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Comfortable Office Wear Essentials

comfortable office wear accordion sleeve sweater

A couple weeks ago I talked about my top 5 favorite work wear brands (here), and I wanted to continue the office style conversation by sharing my comfortable office wear essentials. In my opinion, office attire is definitely the most uninspiring fashion category, but I try and find pieces that are timeless, chic, and of course, comfy!

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Office Outfit Essentials

I literally only own a few “office wear” pieces, but by purchasing items that never go out of style, I can get away with owning the bare minimum. Here is my complete office wear wardrobe:

  • Three dresses (one solid and two patterned) – I prefer sleeveless so they are breathable in the summer but I can layer with a cardigan or sweater in the fall and winter
  • Three slacks (two solid traditional cut and one pattern skinny ankle cut) – I like my traditional slacks to come in neutral colors so they go with anything (I have a brown and a dark blue pair). The ankle cut are more fun and trendy but still extremely comfortable
  • Blouses – the amount you need really varies. I have five long sleeve, three short sleeve, and two sleeveless. I like having a variety for layering and the different seasons!
  • Sweaters & cardigans – I own three sweaters, two oversized chunky cardigans, and six regular cardigans. These provide me with enough versatility in layering, as well as layering for warmth
  • Shoes – my typical work shoes include flats for daily wear, black pumps for meetings or work events and boots for fall/winter. I definitely think you can get away with three pairs, or even two if you’re not a heels girl

Comfortable Office Wear

Now that we’ve established the basic office wardrobe, it’s time to move on to my favorite comfortable office wear pieces.

comfortable office wear accordion sleeve sweater

comfortable office wear accordion sleeve sweater

comfortable office wear accordion sleeve sweater

comfortable office wear accordion sleeve sweater

comfortable office wear accordion sleeve sweater

My favorite comfortable office wear consists of a combo of the basics I mentioned above: a sweater, trouser pants (*coughleggingscough*), and comfy loafer slides. I love this accordion sleeve sweater (similar here and here) because it’s soft but the fabric has a nice weight to it. The sleeves also give it a feminine and trendy edge. The trouser leggings (here) are super comfortable and I love that I can wear them with flats or boots in the fall! And these loafers are one of my favorite pairs because they’re simple, classic, and comfy! They’re from Forever XXI and they have tons here!

What’s your favorite comfortable office wear look? Let me know in the comments!



Photos by Rachel Cossette

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  • Reply Lex

    The sweater with comfy trousers and flats is definitely my favourite office wear look as well. My office is very casual though so I’ve swapped out trousers for black jeans and it seems to work just as well.

    October 16, 2017 at 9:01 am
    • Reply Brittany

      I do the same, especially on casual Fridays!

      October 17, 2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Rachel Cossette

    Girl I feel like you are the office wear master since 1- you dress more traditionally office casual vs my office, and 2- you have a great eye for items you will wear at work and on your off time. We need to go shopping for some work tops for me! Haha

    October 16, 2017 at 9:15 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Yes we do! I hate office wear so I always try and find versatile pieces haha

      October 17, 2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Mistle

    I love that sweater!!! This whole outfit looks extremely comfortable yet stylish.

    October 16, 2017 at 2:21 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks so much Mistle!

      October 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Ashley

    Loving this look! Those sleeves are so fun!

    October 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks Ashley!

      October 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply A.

    I have a ton of suits (lawyer problems) but my favorite office look is a sleeveless dress with cardigan, I feel like dresses are super easy to dress up and down. Loving this look though, it’s comfortable without looking too casual.

    October 16, 2017 at 6:41 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Yess that’s one of my favs too!

      October 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    I need to take your advice on the dresses — makes picking out an outfit so much easier 🙂 Loving your loafers!

    October 16, 2017 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      It seriously does! You only need 1 article of clothing haha!

      October 17, 2017 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Lauren

    Seriously this is the cutest bell sleeve top!


    October 17, 2017 at 9:10 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks so much Lauren! <3

      October 17, 2017 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Daisi Ari

    I absolutely adore that sweater on you! I need it! Also, your short hair is giving me life!

    October 17, 2017 at 10:13 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks so much Daisa! I love having short hair, but I seriously can’t wait for it to grow back out LOL xoxo

      October 17, 2017 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Sheela Goh

    Brittany, your sleeves are DIVINE!!!

    October 17, 2017 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Thank you Sheela!! xoxo

      October 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Lyndi

    I bought this exact sweater in white and black for Fall. I receive so many compliments when I wear them.
    Such a good look, right?!

    October 17, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    • Reply Brittany

      Oh that sounds super cute!

      October 18, 2017 at 9:12 am
  • Reply suzanne

    I’m kicking myself for not picking up this top at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It’s so cute and I love how you styled it. xo

    October 18, 2017 at 4:02 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks Suzanne, I love how soft it is! Plus how could you go wrong with those sleeves?!

      October 18, 2017 at 9:11 am
  • Reply Mary

    love the fun pleated sleeves on your sweater, so cute!

    October 18, 2017 at 11:22 am
    • Reply Brittany

      Thanks Mary! I had to have it, they’re so fun!

      October 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

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