Workwear That’s In Store This Season

Workwear That’s In Store This Season

For the past few weeks, I’ve been styling a commercial shoot. My job, to dress 14 people, means a lot of shopping! So I spent 6 days in store plus another day online.

I had 10 racks of clothing for my shoot.

The commercial’s creative direction was quite specific. Everything must be either light blue or light green. I love when there’s a clear vision for a look. But when that vision is out of season and not a trending color, it’s hard to find! 

As I was in and out of the stores I noticed certain themes (i.e. trends) emerge. And that’s what I’m sharing today. But because I was shopping for clean and professional looks — office attire, if you will — that’s what these styles are grounded in. 

Keep reading to see what’s in store for workwear this fall.

3 tie tops from my shoot

Tie Tops

Also known as the pussy bow blouse, this scarf + shirt combo serves as a nice variation for a blazer underpinning. On my shoot, I proposed to dress one woman in this style, but the client said she looked too much like a flight attendant. If I were to wear a top like this, it would be in a print, or a fun bold color — neither of which were called for on this job. 

Trying on one of the blazers from my job. Not my style! (And it’s too big.)

Blazers with Ruching

This feels very trendy to me. When my assistant and I inspected one at H&M, my first thought was “No Way!” But she convinced me of their modern appeal so I caved and bought several. We used one for the commercial!

Shiny Fabrics

While I love the shimmer of a bold metallic — particularly for shoes and bags — I am not a fan of a satin finish on a blouse. Traditionally, this look is reserved for going out at night, but that’s no longer the case. Shiny shirts are everywhere, even in office attire! I didn’t buy any for my job because the sheen doesn’t play nicely with the lights on set. And I knew the client would never go for it.

That’s what you’ll see in-store this season for workwear.

Tell me in the comments below — which will you wear!

Elysha Lenkin
Elysha Lenkin helps women express themselves through fashion so they look current, feel confident and stay true to themselves. For over 20 years, she's worked on commercial shoots styling women in all shapes, ages and sizes including Carrie Underwood, Tina Fey and Serena Williams. Now her focus is to make fashion fun and approachable for real women so they show up feeling like superstars in their lives.


  1. Cindy Warner says:

    I’ll upgrade tosilk blouses, the other trends no thanks.

  2. Zheela says:

    I recently bought a couple of silk shirts for work. I already have one bold tie top print in red chiffon that I love as it’s so retro.

  3. Good to know what you want and don’t want!

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