Break Out of Your Black-Pants Routine with These 5 Office-Friendly Alternatives

We love—and we mean love—a perfect black pant. Months of below freezing temps can make dark hues particularly appealing when the last thing you want to do is stand, half-clothed, in front of your closet trying to come up with new outfits. However, we will (reluctantly!) admit that this classic staple deserves a day off, and you deserve some color in your life. Our secret weapon for switching up the 9-to-5 style vibe without turning into a popsicle in the process? Pants in unexpected colors and patterns. Trust: a simple switch to living in full color will make every blouse and sweater in your closet feel new.

To help you get the wheels turning (and show you that it is indeed possible to go all week without so much as glancing at your beloved black pants) we’ve put together five fabulous work outfits using some of our strongest silhouettes. Find a pair that suits your vibe—or collect all five—and watch as the winter months fly right on by.

 

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Monday: Back-to-Work Blues

Bring the relaxed ease of double-denim into the office without breaking the dress code. Just match slim-cut trousers and a silky button-down shirt in tonal blues for a more polished spin on the weekend style statement. Swapping white sneakers for white slingback heels instantly ups the footwear formality factor.

 

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Tuesday: Neutral Ground

Squash it’s-only-Tuesday stress with a sharp outfit in elegant earth tones. Our barely boot-cut Columnist Pant and stiletto heel pumps in warm nude will make you look taller and more poised instantly. Add our fluid, oh-so-flattering cocoon top in neutral stripe and finish it off with gold hoop earrings. An unfussy, natural-texture hairstyle adds a little something-something if you ask us.

 

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Wednesday: Office Romance

Spring might be months away, but where is it written that you can’t enjoy the season’s feminine colors and patterns now? Our mid-rise Columnist Pant comes in a neutral pink color that’s unexpected, totally professional, and pretty to boot. A crisp white shirt and pair of patterned heels make the look so sweetly ladylike it can go straight from a presentation to a post-work wine-bar date.

 

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Thursday: Check, Please

A strong check pattern makes your pants the focal point of your outfit, without relying on color for oomph. We love these Glen plaid pants with pointy black ankle boots and a light green blouse for a minty fresh look that’ll keep you feeling energized as you inch ever closer towards the weekend. Add a jolt of matte red or pink lipstick as an extra pick-me-up.

 

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Friday: Rebel Yell

Redefine “casual Friday” with a look that’s comfortable without being the least bit boring. Hot pink ankle pants are the driving force behind this look and will turn more than a few heads. Embroidered sneakers take them to a high fashion—and highly comfortable—place. Because two statement pieces are probably enough for an office outing, anchor it with a fitted black knit on top. Change into heels to glam things up after hours, or rock the look as-is all night long. It’s that good.