordable Cult Brands That Will Be All Over Your Instagram Feeds in 2019

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The word “affordable” is one I’m always wary of using within my fashion writing, as one person’s bargain is always going to be another person’s splurge. The pieces I’m about to talk about below certainly aren’t cheap, however, unlike many of the brands on Net-a-Porter and MatchesFashion, they are potentially accessible to those of us who normally shop at Zara and Topshop

The contemporary market is one which has been growing significantly over the past two years. Back in 2017, I wrote about how brands like Ganni, Rixo, Staud and Réalisation are fighting to make your wardrobes brighter, better and more affordable. Instead of diffusion lines that mimic the aesthetic of a bigger design house at a lower price point, this new breed of labels are independent selling direct to consumer, with their own instantly identifiable design. Over the past two years, most of the cult buys that we have written about at Who What Wear are by these designers and priced around the $200-$350 mark.

This direct-to-consumer contemporary bracket is one that’s still hugely growing, and these are no longer just small Instagram-led businesses but a key priority for leading luxury retailers. In fact, buyers now scout for brands by scrolling. Net-a-Porter this summer is launching seven brands that were previously only direct-to-consumer, taking niche brands to a global audience. Keep scrolling to shop the new affordable cult brands that we at Who What Wear are championing in 2019.

Faithfull the Brand was founded in Bali in 2012, but this year, it has gone from an under-the-radar beach brand to a mainstay on our Instagram feeds. It specializes in holiday clothing with a zesty color palette and playful prints, but the dresses look just as good in your city as they do in Positano.

Kalda was founded three years ago by London College of Fashion graduate Kata Alda, however, this year it has really cranked its business up a notch, launching its own e-commerce site. These shoes are as comfortable as they are Instagrammable. 

The Frankie Shop has tiny stores in Le Marais and New York, however, this boutique is widening its reach this year, as it just launched on Net-a-Porter. This brand is getting a lot of love from power influencers and street style stars—the pleated skirts and boxy blazers are particularly popular.

Influencers are often responsible for items reaching cult status, and the Line by K was created by fashion blogger Karla Deras. This is another new name to Net-a-Porter, and it sold 500 items in its first week on the site. The lime-green slip skirt has been particularly popular with the Instagram crowd.

Rotate was launched by Danish fashion influencers Thora Valdimars and Jeanette Madsen last year and creates beautiful ’80s-inspired dresses, with bold colors and Dynasty-worthy shoulder pads.

Art Dealer is one of Net-a-Porter’s new direct-to-consumer brands that launched this year. It creates elegant co-ords for grown-ups and consist of printed blouses and matching pencil skirts. As the name would suggest, this brand creates beautiful prints with a nostalgic vintage feel. 

Sandals brand Studio Amelia only launched this year, but it made its debut on Net-a-Porter. Quite the entrance…

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2019.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

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