In an age when traditional offices are being replaced by remote freelancers and coworking spaces, those typical, yet indisputably boring outfits made up of separates are a thing of the past. In their wake are cool pieces you can wear just about anywhere. Boardroom? Check. A café? Yes. An after-work happy hour? You bet.
Below, we're sharing six great items you can wear during the nine-to-five grind — and beyond.
The New Sheath
Industries like business, finance and law notoriously have conservative dress codes, so we doubt you'll be able to go to the office in a pair of distressed jeans. But your style doesn't have to take a backseat, either. Behold, the happy medium: This modest dress from Ted Baker hits below the knee, but the layered bow detailing by the neck offers a fashion-forward flair. Wear this with your favorite power pumps — and a cropped moto jacket once you clock out.
The New Trousers
If you're tired of wearing the same black trousers five days a week, shake things up with a pair of navy culottes like these from Banana Republic. The wide, cropped silhouette is flattering to your calves and will allow you to wear a great pair of statement heels. Best of all, you can pair this with just about any top: A buttonless blouse at the office (see below), a chunky sweater on weekends, and a cool off-the-shoulder shirt on date night.
The New Blouse
A classic button-down is a great way to look effortlessly put-together, but there are only so many times you can wear the wardrobe staple before it reads stuffy. This funnel-necked shirt from J.Crew offers the same professional verve, but is a sartorial breath of fresh air. When styling this piece, play up the shirt's silhouette. A pair of dangling earrings or hoops will complement the neckline, while a pair of cropped pants will show just the right amount of skin for the workplace.
The New Blazer
Just because skirt suits are out doesn't mean you can't rock a blazer at the office. This double-breasted one from ZARA has a cool borrowed-from-the-boys vibe, making it perfect for the modern workplace. You can style it with slim trousers during office hours and a pair of ripped jeans on weekends.
The New Briefcase
We can't even remember the last time a briefcase was en vogue. But luckily, there are tons of bags that will hold all your stuff — and turn heads in the process. Try this far more exciting option from Gucci on for size. It has enough room to fit important papers and your tablet, and it'll receive many compliments on your morning commute.
The New Work Pumps
While some offices have a casual dress code, you're not putting your best foot forward with a dirty pair of sneakers. Instead, try these low-heeled shoes from Martiniano. The glove-like silhouette is undeniably chic, but thanks to its 1.75-inch heel, these shoes will be comfortable all day long.
If you want to add even more pieces to your closet, check out these five workwear staples.