June 14, 2018

Spring & Summer Dressing: What I’d wear to a 9-5 job.

9-5 Job Outfit Idea

9-5 Work Outfit, Helena of Brooklyn BlondeBlazer: Theory (wearing a size 4) | Cami: L’agence (in white) | Denim: J.Crew (similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Necklace: Tiffany & Co., Edge of Ember | Belt: Similar

9-5 Job Outfit Idea

Lately, I’ve been receiving more and more messages asking me to share what outfit I’d wear to a 9-5 job or to an important meeting. This pretty much sums up one of my go-to outfits if you don’t work in a suit-dressing environment.

I know that some might question the distressed denim. But I find that it adds just the right amount of edge, without being too much. Of course, if you work in an environment where any sort of distress is not suitable, then swap out for a pair that’s a little cleaner. Under the blazer I’m wearing a cami that’s a touch sexy. Perfect if you need an outfit that takes you from day to night.

Also, never underestimate the power of the little details. A belt and some necklaces really help in adding a little extra oomph to an outfit!

Please let me know if you found this post helpful and if you’d want to see a bit more “workwear” ideas.

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  • Allie

    I agree, it’s the details that make the outfit (or really anything for that matter). Thank you for the I spiration, I love the blazer paired with the white denim. xAllie

  • YZ Chan

    Such a classic and chic look! Love the neutrals. 🙂


  • Beth

    This is a super cute outfit, but would only be appropriate for a casual work environment. You have excellent style so I would be curious what outfit ideas you have for a business casual/business environment where jeans (much less distressed jeans) would not fly! (e.g., law firm, consulting firm, finance, etc.)

  • Yolanda

    I love this smart, chic outfit, especially the buttoned cami. I would love to see more “work wear” ideas on your blog. Smart but chic work wear inspiration is becoming scarce on fashion blogs. Thanks, Helena!

  • Kim

    I love this look! This is great inspo for my 9-5!


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  • Gabrielle

    Love this look so much! So simple and chic! Being a fashion designer by night, but stuck in the legal world by day.. I don’t like to compromise my style for frumpy boring office looks! This is kind of my go to uniform for work. On professional days, I pair a silk tank and edgy blazer with black pants or trousers, and on casual days, its distressed denim! Always a pointy heel or ankle strap sandal! #heelsforlife
    Would actually LOVE for you to post more 9-5 looks because most bloggers have left their day jobs to pursue blogging full time and no longer showcase professional looks! But your readers for the most part are all stuck at their desks haha.. at least I am! 🙂

    I have a high-end blazer only collection debuting soon, and I think you would be obsessed! Will DM you when ready to send!

  • Lena

    I would love to see more work wear, especially work wear for the summer season.

  • Liv

    Love the blazer, so chic!



  • Alex

    Love the outfit ! I need this blazer !

  • Simona Adamcova

    Lovely and subtle outfit for work or even anywhere as you said day-night .. 🙂 I like the blazer


  • Ewa Macherowska

    Love the look! x


  • BeingIsabella

    The blazer you are wearing is fabulous and I think wearing this one, in beige, was the right choice because it’s more subdued than black and is better for everyday wear. I definitely agree with you on the distressed denim, if it’s the amount you are wearing here. If it’s all of the jeans than maybe not so much!


  • Ashleigh

    Love this! But so afraid I’ll die in this Vegas heat!
    Ashleigh | Ashleigh Renay

  • Glory of the Snow

    Great office outfit, you look so chic!


  • Mademoiselle Coconath

    Love your outfit! So chic!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  • Shadowy_lady

    I love the outfit Helena, but definitely at my work I cannot wear denim. We are not required to wear suits but denim is a big no no.

    Always meant to ask you (as I have followed you since the beginning of your blog), how do you wear jeans in NYC summers? My city has similar climate (hot and humid summers but much colder winters than yours) and just the thought of wearing denim in the summer makes me sweat. Especially in the NYC subways. Do you switch to lighter material denim?

  • Amy

    Would love to see more ‘work wear’ – I work in a tricky (style wise) career in education – no jeans but not full business formal, definitely always on the hunt for great functional pieces that look sharp but not stuffy

  • Fatou

    This look is definitely NOT basic!

  • Mireia

    In love with this outfit! I would definitely wear it too!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Mélissa Bertrand

    This is exactly what I’m wearing today! Absolutely love the outfit and would like to see more of work outfits. I’m in love!

  • Chloe

    Love the shades in this outfit!

    Chloe x

    • nicole sioui

      I wore something very similar this week! However, I have to forgo the distressed part as it’s considered teenage and sloppy in too many workplaces where I live.

  • usps tracking

    Wow, the clothes she wears are so beautiful, so stylish, I also want a set of clothes like that.

  • AlIcia

    This is sooooo helpful!! More of these please!!! I especially struggle at this time of year because I take the subway to work and have to walk a good amount and the humidity is unreal.

  • Amanda

    Looking gorgeous! These are perfect looks for work. I like the addition of this blazer with white jeans. Thanks and keep sharing.

  • Karan Verma

    Great blazer, you look so nice!


  • Deidra Monika

    Love the simplicity and classic vibe on this look.


  • Lisa

    Looking awesome! I can take an unique outfit idea go through your article. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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