Mind the cut: If your workplace is conservative, stick to a dark wash that’s not distressed. And swap your weekend skinnies for a trouser style that mimics polished wide-leg pants.
Top it off: Sure, a white button-down would suffice, but a baby-blue blouse with a statement ruffle will win more fashion points (without getting the side-eye from HR).
Keep it classic: Monochrome accessories take the look to a sophisticated finish. You can’t go wrong with pointed-toe pumps, while a chain-strap bag with metal hardware adds a touch of cool.
Shop the look: Tibi cotton pants, $645; tibi.com. Comme des Garçons cotton shirt, $414; net-a-porter.com. Country Road leather heels, $199; countryroad.com.au. J.W.Anderson leather bag, $1,581; matchesfashion.com.
This article previously appeared on InStyle.