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Polished Fall Work Outfits that Aren’t Stiff

Corporate style has come a long way. We’ve finally reached the point where a woman can look professional and polished at work without having to dress stiff. If you’re heading back to the office soon and need ideas for how to look modern and relaxed, here are a few ways to create great fall work outfits!

Fall work outfits- Plaid Pencil Skirt

1. Wear a Pencil Skirt with Pizzazz

Pencil skirts are one of the most professional items you can wear at work, but being so classic, they can get a little boring. So why not pep things up and look pulled together too in this gorgeous check pencil skirt with the rounded hemline and chic side split?

Pair this skirt with a blouse if you work in a formal workplace. Otherwise, a sleeveless turtleneck is a very modern way to go. Plain black leather slingbacks, a quality leather tote, and some classic studs with a fresh look finish off this knockout ensemble.

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2. Express Your Creativity in an Architectural Look

There are many ways to express your creativity in the most serious work environments, and one of those ways is to wear a structured architectural dress. This gorgeous suede sheath, with its minimalistic simplicity, is both powerful and pretty. All-taupe accessories create a stunning monochromatic style that is sophisticated, slimming, and not stuffy.

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3. Connect with Color

If your job is to connect and communicate with clients, color can go a long way to help. Instead of wearing your typical black or gray pants, try some dress pants in a rich, deep fall color like this stunning brick shade. Color is friendly, and color connects. Pair pants like these with a soft print blouse and some neutral accessories to look totally pulled-together but approachable.

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4. Look Classy, but Cozy in a Sweaterdress

A beautiful sweater dress in a classic style and color is a stunning way to look professional but relaxed at work. Pair it with some textured leather boots and a fabulous leather bag for a non-intimidating business look.

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What will you be wearing to work this fall?

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5 thoughts on “Polished Fall Work Outfits that Aren’t Stiff

  1. Due to a shoulder problem, I can no longer wear shoulder or arm bags and have to use a backpack to work. Of course, it should be a stylish and age appropriate backpack: I do not want to look like a schoolgirl or tourist. And that is my problem: what makes a backpack (that should still be comfortable, with not to small shoulder straps) look lady-like, what should I look for, and where to find it? Can you give me advise, or perhaps have a topic on this? I think many 40+ women experience some problems with shoulders, back, or joints and would enjoy tips for comfortable yet stylish bags!

    1. Hi Claire, Wow this must be a big problem because I just checked and even Gucci and YSL have backpacks lol! See here: https://rstyle.me/n/cv9g58b52f7 My best advice would be to find a backpack that looks more like a purse than a backpack and interestingly enough I found this one:https://rstyle.me/n/cv9g4xb52f7 It is the Small Kita Convertible Leather Backpack by Allsaints. You would swear it was a purse.
      It’s quite feminine as is this one by Rebecca Minkoff:https://rstyle.me/n/cv9g62b52f7 I like these because they don’t have that big, heavy touristy look. They are smaller with a purse like shape and some really nice detail. I wouldn’t hesitate to try something like this for work. They look quite professional and a great way to avoid arm and shoulder pain!

  2. Chris, I couldn’t agree more and have written about this on a number of occassions. The reason I use pictures of twenty-something models is because I can’t find pictures of forty-something and beyond models, wearing great clothes!

    Retailers need to wake up!

  3. I like the suggestions, but why the twenty something model? We are still wonderful and beautiful over forty…let’s keep it consistently real on this site.

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