Spring workwear on a budget
Stash away the winter wools and the tweed blazers and start making room in your closet for spring’s lightened-up looks.
Among the trends that are going to work with us this spring? Small neck scarves tied or looped around the neck are very Parisian-chic and can add a polishing effect to oxfords. When it comes to prints, large hibiscus blooms are proving to be the “it” florals for spring 2016, appearing on everything from sheath dresses and pencil skirts to blazers and ankle pants. We’re also spotting a resurgence of classic pinstripes, as well as chambray and other lightweight blazers that are a little bit longer than the more cropped ones we saw trending this winter.
Ready to give your work wardrobe a promotion? Here’s how to look on-trend — yet professional — without burning your whole paycheck. A few money-saving tips: Invest in pieces that can be mixed-and-matched with other items in your work wardrobe and be sure to sign up for ShopAtHome.com so you can earn Cash Back and other rewards from your fave merchants.
Because workplaces have varying dress codes, we’re breaking down our spring shopping guide by office type.
For the creative office:
OK, trendsetters and creative types. You, of all folks, are the ones who get to experiment with the season’s best (and most daring) trends. This Gerber Daisy Print Pencil Skirt, $98, Banana Republic, is ready to be remixed throughout the season. Pull off the perfect pattern mixing effect by pairing a navy breton striped T-shirt and a navy blazer. On more casual days, a T-shirt and denim jacket or a chambray top will sync up nicely with this bold skirt. Gerber Daisy Print Pencil Skirt, $98 (plus Cash Back), Bananarepublic.com
For a business-casual office:
Were black and gray heavy in your winter wardrobe rotation? A chambray blazer is the perfect reset for spring. The soft Chambray Blazer, $118, in a lightweight blue hue can perfectly complement lighter summer separates — like white or tan slacks. On cool days, layer over a navy striped or black turtleneck for an instant spring vibe. Go ahead and pair this blazer over patterned sheaths or with a white button-up and pencil skirt. Chambray Blazer, $118 (plus Cash Back), Loft.com
For a conservative office:
Ready to suit up for spring? Instead of your go-to suit combos, try popping a pastel shirt underneath your suit jacket. Spring’s lighter hues — like yellow and lavender — soften up darker grays. Pull some color into your work wardrobe with one of these popover camp shirts from Ann Taylor. The pink dust, blue pearl or yellow bamboo shirts would add the perfect dose of color to your work wardrobe. Popover Camp Shirt, $79.50 (plus Cash Back), Anntaylor.com