Not only does September signal the return of fall, but it’s also a not-so-subtle reminder that it’s time to get back to work after a series of long weekends and warm-weather getaways. But dressing like a full-time professional doesn’t have to spell out b-o-r-i-n-g. If anything, it’s your prerogative to dress for the job you want. Whether you’re doing the BYOB (be your own boss) thang or have a more traditional nine-to-five gig lined up, it’s time to roll out that new NEW. Keep scrolling for five A+ approved looks that incorporate some of the season’s biggest trends (think: power dressing 2.0 and vintage-inspired everything).

Contemporary Boardroom

Swishy pleats, nubby knits, ubiquitous sock boots — autumn is the name of the game, and that’s where this distinct fall palette comes in. This chunky knit goldenrod jumper plays well with calf-grazing midi skirts and high-waisted trousers alike. Oh, and don’t forget a functional leather magazine tote that’s game for stowing away your laptop and portfolio. Blush pink drop earrings — for some much-needed daytime glamour — where you at?

Topshop Button Detail Rib Jumper ($65), Front Row Shop Asymmetric Pleated Skirt ($79), Rachel Comey Lohr Earring ($115), Everlane The Day Magazine Tote ($165), Zara High Heel Sock-Style Ankle Boots ($60)

Business Casual

This Parisian-chic croissant tee from the cult favorite brand of the moment Ganni is guaranteed to rack up a bajillion likes and compliments IRL. Top things off with a wool camel blazer that you’ll reach for without fail come the first sign of fall foliage. Then combat a case of the Mondays with some tie-waist trousers and embroidered velvet slippers that make you look (and feel) infinitely more put-together — give or take some sculptural pendant earrings and a compact satchel (it’s more spacious than it looks) for a ceaselessly chic commute.

J.Crew Parke Blazer ($178), Ganni Moulin Embroidered Printed Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt ($70), Stelen Carlotta Pant ($85), Mango Metal Pendant Earrings ($16), Cambridge Satchel Traveller Bag With Side Pockets in Leather ($300), Scotch & Soda Velvet Slip-on Loafers ($175)

Nine-to-Five and Five-to-Nine

For creative work environments, we suggest this luxe terracotta-hued silk slip dress that happens to look bomb with an off-duty parka (this one’s decked out with studs and skulls), artful gold-plated spiral earrings, and retro sneaks. The final touch? Clare V’s got you covered with a conversation-starting mariner striped clutch — French-girl flair included — for all your post five o’clock affairs.

H&M Short Parka ($70), Cuyana Silk Slip Dress in Crepe de Chine Silk ($260), Clare V. Foldover Clutch in Black Mariner Stripe ($265), Young Frankk Spiral Earrings ($86), Tretorn Nylite Plus Sneakers in Leather and Velvet ($85)

Power Dressing in the Modern Era

Maybe you’re running for office on Capitol Hill or perhaps you’re more of a Jenna-Lyons-meets-Sophia-Amoruso #girlboss type. Either way, a pantsuit nation takeover is about to go down. Team this pajama-style striped co-ord with a flouncy blouse and a crocheted mustard clutch that promises to hold you down from dawn to dusk. For added zhoosh, a pair of bronze Mary Jane steppers will get you noticed by the watercooler.

Zara Striped Blazer ($119), Zara Striped Pyjama Style Trousers ($70), Sunday Best Scarlett Shirt ($85), Clare V Foldover Clutch ($275), Crosswalk Mary Jane Pump in Bronze Dream ($165)

First day of a new gig

Play by what rules? Skirt the line (literally) between recent college grad and full-time working professional with this first-day-approved getup. Jump onboard the season’s ’70s revival train with a groovy Marcia Brady-inspired tile print blouse that screams fall traditions, especially when teamed alongside an ultra-femme wrap skirt and trend-right backless mules. Bonus points for sheer socks that peek out just a smidge (dem eyes!). For your accessories du jour, look no further than one of Linjer’s contemporary timepieces (inspired by the Oslo Opera House, no less) and a sleek leather backpack that’s made to tote your tech gadgets and ish.

Dusen Dusen Collared Tee in Floral Tile ($180), Side Party Wrap Skirt ($88), Miansai Santon Backpack in Tobacco Leather ($275), Linjer The Classic, Rose Gold/Tan ($249), Madewell x Hansel from Basel Sheer Eye Socks ($20), & Other Stories Slipper Leather Loafers ($125)

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