As more people return to their offices, the what-to-wear question might feel especially challenging. After all, many of us spent enough time working from home to get really comfortable with the camera-ready uniform of collared shirts and sweatpants—chances are your outfit-making muscles haven’t had much of a workout over the past year. We're here to ease you back in, and the workwear trends we're seeing will also help smooth the transition. Think clean, minimal lines and soft, unstructured pieces that balance comfort and professional polish. We created three looks to demonstrate how this relaxed (but still refined) dress code might play out over a typical workweek.
When you make the switch back from conference call to conference room, you're going to want to make a good impression. A sport coat and trousers take all the effort out of it. The fabrics in this look are a twist on tradition—the lightweight knit jacket fits like your favorite loungewear, and stretch-cotton pants move easily from work to weekend. A floral-print button-up keeps the outfit feeling and looking light.
Whether you're actually working from home or you just want to bring some of that laid-back vibe back into the office, this new crop of elevated casuals has you covered. In this outfit, crisp stripes define a linen underlayer while a collared cardigan adds soft structure. The pants look tailored—no one has to know they're topped off with an elastic waistband.
While jackets may not be required, they're always an option—and a streamlined shirt-jacket is the modern way to play it. A striped sweater-polo and chinos keep the look from skewing too casual, while suede sneakers ground it in comfort.