Work shoes for women can be a tricky part of your office wardrobe. You run the risk of looking too boring and uptight, or dressing inappropriately for work—and we don’t want either to happen! To save you from potential embarrassment or a workwear faux pas, learn how to go beyond just putting on a pair of shoes. You’ve got to style your entire outfit from head-to-toe and consider how each piece contributes to your look, work shoes for women included. Read on for fresh ways to style classic work shoes for women!
Styling Work Shoes For Women, A No-Nonsense
I was once guilty of wearing only one pair of shoes to work for weeks, and I didn’t even notice! It just so happened that I only had one pair of work-appropriate shoes, and my go-to pair of nude pumps seemed like the safest pairing for all my office looks. But the day I noticed I’d been wearing the same shoes over and over again, I went out and got new inspiration (and another pair of shoes!). There’s no reason to limit yourself to a single pair of work shoes for women—you spend most of your time at work, so feel free to experiment and express yourself through fashion even better. They say wearing the same clothes every day is a smart choice and saves you time, but I think that’s such a boring way to live. Fashion is less about “efficiency” and more about creativity and personal expression!
So here are a few ways to mix up your work shoes for women and make your work looks a lot more interesting!
1. Flats and Trousers
Lazy day? Throw on a pair of printed trousers and your comfiest flats for a laid-back yet polished look. You can wear a sweater or even a silk blouse with this no-fail combo!
2. Cap Toe Shoes and A Printed Dress
When it comes to work shoes for women, keep your designs classic. Cap toe shoes are a classic alternative to solid-colored flats and pumps, and they look great with fun printed dresses and timeless LBDs alike!
3. Nude Pumps and Cozy Layers
I got so used to dressing up my nude pumps and using them as a basic or balancing piece. But these essential work shoes deserve some attention too! Pair your nude pumps with cozy layers to make them the star of your look.
4. Block Heels and Leggings
Block heels are a more trendy option for work, but they’re still appropriate! If you want to experiment with colors, prints, and fabrics, block heels are the style to do it with. Velvet, metallics, you name it—you’ve got so many fun and fresh options! Leggings will also draw more attention to your shoes, making them the perfect match.
5. Strappy Heels and All-Black
Want to wear your strappy heels during the day time? All-black is your best bet. If you feel like a pop of color or contrast, throw a white coat or navy blazer over for a chic #GirlBoss look!
6. Strappy Pumps and Black Denim
I usually wear strappy pumps like these with dresses for a girly look, but I think I’ll try wearing them with black denim to work! Strappy pumps will give your edgy denim pants a much-needed feminine touch.
7. Mule Heels and Flowy Pieces
This is one combo I’m really excited to try now! While I don’t recommend flat mules for work (unless your office dress code is more laid-back), opt for the heeled version. It makes even the most basic work outfit that much more stylish.
Watch this video to see more work shoes for women you can style:
Bet you didn’t expect some of those pairings! While dressing for work does involve following dress codes and staying appropriate, you can definitely be creative within the rules. Just know how far you can go, and stay true to your personal style. What are your go-to work shoes for women? Share them with me in the comments section below!
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