9 Casual Work Outfits for a Chic Return to In-Person Meetings

What is considered a casual work outfit in 2021, might look a little differently than in years past. Even the typically suited Wall Street bankers are returning back to their lower Manhattan cubicles without the usual uniform of pristine blazers and trousers. Instead, they’re opting for untucked oxfords and—dare I say it—jeans. Even leather shoes are taking a backseat to sneakers.

Fashion often speaks to the times, and this unprecedented era is certainly no different. There’s no need to abandon the comfort we’ve grown to love over the last year; that easy-going attitude is making its way from Zoom calls and into the boardroom. Now, before you start reaching for those sweatpants again, you should know that the relaxed, modern take on dressing for the office isn’t exactly as casual as those roll-out-of-bed moments. It’s indeed much more elevated, but there’s still a refreshing emphasis on oversized silhouettes and an influx of comfortable shoe options, which echo the same feel-good sentiments as our work-from-home style.

Just take a look at some of the fashion editors, who recently attended their first in-person runway presentation post lockdown. Pencil skirts were given an effortlessly cool spin and paired with the best white T-shirts; suiting was reimagined in slouchy, roomy proportions that could rival the coziest of hoodies.

If you, too, are ready to bring a bit more comfort to your 9 to 5 wardrobe, shop our edits for nine casual work outfits.

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Re/Done x Hanes The Class Tee shirt

Raey belted A-line wool wrap skirt

Manolo Blahnik Carolyne suede mules

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Sea New York Claudine tank

Gucci wide-leg appliquéd high-rise wide-leg jeans

Madewell Perfect leather belt

Saint Laurent Tribute leather sandals

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Homme Plissé Issey Miyake block shirt

Pleats Please Issey Miyake Calla midi dress

Tom Ford Henry round sunglasses

Alexander McQueen suede-trimmed leather exaggerated-sole sneakers

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Jacquemus La Veste Novio blazer

Jacquemus Le Pantalon Sauge trousers

Saint Laurent Uptown leather clutch

New Balance M990vs2 embroidered suede mesh and leather sneakers

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Banana Republic oversized tech-stretch shirt

Le Sirenuse Positano Jane pleated embroidered linen skirt

Ray-Ban square sunglasses

Castañer Carina 100 striped espadrille wedges

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Dorothee Schumacher Refreshing Ambition wool-blend blazer

Tory Burch Jessa leather loafers

Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather zip pouch

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Everlane The Clean silk short-sleeve shirt

Jil Sander asymmetric cotton midi wrap skirt

Loewe Slit Raffia leather tote

Birkenstock + Net-A-Porter Arizona leather sandals

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Loulou Studio Ficaja double-breasted pinstriped blazer

Loulou Studio Moretta pleated pinstriped stretch wool pants

Neous Crux leather belt bag

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Etro paisley-print buttoned shirt

Etro tiered paisley-print cotton-blend poplin maxi skirt