Now that the new season is almost upon us, I wanted to touch on what to wear to the office in spring. We all know office wear — even if your work environment is casual — comes with certain faux pas like no bare shoulders and such. Whether you like it or not, these are things to think about when putting together your spring work wardrobe.
I’ve made a list with 5 items that I think are perfect for your work wardrobe for spring. All with links to my personal chic favorites to shop if you’re feeling spendy. Even if you’re not, you might get inspired how to wear the items you already have in a new way in an upcoming spring work outfit.
In case you want help with putting together a curated work wardrobe, I suggest to check out this post I made with a free printable to figure out what you need. Or if you want to take the next step and create a spring signature work look, tips can be found in my signature work look post.
SILKY SLIP SKIRT
The first item I want to touch on — I already wrote an essay about why you should own one — is the silky slip skirt. I know that last year the Réalisation par version had a moment but this spring it’s time to wear it out to the office. You can find a slip skirt in a solid color or prints and at any price point. A great chic addition to add to your spring work wardrobe.
There are two things you need to keep in mind when picking up a slip skirt: it can crease easily and some fabrics are pretty delicate. To make the creasing less obvious I would go for a darker print. I think your slip skirt will be safe if you don’t sit on wooden chairs.
My number one is the one I’m wearing in this outfit, the H&M leopard slip skirt*. It’s a budget friendly option — 25 euros, such a steal! — to dip your toes in the slip skirt waters. Since I’m ready to make the plunge I’ve been eyeing a black option. This black silk slip skirt* by Anine Bing looks like a good option. Especially because it’s made of silk which will stand the test of time a lot more. Another cool option is this & Other Stories zebra print midi slip skirt*. Zebra and tiger print are on trend right now so it’s a great way to kind of see if the slip skirt is for you.
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A COTTON BLAZER
My signature work look is skinny jeans, t-shirt or blouse with a blazer on top. Most of these blazers are wool ones because it’s 80% cold over here so I like to invest in quality items. However, if I’d wear a wool blazer on a warm spring day I would probably feel like I’m being burned alive. A cotton or linen blazer can be the key to solve the spring work wardrobe problem.
I always start with a classic so this Zara black cotton blazer is a good option. Plain, simple but you can wear it with everything. If you want to go bolder than this plaid cotton blazer* form & Other Stories is a great option. The print is what really sells it for me — it’s different from a classic plaid print. Also, I prefer an oversized fit. The ultimate option would be this Balmain option*. I love the black and withe stripes — really elongate your silhouette — with gold buttons. A girl can dream!
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If you love a girl boss suit in the fall/winter, you will want to invest in a spring appropriate one. Last year I got one from ASOS in a dusty rose color. It still looks as cool as a normal suit does but you won’t be dying from the heat.
It’s not the season for the shorts suit yet, which is why I don’t have a lot of shopping options. But keep an eye out because ASOS or ZARA will probably add them this month as the spring items are flowing into online stores. However, I did find this ASOS DESIGN option in cream in cord*. Very different but spring work wardrobe appropriate. WAYF via Shopbop.com has a really cute striped suit in light coral* with highwaisted, belted shorts.
If there is one foolproof item on the list that will get you ready and looking good within 15 minutes it’s a frilly dress. It’s cute, office appropriate and you don’t have to think too long about what you’ll be wearing that day. It’s also an easy spring work wardrobe item that you can wear from the office to a dinner out. You can pair it with a pair of boots, sneakers or heeled sandals. A great investment to make this spring!
There are a couple of great options out on the web that I would personally click home right now. This coffee colored & Other Stories dress* with zig zag print is one of them. Budget friendly, love the fit and the ruffled cuffs are super cute. If you want a darker option, then & Other Stories also has your back with this layered ruffle dress*. Same style but in black with florals. This Ulla Johnson Vienne dress* is also a good option if you have a bigger budget. I love the vibrant purple print and style of it. Very flattering and still office appropriate.
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PAIR OF SNEAKERS OR HEELED SANDALS
When it gets warmer you want to switch up your footwear. For spring I would go for either a pair of — well kept — sneakers or heeled sandals. Also, why choose and get them both? At the moment I’ve got my eyes on the Vans Old Skool platform trainers* in black and white. I already have the non-platform version of these sneakers but I feel for spring this will look even better under dresses and skirts. Another sneaker option I can recommend are the Isabel Marant Bobby wedge sneaker*. I used to have a pair, but got them in a size too small, but they’re definitely in the realm of chic sneakers.
Heeled sandals are also a great spring work wardrobe staple to have in your wardrobe. Sam Edelman has the Yaro heeled sandals* in their collection which come in a lot different colors. If you’re going to invest in a pair I would suggest either going for black* or a print like leopard*. Both are versatile enough to go with every outfit.
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