Ten Winter Outfit Ideas To Liven Up Your Work Wardrobe

November 12, 2020

The cold winter months are right around the corner, and whether you will be logging on from home for the remainder of 2020 or occasionally venturing into the office, finding the right winter outfit for work is key. 

Chances are your day-to-day work outfits look different than they did a year ago. However, that does not mean you cannot still dress for the occasion. For those who will be toiling away from makeshift offices in their kitchens or from their own couches, consider trading in your structured suit separates for well-tailored jumpsuits or intarsia knits to stay Zoom-call ready. For those trickling back into the office, you will want to brave harsh weather by investing in outerwear styles that are as warm as they are chic — like an oversized trench or a down-filled parka that you can easily slip over your ensemble. 

Regardless of your current setup, there are a plethora of ways to alter your wardrobe accordingly. Ahead is our curated selection of outfit ideas, plus key pieces needed to recreate them.

Calculated Layering

One of the best parts about winter dressing is finding new ways to layer tried-and-true classics. Experiment with chunky knits over collared tops and trousers to give your pieces a trendy update.

Vintage Leather

The leather blazers and jackets of the ‘90s are making a major comeback — especially those of the tan variety. Embrace fall’s must-have trend with an authentic vintage style that can be integrated into your collection of workwear with ease.

‘80s Stirrup Leggings

Stirrup leggings are proof that the laid-back style is equally as fitting for days off as it can be for the office. The secret to pulling them off? Ankle-baring footwear to show off the loop-heel detail- think loafers or sneakers.

Everyday Luxury Tote

If laid-back separates are your go-to during the workweek, do not be afraid to invest in a staple luxury tote to spice up even the most basic of looks.

Slick Textures

Having a slick vinyl look on hand is key to surviving the winter months. Try a patent trench with (faux) leather leggings as an alternative to your classic raincoat.

Statement Intarsia Knits

Putting a cool spin on the ugly sweater trend, intarsia knits are a good way to elevate your work wardrobe with little to no effort. Go for styles with intricate designs to ensure that you fall on the right side of “tacky.”

The Cape Coat

Some work occasions call for a more formal look. To ensure you are as poised as you are warm, an A-line cape coat is a great place to start.

Well-Tailored Coveralls

Coveralls are the one-step outfit that is perfect on days you may be running late. Elevated accessories like starch-white booties will bring the full look together.

Military-Inspired Outerwear

Dress up a pair of jeans for your next meeting by wearing them with a military jacket. Not only is it perfect for layering, but the structured silhouette adds a polished touch to any look.

Sporty-Chic Parka

On especially frigid days in the winter when you have to venture outside, opt for a water-wicking parka over a sweat-dress for maximum warmth. Styles with multiple compartments are perfect for storing cold-weather accessories.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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