Easy Work Wear Swaps to Update Your Look

In today’s society odds are your job doesn’t really have much of a defined dress code.  I mean the dress standards at my job are pretty low, I’ve even seen some girls in leggings.  Which seems nice at first, but it actually makes getting dressed stressful.  You search your closet high and low for something that doesn’t look overly casual but also isn’t too dressy.  I mean you don’t want to look like you are trying too hard, but you do want to look like you tried.  And you definitely want to wear something that’s comfortable, stylish and you. Especially this day in age.  So you stare.  Stumped on what pieces reflect your style and are professional yet laid back enough for your work environment.  At least this is what used to happen to me in the morning. So like any good engineer, I experimented, a lot.  What I found was with a few easy swaps, my work wear felt more like me while still working for the office.  So if you’re in need of some easy work wear swaps to update your wardrobe, give these a try:

1. Playing with lengths.

Hands down this the easiest way to breath life into an otherwise basic look.  Instead of a regular blouse try a top with oversized sleeves.  Or opt for a cropped style top to highlight your waist. You can even play with a longline blouse to add some drama.  Doing this updates your look while not having to rely on pieces that may not be your style years down the line.  This trick also works for bottoms too!  Go for some high waisted bottoms or some flares like I did in this look.

2.  Find pieces with fun details that resonate with your style.

The key in this swap is that the pieces should work with your preferences.  If you aren’t into bold colors and prints then don’t force it because odds are those pieces will sit in your closet and gather dust.  My trick is to either find a classic piece in a bold color or that have a details that make them stand out.  I recommend staying away from pieces that over-exaggerate a “trend” to ensure you can mix your wardrobe flawlessly and not be too overwhelmed with how to make it work appropriate.

3.  Try to wear your clothes in nontraditional ways.

This trick gives your wardrobe more mileage while adding your personal flair.  One of my favorite ways to do this is to wear a thin coat or blazer as a top like I did here.  Some other nontraditional ways to style pieces are: a dress over pants, a dress as a skirt, overalls as pants, and layering skirts under dresses to make them work appropriate.  The best way to know what you like is to experiment!  Spend a snowy day playing dress up to your favorite music and snap pics of your best looks.   That’s how 90% of my outfits are created anyway, dancing around to reggae while I play in my closet on a Sunday afternoon.

The goal when trying to update your work wear is to choose pieces mindfully.   You want to buy clothes that work with your preferences and what you already own to create more options while reducing stress.  It’s all about what makes you feel confident to take on your 9-5 like the girl boss that you are!  Keep scrolling to shop the look.

Update your work clothes with these easy swaps

  Update your work clothes with these easy swaps

try these timeless swaps to update your wardrobe

Easy Work Wear Swaps to Update Your Look

easy work wear swaps to update your wardrobe

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If you’re still unsure about creating a look for work check out my no fail way to create a non-boring work outfit!   Or if you’re loving this coat see how to transition your wardrobe into springOtherwise comment below and tell me what’s your favorite way to update your work wardrobe?

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12 Comments

    • Jordan Blackwell

      Thank you so much Elise, I’m glad you enjoy my outfit!

    • Jordan Blackwell

      Thanks Ruth, the pants are a new addition to my closet that I have fallen in love with so I’m happy to hear you like them!

  1. talesoftwo

    I am an engineer too and the work outfit code in my office is smart casual.

    However, I love the flexibility it allows me in utilising most of my clothing pieces for work, etc. instead of having to invest in a separate corporate wardrobe! 🙂

    • Jordan Blackwell

      It’s so nice to hear from other engineer! I couldn’t agree more, I love not having to invest in a corporate wardrobe but I do make sure to have some pieces for when the occasion arises, like a big meeting or interviews.

    • Jordan Blackwell

      I’m glad you found them useful Akaleistar!!

    • Jordan Blackwell

      Most people really confine themselves as to how they style their clothes because they don’t think out of them box. Opening your mind for new ways to style what you own just doubles your closet without spending money! Glad you shared Jess!

  2. Jennie

    This is a gorgeous look and those pants are amaZing. I really enjoyed your tips on styling things in an nontraditional manner and it was a great reminder I need to look at my wardrobe with fresh eyes sometimes. Thanks for linking up, Jordan, and let me know if you might want to co-host sometime.

    • Jordan Blackwell

      I’m so glad you found my tips helpful Jennie. Sometimes I have to give myself that same reminder. I always enjoy linking up and will see you again later this week 🙂

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