What to Wear to Work: 17 Winter Outfit Ideas for Women

Deciding what to wear to work in the winter can feel more challenging than at other times of year. It's not always easy to come up with chic and polished outfits for the office when the temperatures drop and you'd rather be swaddled in sweatpants. Luckily, there are some tricks to get dressed for the office when it's cold outside that will keep you cozy for your commute — and are totally work-appropriate.

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Floral Skirt and Winter Sweater

Street style in sweater and floral print skirt and boots
Here's how to wear floral prints all winter long. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to hide your love of florals. Wearing floral prints in winter is not only advanced fashion, it's also a wonderful way to inject some color and whimsy into the world at a grey time of year.

The trick is to pair your more summery separates with substantial, seasonally-appropriate closet pieces. Here's a master class example of this from street style, in which a colorful floral-on-white print skirt is matched with a stylish white sweater. The whole look is pulled together by the bright red, knee-high boots, which pick up a key color from the pattern on the skirt. Simple? Not exactly. But worth the extra effort to style? Definitely.

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Floral Scarf and Black Suit

Floral scarf and black suit outfit
Add interest to a sleek suit with a floral scarf. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

If wearing a garden's worth of roses isn't your bag, but you appreciate the feminine touch a flower or two can add to your look, we encourage you to dip your fashion toe into the world of dark florals this winter.

The trend for wearing floral patterns that are printed on a dark background is huge in fashion now, and perfectly suited to dressing for work in the winter months. Take a look at how a skinny floral scarf adds major sophistication and visual interest to a cropped black pantsuit for work. This look is very French, and unlike the perfect French twist, so easy to style yourself for wearing to work this season.

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The Pant Suit

Street style woman in printed pants suit
The pants suit is back!. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Pant suits for women have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Maybe it's the Hilary effect, or maybe it's just because they're an easy way to look polished with very little effort, but we're definitely on board for this fashion trend. Whether you choose a pant suit in a solid, a stripe, or a pattern as pictured here, this is a genius way to look pulled together at work this winter. Wear it with a t-shirt and sneakers for more casual offices (or temperate climates), or with a lightweight turtleneck sweater and leather loafers for extra warmth and chic.

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Layers of Cashmere

Sweater outfit for winter for women
Winter style in layers of cashmere. Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

If being swaddled in blankets sounds like your idea of a banner day, good news — you can approximate that cozy feeling, while still looking chic and entirely appropriate for the office (as long as you're not required to wear a suit to work). We're so in love with this winter office outfit idea, which layers a soft woolen vest (aka a sleeveless cardigan) over a comfy long-sleeved sweater, also in easeful cashmere. Worn with soft wide-leg trousers in winter white, and shiny black ankle boots, it's the perfect way to look well-dressed for work, while feeling super cozy and snug.

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Tweed Blazer and Cropped Jeans

Winter office outfit in tweed jacket and cropped jeans
Winter office outfit in tweed jacket and cropped jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty images

The always office-worthy outfit of a blazer and jeans gets a fashionable update when you style it with trendy cropped jeans. You'll look like a boss in this work outfit that combines classic elements with fashion forward trends, making it ideal for denim-friendly days at work, when you want to impress your colleagues with your style.

Start with a pair of well-fitting jeans that hit your leg at (or just above) the ankle. Match these with a tucked-in, crisp blue button-down shirt (wear it buttoned to the top, or layered over a high-neck blouse as pictured). Then layer on a fashionable hounds tooth plaid blazer, add a quality leather tote, and finish your modern-meets-classic work outfit with a pair of stacked heel ankle boots.

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Graphic Blazer and Leather Pants

Street style in red jacket and leather pants
Chic casual office style in red jacket and leather pants. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Most of us who work in more casual offices rely on jeans as our go-to, everyday work wardrobe staple. But if you want to stand out from the photocopier crowd, consider investing in a pair of leather leggings (or look-a-like coated black jeans, which are much more affordable) as a stylish alternative to denim that are just as versatile for building work outfits around. Here, a simple outfit of slim pants and a white button-down shirt get a major fashion upgrade. Add a jacket and accessories that telegraph your personal style. We love the graphic red, white, and black color palette employed here, which is eye-catching and classic, without being at all boring.

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Add Color With a Scarf

Grey outfit with a colorful scarf for winter
Add a colorful scarf to neutral office outfits this winter. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Neutral colors can feel soothing and appropriate in winter, and head-to-toe outfits in a single neutral shade (think grey, beige, or black) are certainly chic looking and office worthy. But if you crave color, the easiest way to add a pop of it to your outfit is to layer on a cozy scarf in rainbow hues, as pictured here. Bonus fashion tip — a great way to add visual interest to an outfit of all neutral tones, is to vary the textures. Here, the combination of a soft, ribbed sweater, crisp pleated skirt, and furry pom poms on the shoes adds plenty of visual interest to this smart, all-gray winter outfit for work.

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Try a Skirt Suit

Street style woman in pink skirt suit
Wear a skirt suit to work this winter. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

The skirt suit has returned as a stylish choice for women who enjoy dressing professionally, but prefer a skirt over trousers. We're way into the colorful take on skirt suit dressing pictured here, which is a good reminder that you can (and should) show off your personal style, even when you're wearing the classics. This suit would be perfectly office-worthy in black or gray, but in this candy pink version, and worn with a sunflower yellow blouse and a clashing-on-purpose purse to boot, it looks insanely stylish and confident — just like a boss.

