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31 Ways to Reinvent Your Work Wardrobe

Nov 20 2016 - 9:00am

Dressing for the job you want starts now. You might never think that the 31 street-styled looks [1] inside would look perfect at the office, but that's exactly where we want to wear them.

With 31 days of real-life inspiration, we're all about making dressing for work [2] fun again. Forget the corporate suit sets and nondescript heels, because dressing for the office should never feel like a job. Look to creative layers, bold heels, bright blouses, and sleek outerwear to rethink the office dress code — and give your workwear a raise. Click through for a month's worth of inspiration right here.

Sometimes reinventing your work outfit is as easy as swapping your blazer for a denim jacket and slipping into a high-octane hue.

Caroline Issa remixes traditional trousers and a pretty blouse, just by adding a touch of the trends.

There's more than one way to wear a suit as Sarah Ruston proved, adding a knit tube top to layer over her button-down. The results screamed fashion-forward but still boardroom-appropriate.

Let monochromatic colors speak volumes when you layer up in different tones of the same color. The results are impossibly chic.

Rework your go-to trousers when you layer up mixed prints on top à la Taylor Tomasi Hill.

Keep it simple and chic like Shiona Turini and simply add a sleek, lightweight coat to a tee and a slim pencil skirt.

Go for a suit with more personality.

Keep it classic, but reinvent the skirt and top look with one of Fall's billowing statement blouses.

Tamu McPherson found small ways to play with the uniform — add a bandana, belt a blazer, or add interest with a bold bag. Work-appropriate doesn't have to be stuffy.

Dressed up denim offers a whole new way to wear the suit. Take it to the office for a cooler twist on the perennial staple.

Dare to try a chic all-white look — and get noticed for all the right reasons.

Play it one part casual, one part sophisticated with a relaxed tee up top and a ladylike skirt on bottom, then tie it all together with a pair of heeled loafers.

Have a little more fun with your work pants by incorporating an edgier leather jacket instead of a blazer.

Boost your casual Friday look with the perfect tailored blazer.

Sarah Ruston strikes again, this time with a high-impact print tempered with a staple blazer.

Emmanuelle Alt knows that looking chic doesn't have to be complicated; simply add a polished jacket and walkable low heels to your trousers and tee.

Trade a pencil skirt for a flowing, printed style, and top with a leather jacket for a new take on corporate essentials.

Nothing says "I came to work today!" like a pair of fresh printed pants and metallic heels.

Layer up a slouchy sweater with a sharp blazer and a sleek pencil for a totally corporate-cum-cool vibe — note how slick it looked on Christine Centenera.

Experiment with color and layering to pep up the basic button-down and pants combo.

Nothing wrong with borrowing from the boys — pare down a suit with a pair of brogues or loafers, not heels.

Keep it polished, but don't be afraid to add some slick leather to reinvent a classic silhouette.

Reinvent the suit with a bright top under your blazer.

Leather pants are totally office-appropriate with chic low heels and a smart overcoat.

Olivia Palermo's trick to amping up her pencil skirt? Cinch the waist with a statement belt.

Simple and impeccably polished, this black and white look could be the star of any boardroom.

If you're keeping it basic with a button-down and black pants, then opt for a bold bit of outerwear to set your look apart and show a little more of your personality at the office.

No jacket required — grab attention with a solid button-down and a pair of tailored, printed pants.

Especially as we approach the holidays, look for opportunity to incorporate bits of sheen and texture into your working wardrobe — just remember to keep your silhouettes on the simpler side, like this.

Perfect the minimalist vibe, then add warmth with a turtleneck underneath.

There's nothing boring about neutrals. Layer up a whole look in the same hue — or tones of the same color — for a chic look. Then add intrigue with unexpected silhouettes or a pop of color on your accessories.

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