10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Work Wardrobe for Spring

10 Ways to Brighten Up Your Work Wardrobe for Spring

Spring is my favourite season of the year. I love seeing the new flowers bloom and the days grow longer. It’s also rejuvenating to be able to shed your heavy winter coat, gloves and scarf for much lighter and brighter clothing for the spring and summer seasons. If you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably also making the transition from the colder months to the warmer months. I want to share with you 10 ways to brighten up your work wardrobe for spring. Take a read through the tips below, you’ll find some practical advice for both men and women.

1. Add a Splash of Colour

During winter, if your wardrobe is anything like mine, it probably consists mainly of darker colours, such as black, navy or charcoal. By adding a splash of colour to your outfit for spring, you can immediately lift your emotions and look brighter, happier and more radiant. Scroll down to the end of the page to take a look at the colours that are in fashion this spring.

2. Wear a Spring Suit

Instead of a black, navy, or charcoal suit, choose a light grey or cream suit for spring and summer. In the warmer months, fabric plays a crucial role in keeping you cool. Choose a suit that is made from cotton so your skin can breath.

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3. Wear Brown Shoes or Nude Coloured Heels

Both men and women can wear brown shoes. Brown shoes pair wonderfully with grey. Nude coloured heels match perfectly with a navy dress for women. These colours really help you to “step away” from the traditional black shoes that you’ve probably been wearing all throughout winter.

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4. Buy a Crisp White Shirt

What better way to start spring and summer on a fresh note than with a new white shirt. This is the most versatile piece of clothing you will have in your work wardrobe. Make sure you choose 100% cotton so your skin can breath.

5. Layer With a Cardigan

Even in summer, the air conditioning inside can often be freezing. Prepare for the constant change from cold to warm by using layers in your outfit. Invest in a cardigan and choose a colour that is bright and summery. Take a look at the colour chart below.

6. Swap Dark Ties For Light Ties

For men, the most obvious place to add colour is with your business tie. Try wearing a brighter coloured tie, such as light blue, light green, purple, or even yellow. Make sure the colour of your tie coordinates well with your shirt.

7. Wear a Pencil Skirt, Flared Skirt, or Pleated Skirt

For women, spring and summer give you the chance to move away from pants and wear a skirt instead. Pencil skirts, pleated skirts, or flared skirts are all great for the office, as long as they’re not too short. An appropriate length for a skirt in the office is just above your knee. Skirts also team well with cardigans, as I talked about in number 5.

8. Chinos For Men

Chinos are halfway between suit pants and jeans. They’re less formal than wearing a suit, and perfect for days when you want to wear business casual instead of business formal. To ensure you look as professional as possible, make sure your Chinos are properly ironed and paired with a belt.

9. Keep a Tailored Jacket in Your Office

For both men and women, it’s always a good idea to keep a tailored jacket in your office for those days when you have an unexpected meeting to attend. A tailored jacket can add formality to your outfit in an instant.

10. Invest in a Trench Coat

Trench coats are great for the beginning of spring when the weather has not yet transitioned to the high temperatures. Trench coats come in a variety of colours and are a perfect way to add some extra vibrance to your outfit.

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For more advice and tips on professional dress, click on these links for “Simple Guide to Executive Colours“, and “4 Professional Dress Mistakes on International Business Trips“.

What’s your favourite tip to take your professional wardrobe from winter to spring? Leave your comments in the section below.

About Kara

Kara Ronin is an international business etiquette expert and founder of Executive Impressions. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider India, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Daily Muse, Women 2.0, and more. Kara offers corporate seminars and online training programs on business etiquette, leadership skills, and executive communication around the world. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox