It’s easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of fashion week (fashion month, really since fashion week in New York, London, Milan, and Paris flow one right into the next). But while a lot of the pieces that come down the runways are aesthetically pleasing and inspiring, only select trends are practical enough for real life. Luckily, we’re here to tell you how it’s done. Here are seven runway-inspired looks you can actually wear to work.
1. Velvet blazer
Velvet is the definition of luxury. In the past few seasons, we’ve seen designers, such as Alexander Wang, work hard to take a casual approach to incorporate this rich, luxe fabric into their collections. Victoria Beckham’s spring/summer 2017 collection consisted of multiple pieces cut from soft, crushed denim. Wear it to work in the form of a structured blazer. We love this versatile one from Frame.
2. Menswear-inspired pants
There were tons of fall/winter 2016 looks that resembled menswear. After all, where better to look for inspiration than menswear when it comes to the office? Paul & Joe‘s stretch-twill striped trousers are elegant and give an elongated illusion. The brand is known for its nostalgic 1970s flare, which we love. Coordinate yours with a matching pinstripe blazer and pointed pumps if you’re feeling bold.
3. Floral dress
Flirty florals dominated the collections on the runways of Michael Kors to 3.1 Phillip Lim for spring/summer 2017. For the office, go with black as a base for a more subdued effect. We love this gorgeous Topshop sheath dress. The floral pattern is alluring yet sophisticated. For a contrasting effect, complete the look with a sharply tailored blazer.
4. Cape-effect sweater
Capes were a huge hit for fall/winter 2016. For the office, perhaps a cape-like sweater might be more appropriate. We love this cozy black and gray Tomas Maier sweater. The vertical stripes give it a slimming effect and the ribbed trims add texture and attitude to the look. Wear yours with black skinny-leg trousers and patent-leather ankle boots.
The off-the-shoulder trend has taken the fashion world by storm. However, a completely bare décolletage might be a little bit too much skin for the office. Instead, this MICHAEL by Michael Kors little black dress with cutout shoulders strikes the perfect balance between trendy and professional, revealing just enough shoulder to exude femininity without coming across as too sexy.
6. Asymmetrical hem
Asymmetrical hemlines, otherwise known as high-low, were seen on the runway for fall/winter 2016. It gives any outfit an instant edge. We love this Stella McCartney dress made from stretch crepe. The vibrant sorbet hue is elegant and effortless for fall. Wear yours with a statement necklace and natural makeup.
7. Midi skirts
Midi skirts are great for the office because you never have to worry about whether the hemline might be too short. Ever since Alessandro Michele took the helm at Gucci, he’s updated the classic retro designs to create modern pieces for the modern woman. We love this striped skirt in Gucci’s signature colors. Wear yours with a knitted sweater and Mary Janes, as seen on the runway.