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, $100 CAD, ALDO
Cydnee, $120 CAD, ALDO
Mimosa, $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 Jamies Jeans, $90 CAD, TOPSHOP
Relaxed Fit Mid-Rise Trousers, $49.90 CAD, ZARA
Skinny 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.
Wilfred 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 Baylor Sweater, $95 CAD, Aritzia
Wilfred 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.
Faux Leather Jacket, $49.90 CAD, ZARA