Work Outfits with an Edge: 50 Best Business Looks for 2020

By Kaia Saunders / Updated on January 20, 2020


Work outfits can make your days at the office better and lift up your mood. That is why we have prepared some of the best looks made by our favorite bloggers.

Planning work outfits can be quite a challenge, especially when your company or a workplace has a very unique dress code. A perfect office look can be pretty tricky to assemble. You wear work clothes daily, so getting bored is a common thing.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative and express yourself through work fashion. You don’t need to consider black pants and a white button-down as your only business look. On the contrary – you should experiment as much as you’re allowed to! Sometimes, incorporating more colors can make your days happier and your attitude bolder.

Having in mind the traditional guidelines and rules regarding business attire, there are some essential pieces to consider.

Our favorite work and business bloggers know how to make their days at work less annoying by creating chic and fashionable outfits. Get inspired by the examples that we have collected!

Statement Coat

Statement CoatPhoto: galmeetsglam.com

Statement coats are the must-have for this fall and winter season. Plaid is one of the most popular materials that all fashion girls adore. The perfect thing about this pattern is its versatility. You can wear it with both sneakers and high heels. For fall and winter business look combine your long coat with a white dress and accessorize everything with a black leather belt.

Jewel Tones for Work

Jewel Tones for WorkPhoto: thistimetomorrow.com

Even if you think silk might not be the right choice for business looks, this outfit can prove you wrong. In combination with a longer emerald green blazer, this dress in bronze silk gets a sophisticated, edgy vibe. Kitten or block heels are appropriate and comfy for office wear. They also match perfectly with this edgy look.

Turquoise Dress with Puff Shoulders

Turquoise Dress with Puff ShouldersPhoto: thistimetomorrow.com

Puff shoulders are one of the leading fall and winter trends. They are retro-looking, sophisticated, and utterly classy. Button-down dress like this can be a great addition to your workwear combinations. Midi length is appropriate and office-approved as well as white pointy-toe heels. Make this outfit edgy with exciting details – pearl bag is perfect for that.

Pastel Colors and Pleats

Pastel Colors and PleatsPhoto: the-atlantic-pacific.com

Teddy bear coats appeared in stores again, so you know what to do! This piece is excellent for both elegant and casual wear. Leather details, pastels shades, and pleated skirt are all exceptional items to pair and wear during working hours. Wearing socks and sandals is tricky, but you will surely look bold and fashionable.

Black and Grey

Black and GreyPhoto: the-atlantic-pacific.com

Safe and sound – black and grey or all-black-everything outfits are perfect for workwear. Cropped wide-leg pants with oversized sweaters are perfect for workwear. You should always put comfort above style, especially if your work includes a lot of moving around. Block heel boots match with cropped jeans just perfectly.

White Pants

White PantsPhoto: seasonoutfit.com

Plaid blazer and white pants are one of the most sophisticated and chicest combinations you can make for work. Don’t hesitate to add more fashionable details, like a black belt or waistband. Croc’s pointy-toe boots would be a great addition to your fall shoe collection. This is a chic and classy look for all businesswomen.

Burgundy and Camel

Burgundy and CamelPhoto: seasonoutfit.com

Oversized suits might not be your first choice, but trust us – the comfort, as well as the style, will ultimately win over your heart. Burgundy matches perfectly with camel shade. Both of these colors are sophisticated and elegant – no doubts you can wear them with day-to-night outfits.

Shades of Beige and Camel

Shades of Beige and CamelPhoto: lifestylesspace.com

Camel is one of the shades that will definitely lift up every outfit combination, making it appear more sophisticated. This outfit is great for women that prefer a traditional way of dressing without unnecessary details. Chino pants and sweater in the light beige shade, as well as the coat in camel, will be one of the most worn pieces in your wardrobe.

Classy and French-Inspired

Classy and French-InspiredPhoto: Instagram/@maryorton](instagram.com

There are some of the basic items you simply need to have in your closet. According to the French girls, some of those things are – black leather jacket, white button-down, jeans, black boots, and a pleated skirt. By combining any of these items, you can get great business looks. You will get an edgy look by adding some bold and colorful details.

Wrap Dress

Wrap DressPhoto: Instagram/@maryorton

Wrap dresses are not only perfect for workwear, but also for women who don’t like to spend hours planning what to wear. Find a dress that has wrap design, but make sure it is in an interesting pattern or some beautiful shade. If you plan to wear it in winter, pick jewel tones.

