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4 Ways To Spice Up Your Office Attire

Like first-date small talk with your latest right-swipe or trying to figure out the whole “meal prep” thing, dressing for your 9-to-5 is one of those parts of adulting that doesn’t seem to get any easier, even the more you do it. Unless your job requires a uniform that you can throw on, chances are you spend a good chunk of your morning sifting through your closet, struggling to put together an outfit — perhaps wondering if you can get away with wearing the same gingham-print top or ruffled jumpsuit two days in a row without a judgy glance from a coworker.

But getting dressed for work shouldn’t require you to burn up all of your brainpower before you’ve even clocked in, which is why we culled some of the most common jobs millennials are landing and put our own unique twist on how to dress for each. So whether you’re placing lunch orders as someone’s assistant (hey, we’ve all been there) or taking charge in your own classroom, the outfits ahead won’t just motivate you to get creative, they’ll give you a better handle on your morning madness. And even if your job didn’t make the list, we’re betting there’s a top-handle bag or classic Candie’s blazer that’ll suit your day to day. Click through to snag some inspiration — and get ready to feel like a boss.

The CEO’s Assistant

When it comes to dressing for the business world, there’s nothing wrong with going the classic pencil-skirt-and-heels route. But contrary to popular belief, it is totally possible to dress cool and be taken seriously in a corporate setting. Case in point: this outfit that’s fit for an assistant or a boss. Pair a printed wrap top with wide-legged pants, and add low-key heels, double-hoop earrings, and a sleek bag that only looks like it costs an exec’s paycheck.

Laura Lombardi earrings, Mango bag, Valentino pants.

Candie’s, $38.00, available at Kohls Candie’s, $49.99, available at Kohls

The Brunch-Shift Server

When you work in the food industry — whether it’s at the local coffee shop or a ‘gram-worthy new restaurant — you’re typically required to follow a load of wardrobe guidelines, so it can definitely feel like it’s impossible to let your personal style shine through. But with subtle accessories and styling tweaks — for example, tying a patterned scarf around your neck and opting for closed-toe shoes that are practical but not totally run-of-the-mill — you can add just the right amount of quirk to your uniform. Complete your look with a crossbody bag (for carrying all those cash tips home), and you’re good to go.

COS top, J.Crew scarf, Urban Outfitters bag, & Other Stories shoes.

Candie’s, $44.00, available at Kohls

The A+ Teacher

After all those years abiding by your school’s dress code, you’re now the one enforcing the rules. While you might feel pressured by the school board to play it safe with your work attire, “safe” doesn’t have to mean blah. For an on-trend look that won’t warrant side-eye at a parent-teacher conference, try a floral maxi-dress with a polished blazer layered on top. Match that duo with comfortable slides, simple jewelry, and a spacious bag for all of those term papers you’ll have to lug home.

Madewell dress, Karen London ring, Auxiliary backpack.

Candie’s, $54.00, available at Kohls Candie’s, $49.99, available at Kohl’s

The Startup Intern

Internships are all about making a lasting impression. If you’re lucky enough to have an interning gig at a startup in a creative industry, such as tech or online media, you should take advantage of the chill dress code and make your boss remember you as the one who always had that looking on-point thing on lock. A colorful striped top with a matching skirt, stylish kicks, a cute backpack, and a denim jacket — just in case the office AC is on full-blast — will do the trick.

Uniqlo jacket, Farrow tank, APC skirt.

Candie’s, $60.00, available at Kohls Candie’s, $49.99, available at Kohl’s

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