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Ruffled Blouse and Midi Skirt

Woman in ruffled blouse and long skirt
Dress to look feminine and powerful for the office. Mauritzio Santana/Getty Images

Are you a girly type whose love for ruffles, frills and adornments knows no bounds? You may have been told (or perhaps you've inferred) that you should tone down your love of overtly feminine dressing if you've got an eye on the corner office. Bosh, we say! In today's day and age, you can absolutely dress like a woman and kick butt at work. The secret is to make your outfit look grown-up and womanly, as opposed to little girlish. That means wearing high quality feminine separates in neutral tones (not pastel shades or primary colors), and pairing them with serious pieces that telegraph your power. Here, we've found a stand-out example from street style of how you can pull this off. Take a look at how surprisingly sophisticated a silky white ruffled blouse looks paired with a leather-look midi length pleated skirt, a beautiful bag, classic makeup, and statement high heel pumps.

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The Patterned Dress for Work

Street style in lip print dress
A pretty dress can be a winter work dressing go-to. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Getting dressed for work can sometimes feel like a real chore (especially if you attempt it before your morning coffee). Give yourself a break and take a one-and-done approach to weekday dressing this winter by investing in a long-sleeved dress or two in a pretty print. To look appropriate for the season, choose a printed dress in a darker background (such as the Victoria Beckham lip print dress pictured here). A midi length dress is a trendy option that looks up to date  — and by all means, wear it with tights and a long overcoat, if your local weather merits more coverage. Pair your dress of choice with classic pumps and one or two pieces of delicate jewelry (think simple studs, or a pendant necklace), for a pretty, chic winter work outfit that's almost effortless.

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The Serious Dress for Work

Woman in navy blue dress street style
Navy blue dress look for the office. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Pattern-phobes, here's a print-free example of how to wear a dress to work this winter and look completely sophisticated. We love how a high necked, midi length dress in deep indigo blue looks sophisticated, not severe, thanks to the body skimming cut and the belt detail at the waist. Wear this great winter work outfit option with a fabulous blow-out, black high heels, and a big leather purse that shows you mean business.

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Gray Suit for Women

Woman in grey suit and bow blouse
Wear a pretty bow blouse with suits for work this winter. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

The gray suit is a sophisticated work wear classic. When you use a menswear-inspired suit, thought, it's best to do so with a top that nods to your womanly nature, rather than wearing a classic (somewhat boring) button-down shirt underneath, which can feel a bit too on the nose. Here, a flowing gray suit with an over-sized jacket and wide leg trousers looks surprisingly feminine and super powerful, worn with flowing hair and a pretty pussy bow blouse in winter white.

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The Patterned Skirt

Office outfit for woman with a printed skirt and jacket
Wear a printed skirt and solid top to the office for classic style. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

You can't go wrong dressing for work this winter when you pair a midi-length skirt in an attractive pattern, with a solid, neutral-colored blouse and waist-length jacket. Whether you choose a sporty bomber style jacket, as pictured here, or a classic Chanel-style blazer, this is a proven office outfit that simply requires heels and a nice bag to have you dressed for success this winter.

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Boyfriend Sweater With Leather Pants

Winter street style in shades of brown
Chic winter office style in brown leather pants. Timur Emek/Getty Images

When you're dressing for a more corporate office and hoping to create a style vibe that's rich and refined, versus rock and roll, a pair of brown leather trousers can be your best fashion friend. Here, a straight leg, ankle-length pair of cognac colored leather pants create an effortlessly chic look for the office, paired with a boyfriend style sweater in a complementary shade of brown.

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Belted Blazer

Woman in belted blazer and jeans
Belt a blazer over jeans for wearing to the office. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Jeans days at the office don't have to be schlump fests. Kick fashion butt at the office on casual Fridays (and other denim-friendly weekdays) when you belt a blazer over slim fitting jeans, to nip in your waist and create a womanly shape. Wear with chic flats or leather loafers, and carry a great bag, and you'll be all set to slay with your style (while looking totally promotable) on winter workdays.

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Wide Leg Trousers Trend

Street style woman in wide leg trousers
Wear wide leg trousers to work this winter. Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

Katharine Hepburn would be proud — high waist, wide legged trousers are back, and they're a major trend that we'll be seeing for months to come. Better yet, they're super comfortable and look fantastic with or without a matching jacket. Wear yours simply with a classic button-down shirt and quality leather accessories, for a timeless work outfit idea you can wear for meetings, presentations, or just TCB (taking care of business).

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Black and White Business Outfit

Black and white outfit
Black and white business outfit. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Some women feel most comfortable in streamlined pieces and neutral shades at work. If that's your bag, here's a stylish way to look sophisticated for the office this winter, without looking overly severe.

A long black coat is the perfect top layer for a chic, simple outfit of a collarless white blouse and slim black pants. To achieve an unboring effect, bring in some visual interest through your accessories. A pair of fashionable sunglasses, a quilted handbag, and statement leather loafers are the perfect pieces to tie this look together.