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A Style Guide For Fashion Forward Workplaces

After relocating to Toronto on a whim, I recently started a new job at an advertising agency. Situated inside a stone heritage building that was once a distillery, the environment is as hip as it sounds. The dress code is reflective of the space, relaxed but put together, more fashion forward and trendy than it is casual. As a result of my new nine to five, I’ve had to step it up in the outfit department. Although everyone brings their own sense of style to work, I’ve noticed a couple of key staples that everyone seems to have in their wardrobe.

1. Ankle Booties

A pair of black pointy-toed ankle bootie is the shoe of choice due to its versatility; it goes with everything from casual jeans to dressier bottoms for client meetings. I prefer a flatter boot with a chunkier heel when I’m running from meeting to meeting.

LILLIANNE_97_RGLillianne, $100 CAD, ALDO

CYDNEE_97_RGCydnee, $120 CAD, ALDO

MimosaMimosa, $498 CAD, Browns Shoes

2. Ripped Jeans

A pair of high-waisted or ripped boyfriend jeans makes an appearance in the office at least three times a week. It pairs well with ankle booties and with more classic pieces like button ups or blazers.

TOPSHOP PETITE MOTO Ripped Jamie Jeans 28 Inch Leg Topshop Petite Moto Ripped Jamies Jeans, $90 CAD, TOPSHOP

Zara - Relaxed Fit JeansRelaxed Fit Mid-Rise Trousers, $49.90 CAD, ZARA

Skinny Mid-rise TrousersSkinny Mid-Rise Trousers, $49.90 CAD, ZARA

3. Leather Coated Pants

Great for work and happy hour with the coworkers are leather-look pants. I overheard one of my colleagues say that the ones from Aritzia have lasted her three years and are still going strong.

Aritzia Daria PantWilfred Free Daria Pant, $135 CAD, Aritzia

4. Oversized Sweaters

Another repeat offender around the office is the oversized sweater. I’ve seen this piece in every colour, paired with boots and sneakers, and in a spring friendly vest silhouette.

Babaton Baylour SweaterBabaton Baylor Sweater, $95 CAD, Aritzia

Palmier SweaterWilfred Palmier Sweater, $95 CAD, Aritzia

5. Leather Jacket

Whether it’s a leather jacket or a blazer with leather sleeves, leather is perpetually popular at my agency. I’ve seen this piece paired with pants, skirts, dresses, kicks, and heels.

Zara - Leather JacketFaux Leather Jacket, $49.90 CAD, ZARA

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