The back to the office cheat sheet: Outfits with white pants

What are you wearing back to work in 2021? Coming up with business casual work outfits again is a challenge now that work from home is ending for me. I feel out of ideas and unsure about how to style my basics or what business clothes to upgrade. So I’ve started by making a cheat sheet of how to style some of my favorite pieces to avoid morning getting-dressed brain fog. Today: white pants.

White pants are super versatile, obviously, so I feel like I can bookend them with whatever accessories I want. The first style I gravitated toward here was my favorite summer accent color, red. I have a hard time with summer dressing because I like jewel tones best and they tend to get associated with fall/winter, so ruby red is my summer jewel tone choice!

I picked brown accessories here so that I can also stretch white pants season into fall.

Sweater tee (Get $25 off with code REBECCA25)

Pants

Flats

Bag (mine is old, search “paint stripe” and Madewell on Poshmark to find it!)

The first outfit jogged my memory about tan and white being a great combo, obviously 🙂 I see a bunch of inspo for wearing lighter tan with white all over Pinterest, but tan tends to wash me out, so I went for this warmer caramel color instead. I found this amazing stretchy bodysuit at a boutique in Denver so I sadly don’t have a link, but bodysuits under blazers is my new favorite no-fuss summer style!

Blazer (all my H&M blazers are from Poshmark! They are everywhere secondhand!)

Flats (so nice I bought them twice as you can see haha)

Here, I tried to pick up colors in this plaid blazer–there’s a subtle light blue stripe in there–and used it to guide both the tank top and the shoes. I was surprised by how much I like this outfit because I’m very timid about patterns for absolutely no reason.

Blazer (similar)

Tank

Last, I’ve been loving this tie waist top because it means I don’t have to tuck anything in to have some shape to my outfit. I wasn’t so sure about it with the more voluminous pant but I think it works! This is the joy of trying outfits on and actually taking pictures. I tend to give up on outfits right away before I’ve even tried any shoes…these days I try to force myself to fully accessorize and take a step back in the mirror before I make any decisions. Half the time outfits just need a belt or a half tucked in shirt to work out.

Tee (similar)

Flats

Purse

There you have it! What basics should I style next?

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