Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

So you’ve stocked your closet full of the latest spring trends (hello lace and stripes!). But now that it’s time to actually wear your new threads, you can’t figure out how to make them look office appropriate. This is a common case of confusion that affects every working girl at one time or another. That said, today I’m going to show you how to style 5 spring trends so that they can be wearable in the workplace

Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

Trend #1: Stripes
While your pinstripe shorts and tank tops might show off a little too much skin for work, there are still endless ways to wear this pattern in the office. I love the look of a black and white striped blazer paired with neutral separates. And a classic pinstripe button-down blouse can give a lackluster dress suit some flair.

Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

Trend #2: Printed Pants
I’m having a love affair with floral and ikat denim for spring, but not all offices consider jeans part of their dress code. Put a professional twist on the trend with a pair of patterned silk pants that look more formal than jeans. I would suggest keeping within a general color scheme so that your look doesn’t come off as loud. Also, black and white patterns tend to come off a little more sophisticated than colorful ones.

Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

Trend #3: Color blocking
It’s easy to pull off color blocking in the workplace—just be sure to stay within the same color family. A navy cardigan paired with a sky blue blouse and an indigo pencil skirt keeps your 9-to-5 style interesting. However, I would recommend steering clear of any neons, brights, or too many pastels.

Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

Trend #4: All White
I think an all white or all cream pantsuit conveys a look that is both elegant and powerful in the workplace. Trade in your navy skirt suit for a cream version this spring and summer. I can almost guarantee you will turn heads.

Style Note: Translating Trends in the Workplace

Trend #5: Lace
The office is no place for your lacey short shorts (Coachella, on the other hand, is a better choice). But lace in the form of a blouse, dress or pencil skirt? Now we’re talking. Wear an A-line lace dress, a lace button-up or a lace pencil skirt underneath your favorite blazer, with the appropriate undergarments of course. The blazer will keep your overall look conservative, but the unexpected texture underneath will make you feel cool and confident.

Which of these trends are you most excited to try at the office?

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XO Lauren

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  • debora f

    I love the stripes because they give a touch rigorous and color blocking are fun!!!

  • kasia swierzewska

    Thank you for the inspiration! I really like the black and white look, I think it’s a great look for the office. And I LOVE the printed trousers :)

  • Ana Lucas

    I love this!! Definitely needed a few tips to keep my work outfits fun and on trend!

    Thank you!

  • Callie

    Love all these trendy ideas! Excited to try the all white and printed pants look. Here’s some of my Coral, Lace, Side Panel Color Blocking trends:


  • Karmele Garcia

    Stripes, stripes, stripes! I’m loving this trend, and being thinking of using them in a blazer but was not sure. And all white I would love to but I spill a lot of things :)

  • Danna

    i am obsessed with the black and gold leopard pants! i’ve been looking for some, does anyone know where to get a pair?


  • Rafael Centenera

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  • Jen Bozzo

    I always have the biggest problem trying to wear the latest trends to work because I have to wear all black and white. But the striped blazer is something I could definitely wear! And the bottom picture with the black lace top and white skirt is something I could put together too! Thanks for the help!

  • Faisury Kitmanyen

    i wish i have all tha outfits.

  • Deanne Castro

    LOVE all of these work looks!

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  • PurpleFlamingo

    Love this post!


  • Melissa mould

    this is definitely my kind of post. I blog daily outfits on my UK style blog and my outfits are often smart, chic work looks – lots of blazers, smock & body con dresses and skinny jaens looks. I love to wear my favourite clothes, but just make sure I smarten them up with accessories to make them work suitable

    I love the coral skirt in the first outfit

    Mel x
    UK style blogger

  • Annielka

    I’m lucky I can wear what ever I want to the office as I’m a designer. I wear jeans quite often and I must say a crisp well cut blazer always ads a luster to offset the casual vibe.

    Annielka xx
    Australian minimalist style blogger

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I love the ikat designs, too! I am allowed to wear denim in my office! :)

  • Paige M

    Any advice on how to stay “”cool”” in hot temperatures while still looking professional (well, business casual)? I am a college student, but work in an office part-time. I often have to attend class before work, and this includes miles of walking. I am not sure how to keep looking professional without overheating!



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