10 Fashion Pieces You Need in Your Work Wardrobe Now

What to Wear to Work to Instantly Update Your Look

Spring is here and that means transitioning your work outfits for the new season. While it's fun to think about putting together new looks, it can also feel exhausting to have to figure out how to translate the spring fashion trends into outfits that look good and feel appropriate for work. Not to worry, though -- we've got you covered! We've rounded up the top 10 fashion pieces that you can wear to look put-together for the office now, with tips on how to style them. Whether your office is conservatively chic, or casual and creative, learn how you can wear the latest looks to inspire envy in your colleagues, and look promotable to the higher-ups.

 

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Check Patterns

Street style floral shirt and checked trousers
Checks, please!. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Black and white checks are a major style story for spring and summer fashion this year. Here's a great way to wear this fashion trend to work, in a fluid high waist trouser matched with pretty spring florals. For more conservative offices, try pairing checked trousers with a crisp white blouse and classic high heel pumps.

 

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Check Patterns

Woman in checked dress
A belted checked dress for spring. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Here's how you can wear checks with florals now and look sophisticated enough for the office. A long dress in a black and white check pattern can be worn easily for a full day of work, especially when it's belted at the waist to add structure. Carry a colorful bag to add interest to your outfit, add trendy floral print ankle boots, and layer on a slim black blazer as needed, to add polish for meetings and presentations (or just to protect against office air conditioning).

 

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Adorned Loafers

Street style jeans and accessories
Wear cute loafers with all your spring outfits for work. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Menswear-style loafers have long been a shortcut to polished office style for women. Designers have recently reinvented this classic work wear accessory to give it a more feminine, fashionable feel, by injecting pattern and adornment into their designs. Here, a go-to leather loafer slide becomes something special, when its done in a colorful floral print and lined with plush faux fur. Wear tricked out loafer slides like these to add instant style to a basic workday outfit of slim jeans and a blazer.

 

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Adorned Loafers

Loafers and fishnet stockings
Wear adorned loafers to work this spring. Timur Emek/Getty Images

If floral prints aren't your bag, you may dig a leather loafer that's embossed with a reptile design and metal studs, like these Gucci flats. You could wear these shoes with trousers or skirts, to dress up all your office outfits this spring. If designer kicks are out of your price range, shop for less expensive look-a-likes from fast fashion retailers such as Aldo or Zara.

 

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Spring Stripes

Woman in striped pantsuit
Black white and chic all over. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Here's how to wear stripes to stand out from the pack at the office. This year's trendy pantsuit silhouette is stunning in a bold pattern of graphic black and white stripes. Wear it with black platform pumps for a lady boss look, or opt for sneakers as pictured here, to let them know you're confident enough not to take it all too seriously.

 

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Spring Stripes

Woman in striped dress and coat
Stripes feel fresh for spring. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Stripes are a classic pattern that we'll be seeing a lot of this spring and summer. Here, a pretty, colorful striped wrap dress looks chic for wearing to the office, when layered under a classic trench coat and worn with a ladylike chain strap bag.

 

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The Patterned Coat

Street style woman patterned coat
Wear a bold patterned coat for spring. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

If you're going to invest in only one new fashion piece this spring, make it a pretty coat in a stand-out pattern. Here, a kimono style coat in a saturated green and blue print instantly upgrades all your neutral separates for the office.

 

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The Patterned Coat

Floral coat woman
Wear a bold floral print coat for spring fashion. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Floral prints are no surprise for spring, but what feels modern this year is a riotously colorful floral coat that can upgrade all your outfits. Here, a painterly floral print is layered over a classic black trench coat style, to head-turning effect.

 

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Dark Jeans

Street style woman jeans blazer
Wear a tweed blazer over dark wash jeans. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

We'll still be seeing faded blues for spring and summer, but denim days at work call for sophisticated jeans that wouldn't look out of place if a client drops by. You'll never go wrong for jeans-friendly office days when you pair slim, dark wash jeans with a menswear-style blazer in plaid, worn with classic high heel pumps.

