For much of the country, what’s work appropriate has changed drastically in the past six months. With so many of us plugging in from home, we’ve spent the summer in bike shorts, leggings and lots of T-shirts. With the chill kiss of autumn in the air, it’s time to upgrade your WFH looks and give them a little more sparkle and style, without sacrificing comfort.
To help, we’ve rounded up the button-downs, trendy sweatshirts, statement earrings and even some sneakers that’ll make hanging around the house — and running a quick errand every now and then — feel a little bit more fun.
Luxe Nash Button-Down ($125; lacausa.com)
Whether it’s for a job interview, an important meeting or just a happy hour with friends, looking good from the top down can be easy, says Austin, Texas-based stylist Laurel Kinney, who says, “The easiest approach to styling leggings is to go for a more relaxed top to balance out the tight fit down below, but the length of this top is up to personal preference.”
This oversize 100% cotton button-down has lots of movement, which means it’s great for sitting or running errands. Bonus: It’s machine-washable.
The Washable Silk Relaxed Shirt ($110, originally $210; everlane.com)
Available in five colors and up to a size 16, this versatile shirt is a great layer over leggings and a cami, or under a chunky sweater.
Cobble Hill Turtleneck ($158; dudleystephens.com)
We’ve raved about this warm, stylish and ultra-flattering tunic-length turtleneck before, primarily because it’s toddlerproof, but it also goes from meetings to errands to post-work drinks on the deck.
Bulotus Women’s Long-Sleeve Cowl Neck Tunic (starting at $17.99; amazon.com)
This cowl neck, Amazon customer favorite tunic comes in 14 colorways. Did we mention it has pockets?
Forest Cropped Sweatshirt ($68; girlfriendcollective.com)
If you like a cropped look with your leggings, this cozy sweatshirt from Girlfriend Collective will keep you feeling snuggled up this fall.
Amazon Essentials Women’s Classic-Fit Button-Down Poplin Shirt (starting at $21.80; amazon.com)
This Amazon favorite gives a crisp look when paired with soft leggings or tucked into a boyfriend-cut jean.
Icon Denim Jacket ($48, originally $69.95; gap.com)
“Create balance and draw the eye wherever you’d like by using layers,” says Kinney. “To balance out your lower half and draw attention to your face, try layering something collared, like a relaxed denim or trench-style jacket over your leggings (bonus points for layering the jacket over a hoodie).”
Pull your look together when you’re picking up your kids from school with this classic, comfortable denim jacket that you’ll keep in your closet forever.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan ($116; nordstrom.com)
The relaxed collar on this cozy cardigan will keep you warm on cold fall mornings and looks great with a V-neck top on a video conference.
The Texture Cotton Cardigan ($98, originally $190; everlane.com)
It’s hard to resist a chunky knit this time of year. And this gorgeous cardigan, which comes in a light yellow, gray, black or cream, can be buttoned up or left open to show off your sharp blouse.
Edgewater RainOut Parka ($179; athleta.com)
This silky trench has the volume you want over leggings, taking you from yoga class to the coffee shop on a busy afternoon.
Recycled Nylon With Boiled Wool Coat ($378; eileenfisher.com)
Layer this “long jacket over a cropped top” to create visual interest, says Kinney, who recommends layering with this jacket.
Adidas Falcon Shoes ($80, originally $100; adidas.com)
“To prevent that top-heavy feeling, you can anchor your look with a bold shoe,” says Kinney. “A sleek combat boot can be a fun way to add edge and balance to your leggings, but you can also pair your favorite bootie, high-top or dad sneaker to stylishly anchor your look.”
These quintessential dad sneakers are available in two stylish colorways, and if you join Adidas’ free Creators Club, you’ll get another 15% off.
Sam Edelman Genera Low-Top Sneaker ($39.97, originally $80; nordstromrack.com)
For a classic dad look, try these clean-cut white sneakers featuring a bumper toe to give you that adorkable look that pairs well with a hoodie and leggings.
Frye Veronica Combat ($278; zappos.com)
Tough and chic, these combat boots from beloved brand Frye will last a lifetime with good care and come in six colors you can style up or down.
Sorel Lolla Cut Booties ($69.97, originally $140; nordstromrack.com)
The casually cute cutout booties are perfect for the transition into fall. Wear them with cropped leggings when it’s warm, and layer up with flannel and heavy socks when the weather cools.
Madewell Patti Lace-Up Boot ($228; zappos.com)
Straddling the line between combat boot and bootie, these sweet lace-up boots instantly add a pop of interest to a casual leggings-and-sweater look.
Blom Original Print Bamboo Headbands ($16; amazon.com)
To fully pull your look together, “It’s all about the accessories,” says Boston, Massachusetts-based Kaity Cimo and Katherine ReQua, owners of boutique For Now. Try “adding a bandana or headband” or “earrings that add a little bit of statement but aren’t too fancy-looking,” they explain.
This leopard print stretchy headband is a lifesaver on those days you just want your hair off your face but still want to look like you tried.
Ettika Wire Hoop Earrings ($40; nordstrom.com)
LulinaShop Sun and Moon Crescent Hoops (starting at $22.50; etsy.com)
These bestselling double hoops are beloved by Etsy shoppers. The matte texture, which is hand-created, adds a subtle visual interest.
ByLunari Multicolor Heart Tortoise Hoop Earrings (starting at $14.25, originally starting at $19; etsy.com)
These minimalist handmade earrings bring a pop of color without being over the top, and they bring some joy with their sweet heart shapes.