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4 Ways to Spice Up Your Spring Work Outfits (Without Looking Unprofessional)

by | 05.08.23 | Fashion

In the spring months, we see lots of lighter colors, neutrals, and whites in fashion. This is especially true for business clothing for the office. These tones are professional, but wearing the same neutral aesthetic on repeat can get kind of boring.

Here are some easy ways to spice up your spring work outfits that won’t make you look unprofessional and won’t break the bank.

1. Spring Work Outfit with a Pop of Color or Floral

Spring is the time of year to add a pop of color or floral prints to your wardrobe. After the cold winter months, it’s nice to brighten up our styles to welcome in the fresh new season.

This year, bright neon colors have been very popular. You can purchase tailored shorts and matching blazers in all sorts of electrifying colors. Express was one of the more well-known brands that jumped on this trend.

For the office, I tend to prefer a more dialed-down look to maintain a professional appearance. Try adding a pop of muted floral prints. Patterns with smaller flowers will not be as loud or dramatic for the office setting.

Choose one item in your outfit to incorporate a color or print. Keep the rest of your outfit neutral for a professional and polished look. Longer skirts and dresses are very in fashion this year, so I chose a floral midi skirt to add to my office wardrobe this spring. It’s navy blue with small soft-toned flowers, which subtly elevates the outfit.

MLF wearing cream blouse (Loft), floral midi skirt (Loft), and nude heel sandals (The Drop on Amazon)
MLF wearing cream blouse (Loft), floral midi skirt (Loft), and nude heel sandals (The Drop on Amazon)

Outfit details

skirt [similar] | shoes

2. Spring Work Outfit with Stylish Blazers

This is the year of oversized clothing. Wide leg pants, large shirts, oversized blazers. While we typically think of wearing a fitted, tailored blazer to the office for a polished look, it’s time to trade those in.

To elevate your spring work outfits this year, try an oversized blazer. You can invest in one that is broader in the shoulder area and bunch up the sleeves for a more feminine style. Or you opt for a longer blazer. I like the latter option for the office because the look is very polished and makes you look slimmer and taller. A long blazer would pair well with tapered slacks and ballet flats, loafers, or flat Mary Janes.

MLF wearing cream blouse (Loft), floral midi skirt (Loft), and crepe collarless blazer in wheat (Theory)
MLF wearing cream blouse (Loft), floral midi skirt (Loft), and crepe single breasted blazer in black (Theory)

Outfit details

skirt [similar] | tan blazer | black blazer

If you are still looking for something more tailored, try a cropped tweed jacket with statement buttons and some color.

MLF wearing black wide leg trousers (Amazon) and tweed cropped jacket (H&M) in spring work outfit

Outfit details

jacket [similar] | pants

3. Spring Work Outfit with Gold Jewelry

Nothing is more timeless than simple gold jewelry. Wearing bracelets, necklaces, and/or earrings with your spring work outfits creates an instant sophisticated look. I usually prefer the more delicate gold jewelry, but larger 80s style jewelry is very in this year. I have invested in several statement pieces to wear to the office.

I love to shop small businesses for these types of accessories. Some of my favorite finds have been on Etsy.com. Check out TheViewsandCo and AvaHopeDesigns.

4. Spring Work Outfit: Back to Basics

If you work somewhere that is more restrictive on office attire, and you need to stick to neutrals or classics, try a lighter-toned outfits incorporating current styles. Larger button-up blouses and wide leg trousers are a great place to start. Pair them with some classy loafers or mules and the iconic spring trench coat for a modern spin on the classic neutrals.

MLF wearing trench coat (Brooks Brothers), wide leg trousers in mocha (Amazon), white t-shirt (Target), and white mules (Sam Edelman)

Outfit details

trench coat | pants | top | shoes