What to Wear to Work This Fall

What to Wear to Work This Fall


What to Wear to Work This Fall

Written by: Giana León

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Published on: September 8, 2022

Fashion editor: Sandra Slusarczyk

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Photo courtesy of Acielle/Styledumonde.com

The symbolic end of summer means it’s time to tuck away the casual cutoffs and twirly sundresses that got us through. Sad, we know—but that doesn’t mean you have to be all business from here on out. Below, four fresh-feeling (and occasionally colorful) styling strategies to breathe life into your 9-to-5 looks.

Suit Up

Put on a chic power suit or style the separates with other pieces to strike a balance that feels less formal. Here, a pale-blue puff-sleeve top and a gleamy necklace freshen up a pair of cigarette pants.


  1. G. Label Sandy pin-tuck top

    G. Label
    Sandy pin-tuck top
    goop, $450

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  2. G. Label Deven link necklace and chidi lock charm


  3. Maria McManus Pants

    Maria McManus
    Pants
    goop, $550

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Alternatively, you could update classic wide-legs with a tonal cardigan (notice how the gold buttons pick up on the elegant timepiece), thick-rimmed glasses, and sleek flats.


  1. Caddis glasses

    Caddis
    glasses
    goop, $95

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  2. Analog Shift patek philippe calatrava

    Analog Shift
    patek philippe calatrava
    goop, $11,850

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  3. Aeyde flats

    Aeyde
    flats
    goop, $295

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  4. Victoria Beckham cardigan

    Victoria Beckham
    cardigan
    goop, $750

    SHOP NOW


  5. Ganni vest

    Ganni
    vest
    goop, $235

    SHOP NOW


  6. G. Label fahn high-waisted pleated pants

    G. Label
    fahn high-waisted pleated pants
    goop, $495

    SHOP NOW


  7. Prada Skirt

    Prada
    Skirt
    Prada, $2,750

    SHOP NOW


  8. Céline bag

    Celine
    bag
    Celine, $2,850

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Play with Print

A button-up—with its pointed collar, button placket, and neat cuffs—is a corporate classic. So is a pleated skirt. Victoria Beckham brings both to life with this retro-looking geometric print.


  1. G. Label Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff

    G. Label
    Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff
    goop, $650

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  2. Officine Generale shirt

    Officine Générale
    shirt
    goop, $680

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  3. Finish the look with luxe earrings, a slouchy suede carryall, and clean white sneakers.


  4. Officine Genereale trousers

    Officine Générale
    trousers
    goop, $395

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  5. Khaite Tote

    Khaite
    Tote
    Moda Operandi, $2,500

    SHOP NOW


  6. Totême Sneakers

    Totême
    Sneakers
    Net-a-Porter, $570

    SHOP NOW

Mix in Color

Our fashion team tells us that eye-catching colors—pink and yellow in particular—are going to be big this fall. Ground a punchy sweater with sandy wide-legs, then dab on this (highly blendable, easy-to-use) coral cheek stain for a pretty, natural-looking flush.


  1. Ben-Amun bracelet

    Ben-Amun
    bracelet
    goop, $80

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  2. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

    RMS Beauty
    Lip2Cheek
    goop, $36

    SHOP NOW


  3. Alex Mill sweater

    Alex Mill
    sweater
    goop, $155

    SHOP NOW


  4. Nili Lotan pants

    Nili Lotan
    pants
    goop, $495

    SHOP NOW


  5. Apple case

    Apple
    case
    Apple, $49

    SHOP NOW


  6. Aesther Ekme bag

    Aesther Ekme
    bag
    goop, $660

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Can’t commit to brights? Opt for muted shades of jade, burgundy, or glacier blue.


  1. G. Label Sykora Shrunken Cardiganx

    G. Label
    Sykora Shrunken Cardigan
    goop, $575

    SHOP NOW


  2. Ulla Johnson top

    Ulla Johnson
    top
    goop, $245

    SHOP NOW


  3. Maria McManus shirt

    Maria McManus
    shirt
    goop, $480

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Try Texture

Contrasting textures can make any outfit look (and feel) fresh. When the weather permits, team a supple leather skirt with crisp cotton shirting and a cloud-soft cardigan. Tall buttery boots and a matching belt tie in perfectly.


  1. G. Label Balenger Diamond bar earring

    G. Label
    Balenger Diamond bar earring
    goop, $525

    SHOP NOW


  2. Khaite Belt

    Khaite
    Belt
    Mytheresa, $360

    SHOP NOW


  3. The Row Shirt

    The Row
    Shirt
    The Row, $990

    SHOP NOW


  4. Plan C Cardigan

    Plan C
    Cardigan
    goop, $1,190

    SHOP NOW


  5. Plan C short trousers

    Plan C
    short trousers
    goop, $820

    SHOP NOW


  6. ESSE skirt

    ESSE
    skirt
    goop, $645

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  7. Aeyde boots

    Aeyde
    boots
    goop, $672

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Finishing Touches

A zippered pouch to organize your work tote, a cozy knit to keep at your desk, noise-canceling headphones for heads-down time—these are the nice-to-haves we’re bringing with us.


  1. goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Hand Cream

    goop Beauty
    GOOPGENES Nourishing Hand Cream
    goop, $25/$23 with subscription

    SHOP NOW


  2. Kora Organics mist

    KORA Organics
    hydration mist
    goop, $42

    SHOP NOW


  3. Maria McManus Shirt

    Maria McManus
    Shirt
    goop, $480

    SHOP NOW


  4. G. Label LC oversized cardigan

    G. Label
    LC oversize cardigan
    goop, $595

    SHOP NOW


  5. Apple Airpods max

    Apple
    Airpods max
    Apple, $549

    SHOP NOW


  6. Larq bottle

    Larq
    self-cleaning
    bottle

    goop, $95

    SHOP NOW


  7. Loewe Tote

    Loewe
    Tote
    Net-a-Porter, $2,950

    SHOP NOW


  8. Loewe pouch

    Loewe
    pouch
    Net-a-Porter, $590

    SHOP NOW


  9. Emme Parsons Loafers

    Emme Parsons
    Loafers
    goop, $395

    SHOP NOW

Related Reading

Stretch Your Summer Staples through Fall

Styling 5 Key Pieces for Work and Weekend

The Work Capsule Wardrobe

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