Fall is the time of year for new beginnings. Whether that means going back to school, seeking out your first professional job post-graduation, or transitioning into a new career path altogether, it is definitely the season of change for many. In Style Nine to Five’s collaboration with Robson Street, I’ll be sharing weekly work-appropriate outfits that certainly don’t lack in the style department.
Outfit details: White blouse from Joe Fresh ($39), pants from Aritzia ($145), sleeveless blazer from Lululemon ($90), shoes from Spring ($45), bow tie from Zara Mens ($26), scarf from Joe Fresh ($29), handbag from Zara ($99)
Fall is the perfect time to experiment with menswear inspired pieces, especially for the office. Although the only item I’m wearing that explicitly screams “men’s” is the patent loafer style shoes, the overall styling of the outfit definitely has a suave touch of a gentleman’s office look.
A classic white blouse will always be a closet staple and is so versatile. I wore mine buttoned up all the way, and tucked into a pair of maroon cropped trousers (very “fall” indeed!), with a plaid bow tie to finish. Keeping to the theme, I opted for a sharp up-do which made for a clean finish to the look. While my outfit is already perfectly appropriate for work as is, I decided to layer on a sleeveless blazer which is a great transition piece: adding just the right amount of warmth without being too stuffy for lukewarm temperatures. It also created a polished, streamline shape that added to the overall professional yet fun approach I took when putting this look together. Additionally, both the grey of the vest and the rich maroon of the trousers are on point for this fall’s colour palettes.
When it came to choosing my bag, I chose a colour blocked, messenger style bag that also has a masculine touch. The light brown tied back to the colours of my leopard print scarf, which I turned into a circle scarf by tying the ends together. The subtle print mixing between the leopard print of the scarf and the plaid of the bow tie is just another added visual detail. Although you may be dressing for work, just remember there are still so many ways to nuance your look to reflect your own personal style. That’s definitely the fashion outlook that I hold!
Photos taken by Laura McIntosh
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