What To Wear to the Office in 2024 (According to an Executive Image Stylist)

February 23, 2024

You’re not the only one wondering what to wear to the office in 2024. The fact is, every year, people have the same questions about work attire.

  • What should I wear to the office? 
  • Does this follow my work’s dress code?
  • What IS my office dress code anyway?

To make things simple for you this year, our Executive Image Stylist has identified the five key items you should have in your workwear wardrobe. We picked these out based on their versatility, stylishness, and how they seamlessly blend classic and modern work attire.

Whether you work in a corporate environment or a laid-back start-up, these five pieces won’t let you down.

Subtly Sophisticated Dresses

We love to talk about separates for officewear, but dresses just might be the underdog your wardrobe needs.

Dresses are an easy option for work because they’re a one-and-done look. Just throw on a dress and you’re ready. No more having to worry if your top matches your bottoms. 

The biggest thing to keep in mind when picking out a dress for the office is making sure it’s office-appropriate. The Velvet style above is the perfect example of a professional yet chic dress.

The midi-length hemline and covered shoulders work for traditional offices with stricter dress codes. But the rich mauve color and velvet fabric keep this frock feeling current enough for more fashion-forward workplaces. 

Plus, the wrapped skirt style still highlights the most flattering areas of the body. Covering up doesn’t mean you have to wear a shapeless sack.

For a similar style, try this Gabriela Hearst knit maxi dress. The simple design makes this dress a classic go-to you can wear for years to come.

Professional Layering Pieces

Layering pieces are the Swiss army knife of workplace attire. Pick the right layer and you can wear it over just about anything for any occasion and instantly switch up your look.

You can use a blazer to make a blouse and jeans feel more dressed up, or a cozy cardigan to turn a tank top into an office ensemble. 

Right now, we’re loving layering options like the leather jacket that Cleo Capital Director, Sarah Kunst is wearing above. 

You might think that a leather jacket can’t be workplace-appropriate, but the clean lines and minimal hardware make it a winner. It adds to the outfit instead of distracting.

Update your closet with this long-line Theory leather jacket. It’s cut like a blazer with flap pockets and lapels, but the leather material modernizes this layer in a flash. 

Off and On-Duty Shoes

We know. Everyone has an emotional support pair of Rothy’s. But you don’t have to choose between comfort and style. Case in point? Take a look at the ballet loafers Tory Burch is wearing above. 

They look right at home with her crisp shirt and jeans, but they can also go dressy with a skirt or trousers.

Finding a pair of shoes that can do both off and on-the-clock style keeps your closet versatile and efficient. 

Need the perfect off and on-duty shoe? These Aquazzura suede loafers have you covered. They’re classically designed and intentionally simple to go with just about anything in your closet. The soft black suede and ribbon trim add a touch of luxury to elevate every step you take. 

Polished Pants That Feel Like a Dream

We can’t imagine a time when a well-fitting pair of pants won’t be a workplace staple. In fact, a lot of you might be thinking to yourself, “Well obviously I need pants. But how do I pick the right ones?”

From styling countless clients, we’ve found that the high-waisted, wide-leg trouser is the MVP of office pants. Why? Because they create the perfect silhouette. 

The leg isn’t too wide or too narrow. The high-rise hits most women at their smallest point and gives a little extra room around the belly.

We also love that these have just the right amount of pleating for a modern, trend-aware touch.

Lastly, the color and the textured fabric are the cherry on top. Grey is a core color that goes with everything, but the marbled texture adds visual interest. 

Looking to add a pair of high-waisted pants to your collection? Try these Stella McCartney wide-leg pants on for size. 

They have an ultra-flattering fit that skims curves while still feeling polished and professional. 

Modern Knits

People hear knits and they think of big, cozy sweaters or sweats. They might think that a lot of knits are too casual to wear to work.

But the truth is, knits can be just as sleek and sophisticated as more structured materials. Just take a look at the photo above. 

A matching knit set feels style-savvy and cool. Plus, a wool a-line skirt is an unexpected silhouette for a knit. It keeps the outfit fresh.

This Khaite cashmere jacket has all the coziness and softness of your favorite sweater but with the sophistication of office wear. The blouson sleeves create a trend-aware, unique silhouette and the cuffed waist subtly defines your shape.

Start Crafting Your Ideal Office Look

Now you know what to wear to the office in 2024. These five pieces are the perfect starter pack for upgrading your style. 
But if you’re ready to dig deeper and transform your entire closet, apply for Next Level Wardrobe’s women’s styling services. Our team will help you create a professional brand that makes you look and feel your best.

About the Author - Cassandra Sethi
About the Author - Cassandra Sethi

Personal Stylist & Image Consultant

Cassandra Sethi is a Personal Stylist and Founder of Next Level Wardrobe, a luxury Personal Styling and Shopping Service that helps successful professionals of all ages and sizes. After working in the fashion industry for over 25 years, she used her expert knowledge to create a proprietary styling system called ‘The Next Level Wardrobe Style System' which guarantees clients more outfits with less items in their closet. NLW has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Tamron Hall Show, NY Mag, Huffington Post and more.

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