What to wear to work this fall

Written by: Giana Leon

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Published on: September 8, 2022

Fashion Editor: Sandra Slusarczyk

Photo courtesy of Acielle/Styledumonde.com

The symbolic end of summer means it’s time to put away the relaxed cuts and slouchy sundresses that got us through. Sad, we know – but that doesn’t mean you have to be all business from here. Below, four fresh (and occasionally colorful) styling strategies to breathe life into your 9-to-5 looks.

Get ready

Throw on a smart power suit or style it with other pieces to create a balance that feels less formal. Here, a light blue puff-sleeved top and a shiny necklace freshen up a pair of cigarette pants.


  1. G. Label Sandy pin-tuck top

    G. Label
    Sand pin-tuck top
    goop, $450

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  2. G. Label Deven link necklace and chidi lock charm


  3. Maria McManus trousers

    Maria McManus
    Pants
    goop, $550

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Alternatively, update classic wide legs with a tonal cardigan (note how the gold buttons gather on the elegant watch), chunky glasses and sleek flats.


  1. Caddy's glasses

    Caddis
    glasses
    goop, $95

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  2. Analog Shift patek philippe calatrava

    Analog switch
    Patek Philippe Calatrava
    goop, $11,850

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  3. Aeyde apartments

    Ayed
    apartments
    goop, $295

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  4. Victoria Beckham cardigan

    Victoria Beckham
    cardigan
    goop, $750

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  5. Ganni vest

    Ganni
    West
    goop, $235

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  6. G. Label fahn high-waisted pleated trousers

    G. Label
    fahn high-waisted pleated trousers
    goop, $495

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  7. Prada skirt

    Prada
    Skirt
    Prada, $2,750

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  8. Celine bag

    Celine
    bag
    Celine, $2,850

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Play with print

A button-up – with its pointed collar, button closure and neat cuffs – is a business classic. So is a pleated skirt. Victoria Beckham brings both to life with this retro-looking geometric print.


  1. G. Label Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff

    G. Label
    Fiene Yellow Gold and Pavé Ear Cuff
    goop, $650

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  2. Officine Generale shirt

    Officine Générale
    shirt
    goop, $680

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  3. Complete the look with luxurious earrings, a slouchy suede jumpsuit and clean white sneakers.


  4. Officine Generale trousers

    Officine Générale
    pants
    goop, $395

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  5. Khaite Tote

    Khaite
    Tote
    Moda Operandi, $2,500

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  6. Totême sneakers

    Totem
    Sneakers
    Net-a-Porter, $570

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Mix in color

Our fashion team tells us that eye-catching colors – especially pink and yellow – will be big this fall. Sand a punchy sweater with sandy wide legs, then dab on this (very blendable, easy-to-use) coral cheek stain for a beautiful, natural-looking flush.


  1. Ben-Amun bracelet

    Ben-Amun
    bracelet
    goop, $80

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  2. RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek

    RMS beauty
    Lip2Cheek
    goop, $36

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  3. Alex Mill sweater

    Alex Mill
    sweater
    goop, $155

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  4. Nili Lotan pants

    Nili Lotan
    pants
    goop, $495

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  5. Apple case

    Apple
    case
    Apple, $49

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  6. Esther Ekme bag

    Esther Ekme
    bag
    goop, $660

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Can’t commit to light? Choose muted shades of jade, burgundy or glacier blue.


  1. G. Label Sykora Shrunken Cardiganx

    G. Label
    Sykora Shrunken Cardigan
    goop, $575

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  2. Ulla Johnson top

    Ulla Johnson
    top
    goop, $245

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  3. Maria McManus shirt

    Maria McManus
    shirt
    goop, $480

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Try Texture

Contrasting textures can make any outfit look (and feel) fresh. When the weather permits, you can combine a supple leather skirt with a crisp cotton shirt and a cloud-soft cardigan. High, buttery boots and a matching belt tie perfect.


  1. G. Label Balenger Diamond bar earrings

    G. Label
    Balenger Diamond bar earrings
    goop, $525

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  2. Khaite belt

    Khaite
    Belt
    Mytheresa, $360

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  3. The row shirt

    The row
    Shirt
    The Row, $990

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  4. Plan C cardigan

    Plan C
    Cardigan
    goop, $1,190

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  5. Plan C shorts

    Plan C
    short pants
    goop, $820

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  6. ESSE skirt

    ESSAY
    skirt
    goop, $645

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  7. Aeyde boots

    Ayed
    boots
    goop, $672

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A zipped pocket to organize your work bag, a cozy knit to keep at your desk, noise-cancelling headphones for heads-down time – these are the good things we take with us.


  1. goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Hand Cream

    goop beauty
    GOOPGENES nourishing hand cream
    goop, $25/$23 with subscription

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  2. Kora Organics mist

    KORA Organics
    hydration mist
    goop, $42

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  3. Maria McManus shirt

    Maria McManus
    Shirt
    goop, $480

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  4. G. Label LC oversized cardigan

    G. Label
    LC oversized cardigan
    goop, $595

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  5. Apple Airpods max

    Apple
    Airpods max
    Apple, $549

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  6. Larq bottle

    Larq
    self-cleaning
    bottle

    goop, $95

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  7. Loewe Tote

    Loewe
    Tote
    Net-a-Porter, $2,950

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  8. Loewe bag

    Loewe
    bag
    Net-a-Porter, $590

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  9. Emme Parsons Loafers

    Emma Parsons
    Loafers
    goop, $395

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Related reading

Stretch your summer staples through the fall

Styling 5 key pieces for work and weekend

The Work Capsule wardrobe

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