Cracking the work dress code can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to strike a balance between personal style and appropriateness. You want to look and feel confident and professional, all while taking into account the office vibe. To take the pressure off (you’ve got a job to do!), we’re laying out the basic tenets to follow if your workplace is conservative, creative, or casual. Scroll on for our no-fail tips, and shop our picks of what to wear right to work now on Spring.

Conservative
Dressing for a conservative office is all about keeping your look subtly stylish. Stick to a mostly neutral color palette and pieces that are tailored but not too fitted. Quality construction and luxe fabric matters, and will make simpler pieces look special as opposed to cookie-cutter corporate. To play with style a little, go for classic silhouettes with modern details like high waists, ties, and asymmetry. Prints don’t have to be avoided but keep to smaller, organized repeats rather than wilder ones. Avoid over-the-top accessories: jewelry should be sleek, heels closed toe, and bags should be structured.

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Heel leather shoes by Mango, $79.99

Heel leather shoes by Mango, $79.99

Combo shirtdress by Colovos, $1,395

Combo shirtdress by Colovos, $1,395

Olia Wrap-Front Blouse by Modern Citizen, $72

Olia Wrap-Front Blouse by Modern Citizen, $72

Elegant Bag by Mansur Gavriel, $795

Elegant Bag by Mansur Gavriel, $795

Urban Stretch Snap Skirt by Tibi, $385

Urban Stretch Snap Skirt by Tibi, $385

Blooming Splendor Gold Earrings by Satya Jewelry, $39

Blooming Splendor Gold Earrings by Satya Jewelry, $39

High-Waisted Flare Pant - Pomegranate by Derek Lam, $598

High-Waisted Flare Pant – Pomegranate by Derek Lam, $598

Tie-Neck Stretch-Cotton Poet’s Blouse by Michael Kors, $159

Tie-Neck Stretch-Cotton Poet’s Blouse by Michael Kors, $159

Creative
Dressing too staid can actually be detrimental to you in a creative office, so go bolder. You want to be perceived as forward-thinking and inspired, so mix prints and colors (don’t be afraid to clash!), embrace trends, and remember: styling matters. Layering pieces in an unexpected way, popping a collar or rolling sleeves can make all the difference. Fun sneakers, denim, and bolder jewelry are totally acceptable in a creative workplace but be mindful of not veering too far into weekend wear; you’re still in an office, after all.

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Backpack by Carlo Pazolini, $325

Backpack by Carlo Pazolini,
$325

VT SK8-HI LX Sneaker by Opening Ceremony $72 $120

VT SK8-HI LX Sneaker
by Opening Ceremony
$72
$120

Sasha p le original by FRAME, $495

Sasha p le original by FRAME, $495

Stripped Cropped Tee by Tracy Reese, $118.80

Stripped Cropped Tee
by Tracy Reese, $118.80

Bertha Bomber by Bananjan, $225

Bertha Bomber by Bananjan, $225

Zeppelin Lapis Necklace by Edge of Ember, $118

Zeppelin Lapis Necklace by Edge of Ember, $118

Carly Silk Dress by VEDA, $455

Carly Silk Dress by VEDA, $455

Chester Blazer by Tory Burch, $495

Chester Blazer by Tory Burch, $495

Casual
The comfiest of all the dress codes for sure (lucky you!), feel free to wear lots of denim and chambray in a casual office. You can get away with a relaxed look as long as it isn’t sloppy, so count among your accessories easy footwear like sneakers, loafers, and ballet flats and bag shapes like backpacks, crossbodies, and bucket bags. To assure you look pulled together, stay away from showing too much skin and torn pieces, like jeans, should be mixed with sleeker separates to balance it all out.

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Belinda Dress by Banjanan, $98

Belinda Dress by Banjanan, $98

Via Spiga Adeline Geometric Cutout Mules, $111

Via Spiga Adeline Geometric Cutout Mules, $111

Mini Sac by Clare V., $299

Mini Sac by Clare V., $299

W4 Shelter Straight Leg Crop by 3x1, $265

W4 Shelter Straight Leg Crop by 3×1, $265

Mini Bucket Bag by Mansur Gavriel, $495

Mini Bucket Bag by Mansur Gavriel, $495

Ahnn Skirt by Club Monaco, $159.50

Ahnn Skirt by Club Monaco, $159.50

Mix Poplin Shirt by Abercrombie & Fitch, $34.80

Mix Poplin Shirt by Abercrombie & Fitch, $34.80

TOMS Military Jacket by TOMS, $145

TOMS Military Jacket by TOMS, $145

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