Five Ways to Wear Trousers for the Office

This week, instead of my regular weekly outfit inspiration, I decided to try something a little different. I post a lot of casual style inspiration on here, and so I wanted to switch things up and provide some ideas for what to wear to work. So, here are five different ways to wear trousers for the office!

I took one pair of simple, black, ankle-length trousers and styled them up in different ways to give you a variety of options. These are a great pair to have if you work in an office because they’re so versatile; they’re also definitely work-appropriate, but super comfortable too!

The trousers I’m wearing throughout the photos are the Aritzia Cohen pant. As always, I’ll include links where I can to the items I’m wearing. I’ve also listed similar styles to shop at the end of this article.

1. With a button-up

This is such a classic look that you really can’t go wrong with. I’ve chosen to wear a white button-up here, but you could switch up the colour or do a patterned one instead to make it a little more vibrant.

Five Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Five Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Top – Aritzia (thrifted) | Shoes – Everlane | Watch – Barrow

2. With a nice blouse

Pairing your trousers with a nice blouse creates a chic day-to-night look. I feel something like a silk top or anything with a nice drape works well. Here I’ve got two options – a velvety animal-print top as well as a billowing high-neck blouse. Wear them to the office during the day, add some lipstick or change your shoes, and be ready for an evening out!

Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Top – Thrifted | Shoes – Aldo (old) | Earrings – Foky Jewelry
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Top – Aritzia (old) | Shoes – Aldo (old)

3. Layered under a shirt dress

Layering your trousers under a dress, like this classic shirt dress, creates such an interesting look. It’s one of my favourite ways to get more wear out of my dresses in the colder months.

Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Shirt Dress – Aritzia (old) | Shoes – Everlane

With a cozy sweater

It wouldn’t be one of my blog posts without a cozy sweater thrown in! Sweaters are my favourite to wear, especially in winter. Pairing them with simple trousers and a nice day shoe makes it both an appropriate and comfortable look for the office. I’d recommend wearing a layer underneath (like a light t-shirt) in case your office temperature changes.

Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Sweater – Aritzia | Shoes – Everlane
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Sweater – Aritzia | Shoes – Veja

With a t-shirt

This one is a little more casual, but I totally think you can wear t-shirts to the office as long as they’re paired with sleek trousers and a good shoe! In this outfit I’ve chosen to wear a boxier top with a nice drape, which keeps it from looking too casual. I’ve also paired it with some low heels. You can also add a blazer or cardigan to complete the look.

Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
Ways to Wear Trousers - Emily Lightly
T-shirt – Aritzia | Blazer – Ralph Lauren, thrifted | Shoes – Aldo (old) | Necklace – Mejuri

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it gave you some good tips and inspiration. What’s your favourite outfit to wear to work? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Emily

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  • Do these trousers wrinkle much? Do they feel comfortable enough for everyday use? I’ve been on the market for loser fitting trousers that can be dressed up or down. These seem like they might fit the bill, but I’ve been nervous about pulling the trigger. I love your style, so I would be curious to hear if you’d recommend this exact pair.

    • I would recommend them – they don’t wrinkle really at all and are most definitely comfortable. They have an elastic waistband which helps haha. The one thing I will say is the sizing for these was a little tricky for me – I have wide hips and thighs and so I sized up to an 8 but unfortunately they bunch a little bit and also the waist is slightly too big. So definitely try them on and try moving in them to see if you like them!