Spring is finally upon us, and businesses across the country are gradually reopening their doors to in-person work. While many companies are implementing hybrid on-site/work-from-home models, employees who are being called back to the office have to determine how to dress for in-person work again.

The pandemic has had a drastic impact on the professional dress codes of the past, and you might be relieved to hear that dressing for the office is more relaxed than ever before. The latest guidance is to “dress for your day,” with flexible standards for client meetings and desk work. In today’s blog, we’ll look at how to style our favourite casual spring looks to suit an office setting.

1. Prioritize comfortable fabrics
When something fits well and feels comfortable, you’ll feel confident and relaxed all day long. Consign or donate any stiff, overly-structured wardrobe pieces that don’t bring you joy, as well as anything that no longer fits. As you source new pieces, opt for breathable fabrics that feel good and drape beautifully. Remember that the number on the tag is just a number; if your sizing has changed during the pandemic, change the clothes, not yourself!

2. Aim for the perfect fit
It can be difficult to toe the line between oversized and ill-fitting clothing, but it’s all about proportion! Oversized pieces need balance to look intentional, so look for a fitted companion piece when building your outfit. Pair oversized knitwear with slim-leg pants or leggings, or a voluminous skirt with a tailored top. Remember that you can always have your secondhand pieces altered for a perfect fit: if an item looks more baggy than trendy, work with a tailor to have it taken in or hemmed.

3. Develop your own high-low aesthetic
With a bit of clever mixing and matching, it’s possible to wear your favourite casual pieces in the office. In a previous blog, we covered shopping for classic pieces that you can turn to again and again when building an outfit, such as cashmere sweaters or silk dresses. Elevate casual basics like sneakers or graphic tees by pairing them with some higher-end classic pieces from your capsule wardrobe. Experiment with different combinations until you find the high-low mix that works for you.

4. Incorporate smart hacks
If you’re hoping to wear comfy joggers to the office, polish your look by reaching for a pair with a chic waistline option, like a flat front/elasticated back combo or a paper-bag-style waist. As for footwear, loafers or sleek sneakers are both office-appropriate and comfortable for all-day wear. Lastly, keep a layering piece such as a blazer or luxe cardigan at your desk; you can throw it on to smarten up your look for meetings, or if the weather takes a turn as we transition between seasons.

Tip: If you’re clearing out your closet to make way for new styles, why not consign with us? Trove Fashion accepts gently-used clothing and accessories. Click here or visit us in store for details.