10 Ways to Spice Up Your Office Look

By on February 15, 2013

Everyone gets a case of the Monday's, but there is no reason why your wardrobe has to suffer the same fate day after day! Working in an office setting, as corporate as it may be, does not mean that you have to don turtle necks and Mary-Janes.

Dressing drab is a direct reflection of how you feel, so no more boring, predictable pencil skirts or starchy shirts, variety is the spice of life and your office wardrobe is about to get a little more delectable!

1) Fabulous Footwear

oxfords pumps

Shoes ladies, need we say more? There is absolutely no excuse to be schlepping around the office wearing shoes from snorseville. Office shoes fall somewhere between fashionable and practical. Teetering around the copy room in platform stiletto's is too much, but a gorgeous pair of fawn ankle booties, or lace-up oxfords pumps is exactly what you need.

2) Wide Leg Denim

trouser jeans Not every office has a strict dress code about wearing denim, so if you're lucky enough to have a fashion forward boss, but still have to maintain a semi-formal look, wide leg jeans or trouser jeans are the perfect marriage between casual friday and get-down-to-business Mondays.

3) The Party Cardi


Cardigans  are a style staple for any time of the year, but for your office look, there are cardigans and then there are cardigans! Look for bright colors or bring a little glamor by choosing cardigan with embellishments like embroidery or sequins.

4) Blaze Away

Owning a power suit is a given, but a blazer is one of the most versatile pieces a woman can have in her office attire arsenal! With a wide array of cuts, prints and patterns, throwing on a blazer is one of the easiest ways to give the ‘ol office look a little spice.

5) Statement Jewelry

Top jewelry trends for 2013

For some, the prospect of changing their entire look is rather daunting. If this is the case, start with small changes like statement jewelry pieces. A bold stone necklace can transform a meek and muted blouse into a vintage inspired masterpiece. Adorn yourself with bangles, cuffs, elaborate earrings, or large cocktail rings.

6) The Peplum Dress

Peplum Dresses

The peplum style has long been championed by none other than Ms. Kim Kardashian. Worry not, that's not why this particular style made the list, we think you should love it because of it's vintage charm and fashion forward sophistication. A peplum dress can be worn anywhere, and if you want something that transcends nine-to-five style and carries on into Happy Hour, this style will do the trick.

7) Pleated Skirt

pleated skirt

Yes, we are talking about the same skirt that your mother used to wear when she was running her errands. What's old is new again, and skirts with industrial pleating are making a huge comeback. Go long, or short, the pleated skirt adds instant texture and depth to your overall look.

8) Funky with Fur

You may or may not have noticed that fur has made a roaring come back in the last couple of seasons, but just because it's gracing the pages of Vogue or InStyle, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's for you. Keep in mind that you don't have to wear the real thing! Faux fur is just as chic, so be bold and experiment!

9) Wrap Dress

Wrap Dress

Enough with the dress pants already! Go from bleak to chic with a beautiful knit wrap dress (http://ca.eonline.com/news/365038/styles-we-re-thankful-for-leggings-wrap-dresses-and-wide-belts) Office wear should be a blend of comfort and elegance any time of year, and the wrap dress is a piece that you should have in multiple patterns, tones and fabrics.

10)  Signature Handbag

color block

You are a fierce, successful, exciting, and ambitious fashionista and when you step out that door in a traffic-stopping get-up, it's all for not if you don't have a conversation worthy handbag to pull the whole look together. Gone are the days of the designer gym-bag sized handbags, and it's back to sleek handle satchels and gorgeous daytime clutches. Contrast patterns are the in thing this season as well as pastel color block styles.

Jordana Manchester
Jordana Manchester
Contributing Writer at ExcelLiving.com
Jordana is an award nominated freelance travel and fashion writer, a former model, an anthropology student and photographer. After spending a year abroad working with lions in Zambia, trekking through the jungles of Sumatra and wandering medieval castles in Portugal, she settled down in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. She makes use of her eclectic background by incorporating her infatuation with fashion and style, her obsession with xenophilia, and her obvious love of wayfaring, into every piece she writes.

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