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 combo of camera-ready tops 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 knit dress takes all the effort out of it. The fabric has the fluidity of your go-to loungewear, while subtle definition at the waist creates an impeccable silhouette. Opt for a neutral hue to simplify styling—you can add pops of color or pattern with your shoes and accessories.
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, dramatic sleeves dress up a soft pullover, and crinkled pleats give the pants an easy sophistication that you'll love just as much as the elastic waistband.
While jackets may not be required, they're always an option—especially when they come in an easy linen blend. This look nods to the relaxed-workwear trend by moving away from shoulder pads and sharp lines, but it's still dressy enough to elevate the denim. A bold bag and square-toe flats finish the outfit and keep it from skewing too casual.