How to Add Color to Your Office Style

If you’re back in the office, today’s post is for you! Truthfully, you can still take some tips from today’s post even if you’re working from home. Although I mentioned in my latest fashion haul that my style is slowly transitioning to more neutral tones, I still like to wear a bit of color every now and then. After providing general tips to help you incorporate color into your wardrobe, I thought it would be a good idea to talk specifically about officewear. Keep reading the post to find out how you can add color to your office style.

tips to wear color to the office style

Start with a versatile color that complements your wardrobe.

One of the main hesitations of wearing color to the office is versatility. If you wear more traditional office colors like black, navy, or grey, it can be a bit daunting to think about where color may fit. An office wardrobe tends to run neutral and clean, so you want to self-assess your office attire to see if there are any commonalities between your existing pieces. If you have primarily black or white clothes, you’re in luck! You can literally pick any color as your accent piece and it will match your full wardrobe. Those of you who have conservative colors like earth tones already in your closet will want to stick with a pop of color that best blends with the rest of your style. This will help increase your ROI so you can mix your new office piece with a few different outfits.

RelatedStyling the Colorful Jumpsuit

Color Matters has a great resource that goes into further detail about color theory, but you essentially want to stick with complementary or analogous colors. Complementary colors are directly opposite of each other on the color wheel. For example, let’s say you have an earth-tone olive blouse that you wear to work. If you’re interested in adding more color to the look, a complementary option would be to pair it with a hue of purple.  Analogous colors create more of a single-tone outfit because they are directly next to each other on the color wheel. Taking that same olive blouse, you would pair a different shade of green with the outfit to create a streamlined outfit. In my outfit, I went with a more analogous approach and styled orange with the color right next to it: yellow.

The fall and winter months are the best times to play around with introducing color in your wardrobe if you’re more of a neutral style kind of person. The colors are rich and earthy around this time of the year, so they won’t cause you to step too far outside your comfort zone.

tips to wear color to the office style

Invest in a colored blazer.

Blazers are a must-have for any office wardrobe. They’re great to throw on when you have an important meeting with supervisors, and they’re extremely easy to style. You likely already have a neutral or black blazer in your closet, but adding a colorful one will give your outfits added flair. Personally, I am on the hunt for a red blazer after trying one out from Rent the Runway. Paired with an all-black outfit, a colored blazer adds interest to your office outfit. I recommend sticking with a solid blazer before branching out with colorful prints, but don’t be afraid to have fun with it!

Related: Tips for Styling the Checked Blazer

how to style color for work outfits

Challenge yourself to a colorful Friday.

Last but not least, make it stick! It can be difficult to step outside of your comfort zone. In addition to the tips I’ve previously shared that will help you try new trends, you can also incorporate a weekly theme of sorts. Office culture typically has a “Casual Friday” vibe, so why not change that to “Colorful Friday” or something of that nature? The best way to add color to your office style is to simply stick with wearing the color until it feels more comfortable for you.

What tips do you have to wear color in the office?

how to style color for work outfits

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