Here’s What Real Women Wear to Work in Cities Across the U.S.

For the most part, stuffy dress codes for the office are a thing of the past. While business casual is still the gold standard in many corporate environments, women of all occupations have proven there are many ways to look professional while still maintaining a sense of personal style. The coolest part? This creativity is happening coast-to-coast, from NYC to Atlanta to LA. Below, get a glimpse at how women of all locations are getting ready for work. No matter your 9-5, get inspired to take your work-appropriate look to the next level.

 

1. Chicago

 

 

Shop: Dress, Saloni

 

Working women in the Midwest aren’t afraid to step out in a bold color. Striking shades like crimson, cobalt blue and fuchsia make a statement without giving off an overwhelming vibe. Those who work in creative office environments should take things to the next level by throwing on a pair of fun sneakers. Employees of more corporate companies can temper the bold color choice with neutral additions, like a heather grey blazer or nude shoe.

 

2. Los Angeles

 

A photo posted by Courtney Yeh (@heyyehblog) on Aug 24, 2016 at 9:10am PDT

 

Shop: Dress, Rachel Comey; Bag, Opening Ceremony

 

This LA stylite showcases how multi-purpose a shift dress can be. Great for both the office and after hour drinks, the dress is a great go-to for the modern woman on the go with a social calendar that’s just as full as her work email inbox. Give this look a try on a Friday so you can head straight out to the bars after you kill it in the boardroom.

 

3. New York City

 

 

Shop similar: Skirt, J.O.A.

 

Separates are key staples of professional, style-savvy New York women. Easy to mix and match and fun to accessorize, neutral tops and bottoms allow for several office-friendly combinations. We especially love the midi skirt trend right now. The style is effortlessly feminine and ultra flattering. Work in a more casual office environment? Pair a midi skirt with a pair of lace-up pumps and a denim jacket.

 

4. Phoenix

 

A photo posted by Kim Hamby (@live.love.phx) on Aug 8, 2016 at 6:56am PDT

 

Shop: Dress, Red Valentino

 

Phoenix may be geographically located in desert territory, but the style of its residents is anything but dry. Often spotted in colorful prints, Phoenix women are masters of making statement details feel work-appropriate. Borrow their sense of pattern play and try rocking florals or color blocking to your own office.

 

5. Atlanta

 

 

Shop: Dress, Vince

 

Who said only New Yorkers rocked all black? This Atlanta fashionista proves the neutral is just as powerful down South. We love how she paired the v-neck dress with a pointed shoe and a red nail. The entire ensemble is chic and elevated, yet still fun.

 

6. Washington D.C.

 

 

Shop: Skirt, Trina Turk; Top, Marissa Webb; Bag, Diane von Furstenberg

 

Not every D.C. lady is in the business of politics, as proved by the casual chic ensemble above. This mix and match number is ideal for women who want to express their personal flare while still keeping a professional polish. We especially love the fusion of feminine and masculine styles. The colorful embroidery on the skirt is an unexpectedly perfect counterpart to the military-inspired top.

 

Photo credit: The Brooklyn Stylist