5 Ways to Rock a Suit Alternative Like a Boss
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5 Ways to Rock a Suit Alternative Like a Boss

Your nine-to-five — it’s where you spend a pretty significant amount of time during the week (the majority, really). And at this point, the rules of the office, as they relate to matters of style, have pretty much dominated the duds filling your closet. That said, adhering to a strict HR-approved attire policy shouldn’t have to mean parting ways with those fine-tuned style sensibilities. It is, indeed, possible to do the climbing-the-corporate-ladder thing and show off some of that award-winning personality — it’s what got you the job, after all. So how to master perfectly put-together style that balances on-the-job elegance with a dash of cool? We’ve got you. We’re serving up five on-point ensembles (wardrobe essentials, RN accessories and all) that do just that.

Pinstripes might be en vogue, but girl, they’re just not your style — and that’s totally cool. Do corner-office cool your way with an arsenal of polished pieces with undeniable runway-ready edge. An asymmetric blouse is the ultimate alternative to the classic button-down, while whimsical pajama-inspired trousers deliver a serious dose of panache. Round out the outfit with a sleek vest that battles stuffy commutes and icy offices like the boss you are. And don’t forget a pair of statement earrings to cap it all off.

COS Sleeveless Scuba Blazer ($150), Toit Volant Kiki Asymmetrical Top ($150), Drakes for J.Crew Pant in Midnight Unicorn ($198) + Pamela Love Satellite Earrings ($325)

Cozy doesn’t even begin to cover it. Put up a polished front with sophisticated suede pumps and a clean-cut blazer, while secretly kickin’ it low key with a snuggly turtleneck sweater and chic relaxed-fit culottes. The next best thing to your Sunday not-so-best? We think yes.

Equipment Garner Wool-Twill Vest ($200), Topshop Multi Stripe Pleated Trousers ($65), COS Slip-On Suede Shoes ($175) + Wilfred Free Lin Sweater ($135)

When you’re short on time but your agenda is jam-packed, pieces that can pull a little double duty are essential. This look totally nails the boardroom-to-bar transition with effortless style staples that kill it both on duty and after hours. A silk cami and amped-up trousers feel downright refined when teamed with a floral blazer and pointed-toe ankle boots by day. Once the sun sets, shed that extra layer and watch as the ensemble comes into its own with strappy sandals and a layered necklace.

L’Agence Jean-Marie Printed Denim Blazer ($241), H&M V-Neck Camisole Top ($18), Zara Trousers With Golden Side Buttons ($100) + Mango Mixed Chain Necklace ($30)

Achieving best-dressed employee status is easy with these gilded trousers on hand. Balance out the standout bottoms with classic on-the-job essentials, like a streamlined blazer, collared shirt and pointed-toe loafers. For just a hint of glitz, throw a pair of mismatched earrings into the mix (we like to think they’ll send those creative vibes into overdrive).

J.Crew Regent Blazer ($198), Zara Shiny Trousers ($50), C/meo Collective A Little Soul Shirt ($140) + Building Block Business ($690)

Turn up the heat on your down-to-business ensemble with an arsenal of cutting-edge items. Start with a printed velvet blazer that fuses ’90s-era glamour with RN swagger, then proceed to pair with belted burgundy culottes and shimmery gold steppers. Ditch the traditional button-down for a turtleneck sweater that’s just as cozy as it is sophisticated, and don’t even think about setting foot in your office without a souped-up tote in hand.

Zara Velvet Blazer ($169), Wilfred Huet T-Shirt ($55), Mango Crop Trousers ($60) + Intentionally Blank Perf in Gold ($189)

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