Orange Shades

Orange ShadesPhoto: Instagram/@oliviapalermo

One of the boldest workwear style icons, Olivia Palermo, is definitely an example of how chic and sophisticated should look. She decided to dress in orange, which is also one of the trendiest colors of the season. If you want to match your business looks with the fall, don’t hesitate to wear all shades of mustard, orange, and brown.

All Burgundy Everything

All Burgundy EverythingPhoto: Instagram/@chicworkchick

Burgundy is one of the best shades for combining. It goes pretty well with beige, grey or white. However, you can also opt for all-burgundy-everything look like this one. It looks more than sophisticated, chic, and so elegant. Draping coat over your shoulders will just make this business look more fashionable.

Asymmetric Lines

Asymmetric LinesPhoto: Instagram/@9to5chic

Asymmetric lines make outfits look gorgeous and so chic. A white blouse, in combination with a beige asymmetric midi skirt, is an excellent combination for office wear. Bold and chic – that is how we would describe this lovely look.

Leopard Print Heels

Leopard Print HeelsPhoto: fashionjackson.com

Animal print is one of the most wanted trends this year. If you are still not sure if you can wear zebra or leopard print dress, coat or blouse, start with smaller details. Incorporate leopard print heels to your workwear outfits and amaze all your colleagues with an edgy and bold look.

Pastels from Head-to-Toe

Pastels from Head-to-ToePhoto: Instagram/@chicworkchick](instagram.com

If you still haven’t bought pieces in pastel shades – we don’t know what you are waiting for! Blush pink definitely rules the fashion scene for two seasons, so don’t hesitate to try it. Pants and blazer in the same shade, as well as the camisole top in a darker pink, will make you appear fantastic during your working hours.

Fall Color Coordination

Fall Color CoordinationPhoto: Instagram/@chicworkchick

If you are more interested in dark fall and winter colors, then opt for these two. Emerald green and sapphire blue are not only complementary but also great for making perfect business looks. High waist pants and classic bodycon blouse will make your days at work more fashionable.

Simple Yet Chic

Simple Yet ChicPhoto: Instagram/@huntforstyles

Wide pants in great khaki shade will become your favorites, that is for sure. They are versatile and chic, so you can match them with a plain white tee and still look amazing. You can finish off this combination with a pair of black sandals, pointy-toes, or booties.

White and Grey

White and GreyPhoto: Instagram/@chicworkchick

White and grey are some of the most sophisticated color combinations that you can wear. Grey blazer is so chic, even when you combine it with a basic tee in the darker shade of grey. White pants or jeans are cropped, which is great for both pointy-toes and booties.

Lady in Red

Lady in RedPhoto: Instagram/@jaceyduprie

Red is undoubtedly one classy and elegant color, perfect for creating lovely business looks. This maxi dress has short sleeves, so you can always combine it with a coat or leather jacket. Match this adorable dress with nude sandals or stiletto heels.

Pretty Polished

Pretty PolishedPhoto: styleoholic.com

There’s nothing quite as chic as tailored, well-fitted clothing in classic black and white. Here actress Olga Kurylenko shows us just how it’s done, in high-waisted black fitted pants and a silky cream blouse with a deep V-neckline. Pointy black stiletto heels round off the sophisticated ensemble.

Ladylike Luxe

Ladylike LuxePhoto: business-casualforwomen.com

Part office, part glamour, it’s all about color and texture in this elegant city look. Cream, grey and beige tones are paired beautifully in a look that’s both feminine and professional at the same time.

Penciled In

Penciled InPhoto: pinterest.com

Nudes and pale pinks have become the staples of modern luxury. This ensemble perfectly blends form-fitting beige pants with a floaty top and fitted blazer in beautiful rose blush. Nude stiletto pointy pumps round off this ultra-feminine look.

Navy Does It

Navy Does It

Navy blue is the one color that suits just about every skin tone out there. A crisp white sleeveless blouse is striking against this ankle-skimming pair of navy-blue pants, while strappy open-toed sandals polish off this cool office look.

Street Smart

Street Smart

For trendy work attire that will take you from day to night, add a modern touch to your outfit. A slouchy denim button-down shirt adds an urban feel to this otherwise feminine ensemble, while nude strappy sandals add an elegant, glamorous feel.

All Striped Up

All Striped UpPhoto: glamradar.com

Horizontal stripes are all the rage on the runway this season. Why not bring some fashion savoir-faire into the workplace too? Paired with a comfortable shift skirt and white flat pointy pumps, this look is chic and comfortable – perfect for the office.

Navy Notions

Navy NotionsPhoto: buyerselect.com

Office work clothes needn’t be boring. Add some polished city glamour to your work attire with a dark navy-blue blazer. Worn here over a simple white vest, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a pair of beige slouchy pants. The higher waistline plus skinny brown belt adds a fun, trendy touch to this modern look.

