The New Workplace Wear

by | Mar 2024

Office Casual Style

Photo: Alexandra Eve

COVID-19 transformed virtually every aspect of our lives, including the way we dress for work. As time passes, we are seeing more companies asking employees to return to the office, and the employees are noticing a drastic shift in workplace attire.

The traditional business attire we once knew has given way to a more relaxed and comfortable style. The strict suits and formal business wear that were once mandatory in many offices have become relics of the past with comfort now a primary focus for workwear.

Working from home for extended periods has redefined our fashion priorities. After years of Zoom meetings and remote collaboration, it’s no surprise that people value comfort more than ever. As a result, we are seeing dress pants with stretch, ballet flats and loafers over heels, and mixing and matching of separate pieces rather than full suits for daily wear. Retailers and designers have caught on to this change as well, making it much easier to find comfortable, yet professional-looking pieces to incorporate into your work wardrobe.

Appearance and feeling good is still important, but we have more choices and freedom when it comes to what we buy and wear to the office. As we continue to adapt to this new normal, it’s clear that fashion in the workplace is forever changed.

Alexandra Eve is a local stylist and wardrobe consultant. To learn more, visit


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