Many are starting to commute to actual offices for the first time in more than two years. While it may be exciting to have some sense of normalcy again, a new concern is bound to pop-up: "What do I wear?"
Style expert Jasmine Snow stopped by TODAY to talk about office fashion trends for this spring and summer that won't sacrifice comfort. Whether you're actually preparing to head back to the office or simply want to ditch your sweats for the time being, we rounded up simple yet stylish workwear you'll want as wardrobe staples.
Keep reading to see all the latest business comfort fashion trends, from comfortable skirts to the casual shirt dress. You'll look office-ready with the same comforts of work-from-home fashion.
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Office fashion trends as seen on TODAY
A soft fabric and wide-leg shape is an easy transition from sweatpants. You can still stay comfortable while looking polished in these palazzo pants from Eloquii. Snow says bold colors are trending this spring and loves this electric purple hue.
To compliment those smocked waist pants, Snow says to "play the game of opposites" and try a denim shirt. This oversized, casual top is a professional go-to with a button-down front and patch pockets.
Nothing looks more meeting-ready than a classic black blazer with embellished buttons. To elevate the entire outfit, Snow recommends simply throwing it over your shoulders
Tie the whole outfit together with a pointed heel. This slip-on pair is under 4 inches and comes in a neutral white and vibrant green.
Who said you can't wear your PJs to work? These pants live up to their name with an elastic waistband and super soft fabric. Style them with a pair of heels for a simple and professional look.
With fabric as soft as satin, you won't want to take these off. Coming in a bright fuchsia or classic black, this pair of joggers features a slit-cut ankle to wear with your favorite loafer or slip-on heel.
This cozy Amazon pick is a traditional jogger with a soft satin-like material. Choose from 17 different colors, from neutral browns to a bright peacock blue.
This soft skirt has the comfort of loungewear but the sophistication of professional style. Snow describes the soft knit as "butter-y cotton" and it features an elastic waist for the ultimate stretch.
You can't go wrong with this no-stress button-down from J.Crew. This versatile shirt is designed to be soft and can pair well with most items in one's wardrobe.
While we're entering the warmer months, your office still might be chilly. Featuring a relaxed and casual fit, opt for this linen-blend jacket in blue or beige.
Snow says these flats have a little more pizazz with its embellished gold ankle chain and pointed toe. This affordable flat is easy to slip on and pulls together the entire look.
This item only has a few sizes left and we can see why. Look spring-ready with the flowy floral print and dress it up with sleek T-shirt or cardigan.
Snow says this versatile jean skirt has incredibly soft fabric. This '90s-inspired skirt hits right below the knee, making it an office go-to. Dress it up with your favorite button-up or lightweight sweater.
Midi skirts are trending big time and this high-waist knit will have you looking office-ready in no time. Featuring a unique tie-waist, you can dress it up or down with a white sneaker or ballet flat.
Snow says utility styles are making a splash this season and it makes getting dressed as easy as putting on pajamas. Coming with a camisole slip lining, this “one and done” dress is an effortless style and can be paired with your favorite belt.
Enhance the shirt dress with chunky-heeled sandals. Featuring braided straps and six different colors, the heel is under 4 inches, making it easy to wear during long days at the office.
This military-style dress is effortless without the effort. Hitting just above the knee, it features adjustable sleeves and pairs well with your favorite belt.
Stay cool and comfortable in the warmer months with this linen-blend dress. The lapel neckline gives it that extra professional touch.
This classic shirt dress is oversized and made of 100 percent cotton for the ultimate comfort. Coming in four different neutral colors, it will be your back-to-work staple.
This Amazon find is another chic braided heel option to pair with your favorite dress or pants. Featuring a memory foam insole your feet will thank you for, it comes in 18 different colors.
If you have an after-work happy hour, these heeled sandals work for both office and play. Featuring a platform sole and block heel under 4 inches, they're comfortable enough for all-day wear.
Elevate any outfit with a chunky gold necklace. This 14-karat gold plated chain necklace can be layered or worn alone.
If you can't tell, chain jewelry is definitely trending this season. Dress up your favorite casual button-down with a chain gold-plated bracelet.
This stainless steel Amazon find is both bold and simple. Featuring a buckle clasp, the pop of orange can brighten up any neutral-toned outfit.
