At this point in the season you may be feeling like you've cycled through all your best looks for the office. And, that likely means you're spending extra time in the morning trying to decide on your look for that day. However, no need to worry, as some of the best fall outfits for the office have been rounded up for you below. Whether you're in need of inspiration, a few new key pieces, or both, there are no-fail outfit ideas for the work place just ahead.
Finding the balance of being polished and professional but not boring, can be a tricky when it comes to office attire. The key to giving your look a refresh for this season is to mix trendier styles with fall wardrobe staples — think boxy, oversized blazer with a classic black fitted pant. And while the cooler weather may have you wanting to layer up, when it comes to the 9-to-5, opt for more tailored styles and thin knits. Furthermore, you can offset more voluminous tops with longer, streamlined bottoms.
Continue on for six outfit formulas that'll have you seeing the potential in your fall work wardrobe, and ready to shop the pieces that'll pull the looks together.
Knit Dress + Knee-High Boots
A knit midi-length dress is ideal for those chilly days when you're craving a cozy look. Finish off the outfit by pairing the dress up with a knee-high boot for an office ensemble that hits the sweet spot of cozy and polished.
Belted Blazer + Slip Dress
A slip dress is truly a closet hero piece, and if you thought you were going to retire yours to the back of the closet until the warmer weather returns (with a brief appearance for the holiday party circuit) — think again. The stylishly understated silhouette can easily be transformed into elegant business attire with the simple addition of a belted blazer (they're everywhere right now) in a menswear print.
Button Down Dress + Slim Leather Trouser
Give an old shirt dress new life or a new one a fresh spin by styling it over a slim leather trouser. Unbutton the bottom to show off the sheen of the pant and consider finishing off the outfit with an on-trend oxford à la Olivia Palermo.
Short-Suit Set + Knee-Skimming Boot
The fashion crowd couldn't get enough of the short-suit set this summer, and it looks like the trend is continuing into fall with designers delivering new combinations in fall-ready prints and fabrics. So, whether you want to elongate the life of a duo already hanging in your closet or you're keen to try the trend for this season, all it requires for the chillier temps is the style-set's boot du jour — a knee-high silhouette.
Oversized Blazer + Slim Trouser
Juxtapose a boxy blazer with a slim-fit pant for a super sleek 9-to-5 look that can easily transition from the office to cocktail hour. You can also consider bringing a pop of color to this fall uniform by layering a thin turtleneck in a vibrant hue under the structured jacket.
Chunky Knit + Printed Midi-Skirt
When it comes to a skirt and sweater pairing, if you don't want to wear head-to-toe prints at the office, consider playing with texture and pattern for a more subtle approach. Look for a patterned midi-length skirt and match it up with a chunky knit sweater with interesting detailing.