One of the biggest changes in the last few years is that everyone’s standard for what is “comfortable” has changed significantly — even in extremely conservative offices there’s a desire to wear comfy work outfits that are stylish as well as polished. So we’re rounding up the most comfortable office clothes for women!
Readers, what do you think are the most comfortable office clothes for women? Which comfy work outfits do you have on repeat?
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The Most Comfortable Office Clothes for Women
Stylish Pull-On Pants
One of the first places to start if you want to be more comfortable is your clothing choices on your lower half. A lot of people will immediately say no to pantyhose — and even to tights — so until the weather gets warmer you’re probably looking at pants alone.
These are some of our favorite options that are pull-on options — they feel like athleisure but look like workwear. Yes please.
Cozy but Polished: Sweater Jackets for the Office
A third piece is always an easy way to add polish and a dash of authority. Blazers are easy, but sweater jackets are a close second — they’re stylish and trendy right now, and there are a ton of cozy options to choose from. Some of our favorites are below:
No-Fuss, Easy Care Popover Blouses for Work
Another great swap for comfort: the silky blouse or crisp button-front for a machine washable popover. They’ve got the comfort of a t-shirt but with just a dash more sophistication.
These are some of the reader favorites:
As of 2022, some reader favorites for popover blouses include 1) Ann Taylor, 2) Vince Camuto 3) CeCe, 4) J.Crew; not pictured, but keep an eye out at Talbots and J.Crew Factory also. Other bestsellers include Amazon sellers CEASIKARY and roswear.
Fancy(ish) T-shirts for Work
There’s nothing wrong with a layering t-shirt — and we’ll add some of our favorites. (They’re due for an update!) But if you look hard enough you can find slightly more stylish options than a simple layering tee — either a tee with a slightly architectural element such as a cowl neck or a twisted detail — or a t-shirt in a beautiful print.
Some of our latest favorite fancier tees include these options:
As of 2022, some of our favorite fancier tees for under suits include these: one / two / three / four (also this and this). In general, keep an eye out with brands like Boden, CeCe, and Tuckernuck, as well as the smaller workwear designers like the brands pictured above.
Looking for t-shirts with fun but professional prints? Some classic brands to check here include Ted Baker, Boden, and The Kit. These may be on the more casual side, but also check Wit & Wisdom, Caslon, Sanctuary, and Tommy Bahama.
Layering Tees for Work Outfits
In formal offices, you can’t take just any t-shirt and wear it to work — you have to look for something with a touch more elegance. We’re big fans of ballet sleeves and interesting necklines. (Note also how these don’t have pockets on the chest and are generally a bit more fitted.) These make great layering pieces under sweaters, blazers, and more.
Here is our most recent round-up of favorites, but it’s due for an update…
Comfortable Flats for Work
If you’re interested in comfort, you’re probably packing away the 4″ stilettos. Sneakers for the office are much more acceptable than they’ve ever been, and there are a ton of flats and loafers that are constructed like sneakers (many of them washable!).
Still, if you’ve got a big meeting or the like, you’re probably going to want more traditional shoes… these are some of the Hall of Famers for comfortable flats for work:
Readers, how about you — what do you think are the most comfortable office clothes you’ve found? Which work outfits do you have on repeat because they’re crazy comfortable?
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