What to Wear to Work: Celebrity-Inspired Outfits for Spring

What to Wear to Work this Spring
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What to Wear to Work: Celebrity-Inspired Outfits for Spring

Take the classic office staple up a notch with a blocked pattern, like Emma Stone’s sorbet swirled sheath. A bold geometric graphic lets you sneak in prints while keeping the look refined. Plus, the silhouette is versatile. Layer on a blazer for daytime meetings, and leave it at your desk when you head out for happy hour.

Jessica Simpson color-block shift dress, $118, nordstrom.com

ASOS shirtdress in block monochrome print, $67, asos.com

Hayden ivory color-block shift dress, $79, bluefly.com

Topshop mixed-texture stripe shift dress, $76, topshop.com

Bar III sleeveless, high-neck, color-blocked sheath, $69 macys.com

C. Luce studded-sleeve dress, $84, piperlime.com

Thank you, Emma Roberts, for bringing pastel blazers to our attention. The light hues give just enough color to get you noticed (by the higher-ups for that promotion, maybe?) but not so much that you’re a distraction at the next department meeting.

ASOS premium blazer with slim lapel, $92, asos.com

Hinge shawl-collar blazer, $98, nordstrom.com

Nasty Gal Spring Fling blazer in mint, $68, nastygal.com

Dorothy Perkins pink soft, long-line blazer, $69, dorothyperkins.com

Caslon roll-sleeve knit blazer in aqua sky, $59, nordstrom.com

Wish Bliss jacket in lemon, $138, revolveclothing.com

If Carrie Bradshaw worked in corporate (and faux Vogue doesn’t count), she’d be wearing a whimsical—but professional—cardi like this checked style her alter ego Sarah Jessica Parker is wearing. The workplace-layering staple serves two important purposes: First, the air-conditioning is permanently on high, and second, how else will you dress up a neutral shift dress/pencil skirt/black trousers? (Or depending on your office, maybe you can mix prints like Carrie, er, Sarah Jessica, totally would.)

J.Crew Jackie cardigan in stripe with anchor buttons, $72, farfetch.com

Kenzo patterned cardigan, $350, farfetch.com

Madewell Double Dot cardigan, $88, shopbop.com

Pendleton women’s summer cardigan, $98, amazon.com

Duro Olowu for JCP animal-print cardigan, $45, jcpenney.com

Topshop knitted spring tile jacket, $90, topshop.com

Based on the hot menswear-inspired trend, blouses are now fun to wear even outside the office—like January Jones here, looking lovely in her contrast-collar pink top. Feminine details, color plays, and beautiful prints give the foundation piece a decidedly springtime vibe.

PJK Patterson J. Kincaid Primrose blouse, $97, shopbop.com

A.RA Kylie polka-dot blouse, $41, piperlime.com

Zara oriental-print shirt, $60, zara.com

Zara crossover printed top, $60, zara.com

ASOS petite exclusive shirt with contrast trim detail, $47, asos.com

Pencey Mia Western blouse, $143, shopbop.com

Printed skirts are major for spring, but the office isn’t always the best place to break out cutesy florals or sultry leopard. You want to be taken seriously, right? But classic pencil skirts withtexture—like Jaime King’s creamy embroidered tweed piece—have a special element while remaining office-appropriate. Bonus: You really will be able to wear the piece for years.

Mango striped bouclé skirt, $60, mango.com

Lilly Pulitzer Gerbera skirt, $148, lillypulitzer.com

Max Studio leather-trimmed pencil skirt, $129, maxstudio.com

Anthropologie brocade pencil skirt, $98 anthropologie.com

J.Crew No. 2 pencil skirt in neon tweed, $138, jcrew.com

You’ll want to invest in a pair of commuter shoes just so you can wear spring’s pointy-toe pumps when you get to the office. And not to keep knocking basic black, but there are ways of keeping the heels profesh and injecting a little something extra—like texture details, ankle straps, the d’Orsay element, or tonal contrasts—like Olivia Palermo’s rose-strapped stilettos.

Steven Revolvir pointy-toe pumps, $139, shopbop.com

Delmara pumps, $138, nastygal.com

Jeffrey Campbell Koons pumps, $135, nordstrom.com

Charles David Galactic d’Orsay pumps, $150, lastcall.com

Tahari Sabina Mary Jane pumps, $110, macys.com

ASOS Proxy pointed high heels with toe cap, $50, asos.com

Zara black-and-white combination heels, $80, zara.com

You know what they say: New season, new handbag. Or they really should start saying that. Ashley Madekwe’s structured satchel is the perfect example of the ultimate workbag. It’s roomy enough to hold all your job-required gadgets (tablet, smartphone, charger), plus any daytime essentials, without losing it’s polished, professional shape.

IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson Hudson Street cross-body bag, $148, nordstrom.com

Melie Bianco Lena bag in nude, $61, 6pm.com

Cambridge Satchel Company 11-inch leather satchel in red, $140, neimanmarcus.com

Kimchi Blue glossy suitcase satchel, $49, urbanoutfitters.com

Danielle Nicole Peyton satchel, $60, dsw.com

Aldo Noronen Mini Satchel, $84, asos.com


A new season means fresh motivation on the job and a much-anticipated switch from your wintry office wear. We're replacing ours with light layering pieces, gorgeous bags, and elegant shoes. Get shopping with this handy list of seven supremely chic but totally work-appropriate (and wallet-friendly) wardrobe essentials for the office.

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