Though I don’t attend a typical 9-5 job, there are times when I want to look like a #girlboss. Throughout the years with jobs and when attending meetings or events for my career, I’ve found how to make a work outfit stylish. You don’t have to be in an old-school boxy suit or a pencil skirt to look professional and powerful. It’s smart and way more fun to add your touch and style!
With this outfit, I had career girls and meetings in mind. You might not be able to wear this to every job, but if you’re going to an event or are in a field that is less traditional, you probably can. Dressing monochrome in general always makes an outfit look good – no matter your industry , so that’s where I started. You can start there too.
I knew I wanted to go black and incorporate my Helmut Lang leggings. This feels like an updated take on a power suit. Leather leggings provide coverage but give the look an edgy, cool vibe, and they make you feel confident. Plus, I love how these flare a little at the bottom. They are very on-trend but classic at the same time.
The blazer is the ultimate office power piece, but it doesn’t need to be boring and boxy. I love that this one is fitted, has a great collar, and can button up to show off your shape. Marissa Webb makes it and her style in general is great inspiration. She knows how to dress for the workplace as a modern woman but still look fashionable. I love her stuff. Buttoning the jacket up makes the whole look more chic and put together, rather than leaving it open. If you have a blazer that you like but it doesn’t fit, take it to a tailor. A well-fitting blazer is a must for stylish career looks – and you can wear it for fun too. It must fit well though!
I kept my shoes and accessories black to stay monochrome. A pop of color would work too, but for a power-suit look I like everything the same color.
How do you make a work outfit look stylish? Could you wear this outfit to a career event?
Photography: Hallie Duesenberg