Returning to the Office? Let Sydney’s Street Style Stars Be Your Outfit Inspiration

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Last week at Sydney Fashion Week, the sartorial set flocked to the Resort 2022 shows. And because it’s winter down there, street style photos revealed showgoers sporting layers and sharp but soft tailoring combined with smart, commuter-friendly accessories. For us back in New York, the images served as the ultimate inspiration for our imminent return to the office this fall.

There were plenty of tailored trousers, a relaxed yet polished look that bodes well for a comfortable transition out of work from home, and a handful of lovely oversized blazers—a true office staple. And per those down in Sydney, we don’t have to give up our leggings just yet, so long as we choose a more elevated pair like one with slits on the hem. On the accessory front, chic, oversized tote bags that can also carry your laptop are a must and sneakers are still cool, especially when paired with a striped blouse and white pants. Block heel and slingback pumps are also making a triumphant return.

If you’re not quite ready to return to the office, these put-together looks might just make you feel differently. Whether you’re going in a few days a week or plan to make a full return come fall, let the Sydney Fashion Week street style stars be your guide to showing up in style.

Photographed by Dan Roberts

Transitional Styling

With the addition of a chic blazer and long skirt, summertime accessories like canvas beach carryalls and strappy sandals can be office-appropriate. Bonus points if your tote can fit your laptop!

Anine Bing Quinn blazer

$399

ANINE BING

Hereu Calella large bicolor tote bag

$370

BERGDORF GOODMAN

Anine Bing Bar silk skirt

$249

ANINE BING

By Far Desiree black creased leather thong sandals

$425

BY FAR
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Commuter Cool

Get back to basics in a pair of trousers, commuter-friendly sneakers, a button-up shirt, and a trench coat—a stylish combination of on-the-go wardrobe staples.

Uniqlo women's oversized trench coat

$80$60
UNIQLO

Everlane clean silk relaxed shirt

$105

EVERLANE

Cos high-waisted paperbag pants

$115

COS

Nike DBreak women's shoe

$90$67
NIKE
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Running Late?

A sweater, trouser, and a pair of classic pumps is an effortless outfit formula to have on hand for those mornings that just don’t go your way.

Naadam the essential cashmere sweater

$75

NAADAM

Kate Spade Knott AirPods Pro case

$65

KATE SPADE

Pixie Market Jaime grey trousers

$139

PIXIE MARKET

Bottega Veneta almond pumps

$890

Photographed by Dan Roberts

Dress to Impress

Add a little oomph to the no-fail black suit by playing with proportions. An oversized blazer and slick, split hem leggings should do the trick.

The Row Obine crepe blazer

$2,390

NET-A-PORTER

Zara slit ribbed leggings

$30

ZARA

Karen Wazen Kenny sunglasses

$140

SHOPBOP

Saint Laurent metal toe blade slingback pump

$795

NORDSTROM
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Temperature Controlled

Arctic-like air conditioning in the office? Layer your knit lounge pants from the work-from-home days under crisp poplin dresses for a smart, layered look.

Tory Burch artist button-front tiered dress

$448

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Bottega Veneta Mount leather envelope bag

$3,700

BOTTEGA VENETA

Simon Miller Cyrene rib-knit pants

$170

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

See By Chloe Hella python-print sandals

$375

BERGDORF GOODMAN
Photographed by Dan Roberts

Casual Fridays

You can’t go wrong at work in a pair of tailored, pleated trousers; add a leather belt and a tucked-in t-shirt for a more casual take on the office wardrobe classic, and don’t forget your phone.

Madeworn Rock Beach Boys crew tee

$160

SHOPBOP

iPhone 12 Pro Max leather case with MagSafe

$59

APPLE

Treasure & Bond oval buckle leather belt

$49

NORDSTROM

Aexae pleated linen straight-leg trousers

$160

MODA OPERANDI