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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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I Tried on 21 Dresses From Reformation, Topshop, and Zara—These 10 Made the Cut

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If there’s one type of email I love to receive in my inbox this time of year, it’s a summer invitation. Whether it’s for a wedding, a barbecue, brunch, or bridal shower, seeing a Paperless Post pop up in my inbox never fails to excite. This is followed closely by my second favorite email: a travel confirmation from an airline. (It’s true. I get giddy at the sight of a booking reference number.) Why? Because both emails signify the start of fun summer is finally here.

It also signifies the need to get my summer wardrobe into gear. And lots of summer events call for lots of gorgeous summer dresses (or at least a small handful to see me through the season).

So this week, I went to some of my favorite retailers—Reformation, Zara, and Topshop (all known for their chic selections of dresses)—to seek out cool summer frocks that will see me through laid-back summer weekends, an upcoming Italian vacation, a wedding, an engagement party, and a bridal shower—all taking place in the next few months. I tried on a plethora of dresses (21 to be exact), but these 10 made the final cut. From floral minidresses to polka-dot slip dresses, scroll below to whet your appetite for a brand-new season of summer dressing.

An effortless white dress is high on my wish list for weekend summer getaways. I’m obsessed with this lace and linen midi dress from Reformation. Just add espadrille wedges, a straw hat, and the Italian Riviera for good measure.
This is such a fun little floral frock. The neckline and puff sleeves are super flattering and utterly charming. I do wish the hemline was one or two inches longer, but I’ll definitely be wearing these with kitten-heel sandals or chic flats once summer rolls around.
I’ll be wearing this stunner for an elegant outdoor summer wedding with black sandals and statement earrings. The fitted bodice is exquisite.
This relaxed floral slip can easily be dressed up or down with strappy sandals or flats and is the perfect option for those laid-back summer days.
My penchant for white dresses continues. I love the delicate details on this chic frock—from the deep-V neckline lined with lace to the pleated drop-waist silhouette.
Consider this your day-to-night wardrobe savior. The romantic ruffles and elegant, short puff sleeves add a charming touch to the ditsy floral-print frock.
A lightweight knit dress looks super chic for casual summer days. I’m particularly fond of the elegant neckline and longer length.
Garden-party chic! This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m head over heels for this vintage-style silhouette and bold floral print. Perfect for, oh you know, that polo match or that garden tea party, dahling.
I’ve been looking for a slip dress with a draped neckline and delicate spaghetti straps for some time, and this gorgeous silky frock fits the bill perfectly. It looks much more expensive than its price tag.
I’ve been in need of a couple of simple, easy, and relaxed knit dresses for weekends at the beach and brunching on the balcony with friends, and this soft yellow midi is the perfect not-too-precious option.

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The Best Maternity Bras to Get You Through Your Pregnancy (and After)

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If you’re a pregnant bra wearer and asking yourself if you need to buy a new one, the answer is undoubtedly yes. I am currently six months along and have swiftly transitioned from a B cup to a D cup in the blink of an eye. Breasts increase in size pretty early during pregnancy (around 6 to 8 weeks), and many will find they outgrow their bras rather quickly. The hormonal shifts, weight gain, and expanding rib cage associated with pregnancy contribute to this growth, as will mammary glands preparing to make milk later in pregnancy.

I was tempted to squeeze into my regular bras for as long as possible, but I quickly realized how uncomfortable my pre-pregnancy lacy bras were becoming, and they simply couldn’t support my heavy (and itchy) breasts. Time for an upgrade. There are a few options as you’re growing. 1) Buy a larger size of your normal pre-pregnancy bra. 2) Switch to a maternity bra. 3) If you’re somewhere in the middle of your third trimester, buy a nursing bra. Many, like me, prefer a combination of the two or three.

So how are maternity and nursing bras different from regular bras? Think of a maternity bra as an improved version of a regular bra—designed specifically for comfort as your breasts grow during pregnancy. Some features include a soft cotton lining, wider straps, extra latches on the band, etc., and they tend not to be underwired. Many regular bras offer these features too, which will work just fine during pregnancy.

Nursing bras differ in one way from maternity bras: They feature clasps on the straps that allow for easy breastfeeding access. If you buy a nursing bra to wear during pregnancy make sure there is enough room for you to grow as your breasts tend to go up another cup size or more after your baby arrives. Many of the bras available are maternity/nursing hybrids, which provide support throughout pregnancy and after.

Officially ready for a new bra? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite maternity and nursing bras that will get you through and beyond your pregnancy. And remember: If it feels tight, then it isn’t right. Find your correct size by getting measured at the lingerie department or do it yourself.

With its soft fabric and seamless design, this seamless bra is a customer favorite for during pregnancy and after.
Smooth stretchy fabric and lightly padded cups make this ultra-comfortable throughout the day and night.
Designed to move with you from pregnancy and beyond, this minimalistic bra features stretchy, nursing-friendly surplice cups.
This silky-soft, stretchy bra is supportive enough for day wear and comfortable enough to sleep in.
If you’re looking for a comfortable strapless bra throughout your pregnancy, then look no further.
Made of a cotton-modal blend, this soft and breathable bra is designed for comfort and support throughout pregnancy or after as a daily nursing bra or cozy nursing sleep bra.
Although this is technically not a maternity or nursing bra, I’ve found it extremely comfortable and supportive through my first six months of pregnancy.
A good choice when you’re exercising. This wire-free maternity/nursing bra with removable foam cups accommodates your changing figure.
Pretty and comfortable. The wide back enhances support.
You’d never be able to tell this is a nursing bra. Gorgeous lace adds romance while clips are easily unfastened for breastfeeding.
Your beautiful bralette just got an upgrade. This meets all the specific needs of a nursing mother. Plus, it’s so pretty.
Lightweight and easy to maneuver, Chantelle’s nursing bra fits best 3 weeks before your due date or later.
Your everyday bra, found. Available in black and beige, this maternity and nursing bra is designed for maximum support.
I already wear these under my casual tees for support and comfort.
Customers love this bra for its ultra-soft feeling fabric and comfort. Available in sizes S to XL.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Judith Jones.

Up next, these are the summer maternity outfits to try right now.

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Don't Visit New York Without Stopping By These 6 Stores

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As someone who quite literally shops online for a living—and loves it—it takes a lot to get me out of my e-comfort zone and into an actual store. After all, I pride myself on being able to track down pretty much any item on the internet within seconds and have a weekly excuse to peruse all my favorite sites’ new-arrivals sections—making me pretty familiar with all that’s out there.

However, once in a while it does happen, mostly thanks to a handful of boutiques that have managed to curate such a good selection, it’s worth the trip every time. So which are the stores one simply must visit when in New York? Just keep scrolling to read about all six and (because I couldn’t help myself) do a little online shopping along the way.

Up next? The surprising new It bag I couldn’t even get my hands on.

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