 

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Dark Jeans

Jeans and ballet flats
Look chic for work in dark jeans and ballet flats. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

A great pair of dark wash, skinny jeans is one of the most versatile fashion pieces you can have in your closet. Here's how to wear your favorite ankle-length skinny jeans to look effortlessly chic at work this spring and summer, with a pretty blouse, a navy trench coat, flat leather loafers and a quilted purse.

 

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Pastel Pantsuit

Woman in pantsuit
The pantsuit is big for spring. Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

Here's a great way to show off your feminine style, while rocking a classic work look. The pantsuit gets a fresh spin this fashion season when its imagined in pretty pastel shades, such as the trendy lavender tweed fabric seen here. Wear it with neutral accessories for a sophisticated look, or go bold with big earrings and playfully bright colored loafers, as pictured on this street style influencer.

 

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Pastel Pantsuit

Woman in blue pantsuit
An icy blue pantsuit looks cool for the office now. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

This icy blue pantsuit looks chic and modern for wearing to the office now. Layer it over a slim camisole or silk shell, and accessorize with platform heels or loafers, for a sophisticated, confident office outfit that would look great for an interview, client lunches, or presentations to the board.

 

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The Pencil Skirt

Woman in pink pencil skirt
Try a pencil skirt in pink. John Lazarski/Getty Images

The pencil skirt is a classic office fashion piece that never really goes out of style, but this year designers are imagining this classic in an expanded palette of colors. Take a look at how fresh a pink pencil skirt looks for wearing to work this spring and summer, especially when paired with a colorful floral blouse, a black and white bag, and metallic silver pumps, as pictured here.

 

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The Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirt outfit for work
Chic pencil skirt outfit for work. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Olive green continues as a major fashion color this spring and summer. Wear it beyond weekend separates, for instance when you choose an always sophisticated pencil skirt silhouette in a saturated olive hue. This color can act as a neutral in your wardrobe, making it perfect for pairing with everything from a crisp white shirt, to striped blue button-downs and even printed blouses for the office.

 

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Printed Scarf

Woman in printed scarf and work outfit
A colorful scarf livens up your neutral outfits for work. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Scarves are here for spring! A colorful patterned scarf is a great way to inject some freshness into your transitional outfits this spring. Here, a pretty printed scarf with fringe detailing elevates a basic black work ensemble, making it feel seasonally fresh (even after you take off your pretty coat).

 

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Printed Scarf

Woman in trenchcoat and scarf
Tie a scarf over all your spring outfits for the office. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

What feels super fresh now is a pretty silk scarf in a colorful pattern. Buy a bunch and wear them with every one of your office outfits, to add something special to every one of your work looks.

 

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Boyfriend Tweed

Tweed jacket over jeans
Wear a tweed jacket over skinny jeans for the office. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

The tweed jacket never went out of style -- it just changes shape from time to time. This season, think beyond Chanel-style cropped blazers and shop for a more generously cut, boyfriend-style tweed blazer in plaid, checks, or a traditional hounds tooth pattern. The olive green tweed blazer pictured here would look great over everything from pencil skirts to skinny jeans for the office.

 

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Boyfriend Tweed

Woman in chccked pantsuit
A tweed pantsuit is cute for work. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Take this year's trendy pantsuit, design it in tweed, and you've got one of the more fashionable outfits for wearing to work now. This street style influencer has styled her matching tweed suit for a downtown vibe, by wearing it with sandals over socks, a cross-body purse, and a long-sleeved cotton tee.

 

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Trench Coat

Woman in olive trench coat
Wear a trench coat for spring. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

There's a reason that the trench coat is an absolute must-have fashion piece, beloved by French girls and fashion editors alike. A tailored trench coat, such as this trendy trench in olive green, can pull together even the simplest outfit for work, making it look instantly chic for your commute.

 

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Trench Coat

Woman in trench coat
The trench coat is a spring classic. Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images

If you love the fluidity and ease of boyfriend dressing, opt for a more generous cut of trench coat. Wear it flowing and free as a light layer when traveling to and from work, belting it at the waist as pictured whenever you want to create more shape.