Aye Captain

Aye CaptainPhoto: fashforfashion.com

See how versatile that navy blue blazer can be? It steals the show in this ensemble, paired with classic white skinny jeans and a Breton-inspired striped button-down top. A pop of bright red adds some playful pizazz to round off this fun nautical look.

Quite All White

Quite All WhitePhoto: glamradar.com

Casual Friday, anyone? The classic top-to-toe all-white outfit is given a modern edge with reflective sunglasses and a fitted striped blazer. Nude heels and a tan hold-all handbag top off this cool work outfit.

Parisian Business Chic

Parisian Business Chic. This cute take on business attire is not the most formal one, but it sure gives you the feeling of the French working girl on the go!Photo: depechesmode.com

The high neck lace top is essential for this look, as well as the A-line skirt. Top that with a navy blazer and the shoes of your choice, as you can’t miss with either flats, heels or ankle boots.

For the final touch, you can opt for the tiny headband to give you that unique Parisian vibe, and there you have it!

Mix & Match Blazer + Trousers Combo

Mix & Match Blazer + Trousers Combo - Looking fierce has never been so easy! Rocking the flare trousers to work on a sunny day has a unique charm.Photo: brunettefromwallstreet.com

Stripey pants, especially high wasted, always look chic. To balance the whole outfit, pop the dark-colored fitted blazer and the white button-down shirt underneath.

Overall, this look is one of those that get you excited for the workday!

Cheeky Details

Want to stay girly, but professional? ItPhoto: galmeetsglam.com

Again, b&w. But this adorable top with flared sleeves (that you can wear on various occasions) is giving us life! The high waisted pants are the safe choice, but why don’t challenge the look with the cute bow in the front?

What this look needs is the pop of pink or any pastel-colored accessories!

Houndstooth As A Staple

Houndstooth As A Staple - Smart and elegant, pattern and black- wePhoto: minimalissmo.blogspot.rs

This outfit is perfect for boss ladies who enjoy the color black. But the ever-trendy “houndstooth” patterned jacket (or a coat) is here to give a twist to a monochromatic look.

Roll necks are so classy, tucked in business pants, therefore this outfit represents maturity and professionalism.

Pop of Color

This corporate vintage ensemble is what everybody needs in their closet, for the days when youPhoto: sweetblogofmine.com

Grey flare pants take us back to the 1930s, brown mules are such statement footwear, but to not look rather dull, combine these with a simple electric top that brings it all together.

Chic and minimalistic, and ready to run the office!

Conquering The World In Stilettos

Everything is more fabulous when youPhoto: 9to5chic.com

This look features the gorgeous blush business pants that give you a slightly romantic touch. The choice of blouse is optional, as long as it’s neutral colored.

Put on your most uncomfortable pumps and a long coat, and there’s nothing you can’t do!

This Dress Means Business

Nothing screams "powerful" more than this kind of dress. Embrace your feminine style and show off your figure in such a subtle wayPhoto: chevronsandeclairs.com

This classic business dress is one of those pieces of clothing every woman needs to own, as it perfectly suits every body type and gives a sense of pure elegance.

Add neutral heels and matching accessorize to complete the outfit, and the goal is achieved.

Spices Of Spring

It may appear unusual, but this outfit gives the modern twist on a typical business combo. Who doesnPhoto: thistimetomorrow.com

Let’s talk about the skirt. We’re familiar with the monochromatic stripes, but look at that fantastic print! And the cutest pop of color it deserves.

The other honorable mention is the statement necklace, which is a necessary touch in this case. So chic and youthful!

Colorful Trifecta

Always play with the color combination, even if itPhoto: nanysklozet.com

Now, forget the blacks and grays! Start with the classic neutral piece — a blazer, for example, and let your imagination do the rest.

It’s funny and playful, and it kills monotony. Bring some color to the office, but be careful — It actually has to make sense!

Own The Pastels

Brightening up the office with the prettiest of colors, looking sharp and edgy, but through this immensely posh vibePhoto: thechrisellefactor.com

Blush, or any pastel color, makes an outfit more feminine, even if it’s only business pants and a button-down shirt.

It’s cute and stylish, but it does the job. You can play with patterns if you’d like, or you can stick with a white with some structure on. Don’t forget the statement pumps that are made for this look.

Straight From The Yacht

Embrace the summer heat with an all-white outfit, since that is the only epitome of coolness and freshness during those days. Just try to keep the textures appropriate business-wise and the cuts less flouncy.Photo: eatweartravel.com

Embrace the summer heat with an all-white outfit, since that is the only epitome of coolness and freshness during those days. Just try to keep the textures appropriate business-wise and the cuts less flouncy.