If you're sold on the shirt dress trend, this leopard print belt will add the extra touch it needs. The skinny band is three-fourths of an inch, making it easy to pair with your favorite oversized shirt or dress.
This chic mini bag is a great transitional work-to-happy hour accessory. Featuring an adjustable strap, it can be worn crossbody and is big enough to hold your phone and essentials.
Upgrade your Apple Watch with this classic and affordable Apple-compatible band. This stainless steel band looks business chic and comes in nine different colors, from bright silver to blue.
Spring tops and dresses for the office
Breezy and simple, this shirt is great for layering or styling alone with trousers. You can shop this top in two basic colors that can be paired with practically anything.
The wrap style of this dress is designed to flatter any figure. It comes in 10 different colors, including solid and prints, that are all made from a stretchy viscose fabric that is machine-washable for easy care.
Avoid tight-fitting tops and opt for a loose babydoll style. The ruffle detailing and flare bottom makes it a stylish yet breathable option that you can shop in over two dozen colors.
If you don't want to wear stiff bottoms, a flowy dress might be worth considering. From the flutter-sleeve detailing to the tiered silhouette, this piece is nothing short of chic.
Who can resist the look of a floral wrap dress for spring? Since it is a wrap dress, you can adjust the waist to your liking.
Having an elevated tank top in your wardrobe will work in your favor this spring and summer. You can layer it up with a nice cardigan until warmer weather arrives and tuck it into a midi skirt on summer days.
The classic one-and-done option. This breezy dress has a smocked elastic back, sweetheart neckline and a tiered bottom, making it feel anything but tight.
Spring pants and jumpsuits for the office
These '70s-inspired pants come in four different colors, including green and light beige, giving you a lot of range. And the wide leg is right on trend.
Can't imagine wearing pants without an elastic waistband? Amazon shoppers (and one Shop TODAY editor) are obsessed with these bottoms that are not only comfortable, but also on trend. They've amassed over 9,100 verified five-star ratings from shoppers.
High-rise bottoms are in, and you can't go wrong with a classic beige pair. The viscose-blend fabric makes them soft enough to spend all day in, regardless of whether you're in your home office or office building.
We're here for any pair of pants that have some stretch to them. These wrinkle-resistant pants were specially designed for our tall friends and they boast a flattering tapered fit to compliment any figure.
Take the effort out of picking out an outfit with this belted jumpsuit. The polyester and spandex fabric means it offers stretch and comfort without sacrificing glam. Pair it with sandals and consider your look complete.
This jumpsuit can take you from work to happy hour with just a change of shoes. It's a great piece for layering, as you can toss on a denim jacket or a blazer to complete your look. The breathable linen fabric might feel like your favorite sheets, but it looks nice enough to dress up.
We won't blame you if you wear these joggers to the office and then lounge on the couch immediately after work. They're crafted with a sueded jersey material and feature a super high-rise fit, so they feel just as nice as they look.
Designed to be worn by those always "on the move," these pants truly are "city sleek." They're wrinkle-resistant and boast a four-way stretch that won't restrict your movement. And since they hit just above the ankle, they're also perfect for pairing with sneakers or flats.
Spring shoes for the office
Mules are the office-approved version of slippers, which makes them a must-have for anyone who can't imagine putting on heels again. We're loving this bold white pair that just might replace our white sneakers on hot days.
Neutral sneakers are timeless. You can wear them with anything from trousers to dresses for a look that is casual yet put together. This pair from Madewell not only is trendy enough for the office, but also features a Cloudlift insole that is designed to provide enough cushion if you spend most of the day on your feet.
Didn't you hear? Clogs are back. This affordable pair makes it easy to get in on the trend while keeping comfortable, since the insole is padded with memory foam, the brand says.
If you're into a sportier look, these mules have the look of a canvas sneaker but the feel of a slipper. The padded footbed and rubberized sole also provide ample support for your feet.
This style from Puma can take you from work to the weekend. The neutral color will match anything you have one, plus Amazon reviewers call them "super comfortable."
Loafers are another slipper-like trend we're seeing right now in the footwear category. We're loving the pointed-toe and the sleek faux-leather look that elevate the shoe.
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This piece was originally published on Aug. 10, 2021.