The New Generation Office Dress Code

How to dress at work: the new generation

Whether you’ve just snagged a dream job and want to impress on your first day, or you just fancy revamping your office-ready wardrobe for the new 2018; this is the style guide for you.

Unless you have got your dream job in fashion, or are currently searching through fashion recruitment ads, it can be daunting with what to wear.

Business dress from just a couple of decades ago seems unbelievably different to what it is today. At one time, the office dress code was all about power dressing — think formal suits, smart blouses and an almost exclusively monochrome colour palette.

But today, the choice and variety for most of us is far greater — but why? Many think a trend towards after-work socialising and the open and laid-back workplace environment has caused a shift towards more individual, fashionable outfits. Our busy lives mean we need a working wardrobe that can seamlessly take us from work to play. Although, this isn’t without its difficulties. Go too casual and you risk an awkward chat with your manager about appropriateness, while a formal outfit may look like you’re over-dressing.

If you want to know how to get the ideal, on-trend look for the workplace, check out this simple and effective style guide!


Trouser styles

Effortlessly chic, there’s a way you can dress in formal trousers that doesn’t require a full power suit made famous in the 80s and 90s.

Enhance your figure in a pair of stylish tapered trousers and build the rest of your outfit around these. Wear them with flats day-to-day and switch them for heels for that all important meeting. For a more daring office look — that you may want to check is OK with your boss first — try culottes and frill hem trousers. Perhaps stay clear of bolder prints and colours and stick to classic checks and stripes, instead.

Now, you need to decide what top you want to wear to complement your new office-ready trousers. For a more casual look, wear a loose-fitting plain t-shirt and slouchy cardigan. Then again, if it’s formal you’re aiming for, swap the tee for a smart blouse — an embroidered shirt would be the perfect choice.

Office dresses

We’ve all had those mornings when we’re running late for work and just need to throw something on and get out the door — which is where the office dress comes in.

Occasion dresses are great when you want to head out with your colleagues after work, but they might be too dressy for daytime at the office. Instead, choose a simple and chic midi dress in a plain style or subtle print. These dresses look great at any time of year and you can dress them up with high heels and jewellery, or down with tights and ankle boots.

Many employers are now absolutely fine with their employees coming to work in casual clothes. Jumper dresses will work well during the colder seasons, while belted shirt dresses are great for spring and summer — plus, their collars will naturally make your feel smarter and more office-ready.


Gone are the days of short heels or plain and boring flats. There are lots of shoes that you can wear for work today, including loafers. Smart yet stylish, they’re the perfect work shoe that can be worn with trousers, dresses and jeans. You’ll definitely need black loafers, and it’s wise to invest in a nude pair too.

Love the comfort of your favourite boots? Then why not bring it to work. Over-the-knee boots teamed with a jumper dress and tights is an on trend look for 2018. Then again, heeled boots are also a great option when you want that extra height, while flat boots can also work for walking about the office.

When it comes to high heels, you need to proceed with caution. Go too high, and you might be in pain after a few hours — not ideal when you have a long shift ahead. That doesn’t mean you have to wear kitten heels though; mid-heeled, closed-toe shoes are the perfect choice. Strappy sandals are also good — especially when teamed with wide-leg trousers for a chic daytime look.


We’re sure most of our parents wouldn’t have gotten away with wearing jeans to the office, but today, many workplaces encourage it!

Of course, don’t go nuts — save your ripped and frayed designs for off-duty days. Keep it classic with plain, rip-free denim in a darker wash to give a more formal vibe, then pair your jeans with a smart-casual shirt, formal flats and a chic blazer. Of course, if your company has a strict dress code, you may not be able to wear jeans at all, so it’s well worth enquiring before your start date to avoid any fashion faux pas!

Now’s the time to make the most of our more relaxed office dress codes. Follow these tips and revamp your business style during the working week.


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