It’s not just weekend wear that needs an update with the change in season. Workwear garments, those daily drivers, also require a little freshening to better suit spring’s warming temps.
And the best choices are those that offer myriad possibilities. The picks we’re after are thoughtfully designed staples that show up well for meetings and make a seamless transition to date night. They can also make weekend appearances, albeit with a few adjustments.
Here are our top five double-duty pieces that are right on-trend this spring — and perfect for powering through the workday in comfort.
1. The Shirtdress
Sleek stripes are a springtime standard, and on this polished shirtdress from Everlane ($75), they add a certain classic appeal. You can easily move this through your wardrobe for nearly any occasion. Head to work in a pair of pumps, or slip on sneakers and a light jacket for weekend fun.
2. The Blouse
A dainty blouse doesn’t have to be prim. Stretch your creativity by mixing and matching that sweet topper with casual separates — it’s possible to create chic looks for the office or for brunch or for fun with your gal pals.
This creped blouse from H&M ($34.99) makes its mark with a strong black tie over a keyhole neckline. It’s perfect with your favorite black work pants or with jeans and flats for a casually polished look.
3. The Blazer
We love that plaid continues its on-trend hot streak in 2019. The revered check print has found its way onto everything from handbags to cropped pants to blazers. We’re partial to the plaid blazer for its ability to fit nicely into your existing wardrobe.
This version from Zara ($69.90) is a powerful partner for a sleek pencil skirt, a blouse, and pumps. Or, team it with a black sheath dress and platform sandals for a punky-funk touch (nineties, anyone?).
4. The Jumpsuit
Still? You might wonder when exactly the jumpsuit will tuck itself back into the annals of fashion history. As of now, it’s still very much a part of the here and now, thank you very much.
To make the jumpsuit work this season — and at the office — you’ll need to seek out a utility-style number that’s a little more reserved than dressy. This one from Melloday ($36.97) is available in a few colors and is super easy to accessorize. The sleek zip front adds a classy finishing touch.
5. The Snake
Move over leopard, there’s a new print in town. Snake prints are relatively timeless, but this year they make their mark in a far more versatile way. You can easily sport the vivacious pattern at the office, provided you show up in a silhouette that’s corporate-friendly (translate: no bodycon or thigh-high slits).
This grey, belted midi dress from Missguided ($25) fits the bill, and definitely adds to your power wardrobe. Wear it with a blazer and pumps to the office. Then, pull your hair up in a messy bun and switch to sexy, strappy shoes and a crop jacket for date night.
This post about on-trend workwear was rewritten in February, 2019.
Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.
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