Add a statement bag and shoes, and you’re ready to go!

Black On Black Season

HerePhoto: memorandum.com

Minimalism at its finest- it appears professional and subtle but leaving the impression of a businesswoman with impeccable taste in clothing.

V-neck dress, or in this case, blouse (tucked in the high waisted skirt) complements beautifully with a simple pearl necklace, but any more jewelry could quickly spoil the effect of this outfit.

Summer Sleek

Lovely pieces creating effortless chic ready to do some business!Photo: workchic.com

It might be tricky to dress for work in summer, but with a couple of key pieces, you can survive even the hottest day. Floaty shirts in any colors or patterns are welcome with a simple above-the-knee skirt in white or any bright color.

Since it’s summer, get rid of the darks! Embrace the whites, yellows, pastels, but be sure to keep that classy bag in black.

Silky And Smooth

Not too much, but just enough- spice the business attire up with some cleavage and silkPhoto: ninethirtytofive.blogspot.rs

It’s all about the materials. Floaty, but elegant blouse (that doesn’t necessarily have to be buttoned all the way up) goes lovely with the gorgeous silky blazer.

Still, if you want to keep that professional elegance, combine those with a contrasting pencil skirt and a simple pair of heels.

Conservative Queen

Conservative Queen: Get out of your comfort zone with a bold choice of color- donPhoto: extrapetite.com

The knee-length skirt made of wool makes this outfit interesting since there it consists of pretty conventional pieces. The same bright-colored blouse and shoes need something to stand up to, and this mustardy yellow is the perfect contrast.

Top this look with a tweed jacket and choose if you want to add some accessorize (if it doesn’t spoil the loveliness of the collar).

Rockin’ The Pantsuit

RockinPhoto: mamainheels.com

Fitted or loose, your choice. Wear it unapologetically and be a true queen! Show them who’s the boss in this stylish business attire.

But there’s a catch — you don’t want to seem uninteresting, so be free to opt for a surprising twist in the form of a tiny belt in electric color and/or a large tote bag.

Impress The Boss

Impress The Boss: See how easy it is to incorporate that summer dress you love into the work outfit.Photo: oliviajeanette.com

We get it, it’s hot outside, and you don’t want your lovely summer dresses to sit in the closet, so here’s the look that makes you classy and chic and at the same time not look like you have just come from the beach.

Add a little belt to fit it around the waist and throw on the smart-casual blazer that’s a bit longer, hop in the matching pumps, and voila!

Corporate Runway

Corporate Runway - The nude reign is constant; embrace that with the numerous shades of beige, ecru, and blush.Photo: karissamarieblog.com

The perfect nude ensemble is perfectly combatted with a touch of black — just to keep the tough effect of corporate attire. The graphic, edgy vibe is achieved with modern, strappy sandals.

The tailoring is exceptional; slack-style pants do a lot better than the classic slim ones, and a slightly longer blazer does better than the essential short one.

Badass Boss

Badass Boss: The ultimate tomboy chic vibe is in the DNA of this outfit; all of that with a feminine touchPhoto: mon-cherries.blogspot.rs

Yes, both the blazer and pants staples are borrowed from the boys, but almost always worn in a semi-feminine way. This outfit shows the opposite — the tie and the oversized pants add some vibrant masculinity.

The feminity and fashion-forwardness lie in the fur coat — something that is a year-round staple of the likes of Kate Moss.

Cold And Glamorous

Cold And Glamorous - Bypass the trousers once, and head towards a sophisticated dress!Photo: lolitamas.com

The pleated dress is an example of how exuberant and cold (at the same time) a dress can be. Ultimately sophisticated and refined, pleats do great in both a wrap dress version and a clean-cut one.

Statement minimalistic accessories are the way to compliment this look!

Ballerina Vibes

Ballerina Vibes - The flats and the oversize boyfriend blazer make the perfect statementPhoto: styllove.blogspot.rs

…all of that with a Breton striped mariniere blouse for the extra Parisian feel.

The golden buckle on a signature wide waist belt makes the emphasis go on small details, rather than the plain darkness of the outfit.

Clash Of The Prints

Clash Of The Prints: A little bit of flamboyance goes a long way when it comes to print mixing for business!Photo: zijunstyle.com

Avoid the rules with this kind of a fashion statement! If you usually like to express yourself through vivid prints, there is no need to suppress the need for them!

They should anyway be kept low-key with a maximum of three prints in one outfit (complimentary chosen). And add a bright color to it!


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