I want to spend today talking about office attire. I work in a pretty casual work environment. Eight years ago, I thought that was amazing. The thought of wearing jeans, t-shirts, flip flops, etc. was awesome. However, in the recent years, I’ve actually come to ‘fancy’ up my work attire. There’s something magical about dolling up in the morning and strutting down the streets of Toronto. It makes me feel… ALIVE.
During a recent discussion, many of my friends told me that their favourite season for office wear was the summer as they’re able to wear skirts and dresses without having to match them with other pieces. Oddly enough, I actually prefer office attire in the Fall/Winter. I find the rich colours and layered pieces gives it extra sophistication. Transitioning your office wardrobe from Summer to Fall/Winter is all about having the right pieces and accessories to do the job properly.
Here are few tips for your work wear for the colder months!
(photos from left to right: Atlantic-Pacific / Wendy’s Lookbook / Cupcakes and Cashmere)
Dark shades are flexible
The first piece of advice I have is to invest in plenty of black, grey and dark blue items. These work perfectly with brighter colours as well as being paired together, which makes them really versatile. If you have a bright purple pencil dress that you love, you’ll still be able to wear it in the winter with a pair of black tights, and a black jacket or cardigan.
Shoes can make your outfit
My next tip is that you can instantly make any outfit better by changing your footwear. There are so many gorgeous heels out this season, but my current top choice is the range of court shoes by LK Bennett. Go to the shops to see whether a rounded or pointed toe feels more comfortable, and then buy a few heels in this shape – just vary the height of the heel and the colour of the shoe. If you can’t wear heels during your commute, leave them at work and change when you arrive, or you can do what I do … TOUGH it out 😉
Think comfy, not frumpy
It can be so tempting to reach for the stretchy waistbands at this time of year but you can cover up without compromising on style. Look out for knitted cardigans and ponchos, and then team these up with a flattering skirt or tailored trousers. If you want to be able to wear a dress on colder days, think about putting a thin layer on underneath in a shade that compliments the colour of the garment – this way you won’t always need to wear a sweater too.
Mix and match accessories
Finally, buy a few new accessories to wear in the coming months. This is a great idea as you can buy a few key items for your wardrobe but give them totally different looks by using your accessories. My favourite pieces to buy include scarves, hosiery, belts and jewellery. A scarf can be worn around the neck, the head, the waist or just under the bust, making it really multifunctional; my advice would be to buy one “warm colour”, one “cool colour” and then a monochrome one to complete the set.
That’s all I got! Congrats on making it through to hump day! Enjoy the rest of your work week and trust me putting on some super chic work wear will spruce up your day 😉
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I agree that shoes can make a difference on an outfit.
Stella from a A Shiny Place
Great tips for cold weather style. Thanks for sharing, your blog is super fun.
Emilie from mimosachic.com
Hiya! I have a question please! I’ll be moving to Montreal in Jan with work from the UK, and all I’ve been told is how cold it’s going to be! What’s the deal with office work wear? Is it a case of commuting to work in FULL winter gear? Big boots, coats etc – then kind of re-dressing into heels at work? I’m just not sure and I don’t want to look stupid on my first day of work! Thank you so much!!
Hi Michelle! Thanks for your comment! I live in Toronto, which is not quite as cold as MTL, but I would say that our temperatures are similar and our commute to work is as well. In the winter, I do strap on full winter gear in my commute. I”m not one that generally changes my shoes at the office, that’s why I try my best to find cute booties that are both stylish, warm, and waterproof. I would suggest you waiting until you get here and shop for some great Canadian made options. Best of luck, and welcome to Canada! xo