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5 Spring Workwear Basics for Your Closet

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Yes, working from home has been the norm for a lot of people lately, but, it’s likely that at some point in the future you might find yourself back in the office! These spring workwear ideas will help you stay polished and professional! 

Getting dressed in the morning can sometimes getting a little tricky, and getting dressed for work presents its own set of challenges! Do you look appropriate? Will you be comfortable? Do you feel like a confident version of yourself? (That’s the goal!)

As the seasons change things can get even tougher in terms of weather changes, and spring can be the trickiest of them all! I’ve got a few spring workwear tips, plus five items to add to your closet. 

Getting dressed for work in the spring:

  1. Don’t neglect the dress code. It doesn’t matter if you agree with it. If they’re paying you, stick to the rules!
  2. Lighten up! You will want to start reaching for fabrics that breathe a little, plus you can start swapping your winter shades – burgundy, forest green, etc., for lighter tones.
  3. Layer, layer, layer! More on this below, but as temperatures try to stabilize a bit you’re going to be cold, then hot, then cold, then hot, and then for about five minutes you’ll feel just right. Then it will get hot/cold again.

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5 Spring Workwear Basics

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1. Simple dresses

A corporate job is not the place to wear your flowy maxi dresses (unless that vibes with your workplace dress code). A professional workplace requires a more polished approached, which means tailored items are strongly encouraged (by me, that is!)

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A tailored, structured look does not have to equal being uncomfortable! Jersey and knits in classic silhouettes allow for easy movement while maintaining a look that’s entirely appropriate. Wrap (and faux-wrap) dresses are a great option here – they move with your body, are adjustable (real wrap dresses), and can be dressed up or down. Just make sure the neckline isn’t too low – you don’t want to meet your HR rep this way!

2. Mid-length skirts

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Notice I didn’t say miniskirt. Again, every workplace has it’s own dress code (and if yours isn’t clear, play it safe) but when it comes to skirt length at work, less is not more.

Pencil skirts are experiencing a comeback right now so if this is a look you like you’ve got lots of great options.

Maybe a fitted skirt doesn’t make you feel your best- a fuller look can work, but depending on your job you need to go in a couple of different directions. If you work in a more creative field or a more relaxed environment you can get away with a full pleated skirt. If you work in a bank, law office, government job, etc., you’re going to want to go with less full and more fitted.

3. Blazers

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A lightweight blazer will amp up your look, plus help keep you warm in often freezing office temperatures! Fitted, boxy, crisp, knit – it’s up to you. Find the style that suits you!

4. Cardigans

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Spring weather can make it hard to decipher the right outfit. It’s often wintery cold in the mornings when you leave the house but can climb into the 70s, 80s, or 90s by lunchtime. Layering is your friend here! Short, long, either work, just keep them on the fitted side. You can now wear your short-sleeved blouses without fear or regret! Was that too dramatic? ;)

5. Lightweight Pants

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Not a skirt or dress fan when it comes to what to wear to work? A great fitting pair of pants does the trick! Skip anything too heavy (no wool) so you don’t get too warm during the day. Opt for fabrics that breathe (like cotton blends) and don’t wrinkle too easily (like linen). You want the comfort and ease of pants but with a punch of professionalism!

Pair with a fitted blazer, cardigan, or just a simple top, and you are work-ready!

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