If you work in an office, it can be hard enough to dress stylishly every day without the season’s plummeting temperatures and unforgiving winds. Many opt for anything that will keep them warm, even if it means sporting a lacklustre winter work wardrobe. And while I understand the strong desire to keep warm when the season’s worst comes tumbling through, I also know that style doesn’t have to take a back seat.
Having worked as an intern for two different fashion publications last winter, I felt the need to dress to impress. All it takes is some creativity – yes, you can wear skirts in the winter! – and of course, some extra cozy, chic pieces, and you’ll be looking great without shivering your way to and from the office.
I picked up some tips from some of the most well dressed editors in the game, and if there’s one thing they taught me (okay, they taught me a slew of other helpful career tips too), it’s that you can bring your style a-game to the office in the winter.
Here are 5 stylish winter work outfit ideas to teach you how.
Each X Other Oxford Shoes
Each X Other Oxford Shoes by merakilane featuring a dolce gabbana handbag
The shoe switch – how brilliant! Winter boots can totally kill the vibe of a good office ensemble, but they’re necessary to conquer snow and slush. What’s a girl to do? Wear your Sorels to and from work, and keep other stylish shoes under your desk to match with different outfits. Store a pair of flats, heels, and ankle boots so you have a bundle of kicks to choose from throughout the season. These oxford heels are the bomb dot com.
Wolford Velvet Tights
Wolford Velvet Tights by merakilane featuring Yves Saint Laurent
Think wearing dresses and skirts to the office in the winter is totally out of the question? Think again! With velvet tights you can bring work-appropriate skirts and dresses back into the mix. They’ll keep your legs feeling extra luxurious and warm even when you step out for your mid-day coffee run.
Chicwish Faux Fur Vest
Chic Wish Faux Fur Vest by merakilane featuring a brown vest
A faux fur vest is a must-have piece for the office throughout winter. Not only will it class up your outfit, it will keep you nice and snug as you work the day away. Get one in a neutral colour so it’s easy to match with multiple get-ups, from a skirt and blouse to trousers and a tunic.
Vero Moda Aztec Belted Cardigan
Vero Moda Aztec Belted Cardigan by merakilane featuring boho jewelry
Cardigans are no longer just your grandma’s thing, they’re a stylish way to make a statement, especially around the office. A belted cardigan is both professional and cozy, and will look great paired with some wide leg trousers and a bold pendant necklace.
3.1 Phillip Lim Burgundy Wool Wide Leg Trousers
3.1 Phillip Lim Burgundy Trousers by merakilane featuring a leather laptop case
Trousers are a girl’s best friend when the temperature drops, so it’s important to invest in some winter-certified, trendy work pants. Go for a pair in deep burgundy to add a little flare without going overboard. The hue couples well with most colours and is a nice change from black and navy.