Business Casual
Not strictly business. Courtesy of Mango

Ah, nine-to-five dressing in a post-pandemic world. It can be hard to find the right balance between professionalism and style. Especially when it's frigid outside and you're coming off of a weeks-long vacation. Luckily, there's a fun new workwear(-ish) trend on the horizon, one that invites you to disrupt said balance. Dress "business casual," if you will.

The Spring 2024 collections were filled with looks that at first glance seemed geared toward the office, but, upon closer inspection, revealed a little NSFW cheekiness. At Bottega Veneta, Coperni, Givenchy, Gucci, Jil Sander, Marni, Proenza Schouler, Victoria Beckham, Emilia Wickstead, Zimmermann and more, designers used relaxed tailoring — in particular oversize blazers — as the cornerstone of various semi-office-ready looks, depending on how corporate your grind is.

The trend brings to mind the collective identity crisis we experienced when, after quarantine, we began to venture out into the world and dress up again. When a blazer over a former WFH outfit felt like the height of sophistication. Read on for a full breakdown of Spring 2024's undone corporate trend plus a selection of pieces to help you begin outfit-building. Whether you apply this knowledge to your nine-to-five or five-to-nine wardrobe is up to you. Seems to us it applies to both equally.

Oversize Blazers

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Jil Sander Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

A well-tailored blazer elevates almost any outfit. And if the recent runways are any indication, boxy, oversize silhouettes will continue to dominate in 2024. At Jil Sander, we saw almost perfectly square-shoulder jackets paired with sailor-collar shirts and cuffed trouser shorts to highlight the silhouette. At Emilia Wickstead, a model walked in a denim skirt suit with jacket sleeves so long they hid her hands from view. You needn't go to such extremes. These structured, strong-shoulder options will set you apart from the crowd and allow you to function in society.

Zimmermann Luminosity Oversized Wool Blazer
Zimmermann

Zimmermann Luminosity Oversized Wool Blazer, $700 at Matches Fashion

The Frankie Shop Tansy Oversized Blazer
The Frankie Shop

The Frankie Shop Tansy Oversized Blazer in Beige, $285 at The Frankie Shop

HM Oversized Double-Breasted Blazer
H&M

H&M Oversized Double-Breasted Blazer, $66.99 at H&M

Mango Oversized Suede Blazer
Mango

Mango Oversized Suede Blazer, $269.99 at Mango

Magda Butrym Wool Blazer
Magda Butrym

Magda Butrym Wool Blazer, $2,080 at Mytheresa

Statement Skirts

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Bottega Veneta Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Gone are the days of prim and proper skirt suits. Today's nine-to-five dressing trend calls for volume and/or unexpected materials. At Marni, undulating, umbrella-like checkered miniskirts came teamed with coordinating boxy blazers. At Bottega Veneta, we saw skirts of all styles and textures, including bias cut and made from strips of different colored leather. Crocheted and topped with matching sweaters. Midis with makeshift bubble hems formed by delicate fringe. The order of the day? Have fun with fabric and form (within reason).

3.1 Phillip Lim Chintz Pleated Skirt
3.1 Phillip Lim

3.1 Phillip Lim Chintz Pleated Skirt in Midnight, $390 at The Frankie Shop

Alice Olivia Emilie Box Pleated Tweed Mini Skirt
Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia Emilie Box Pleated Tweed Mini Skirt, $295 at Bergdorf Goodman

Anna October J.Crew Sequin Skirt
Anna October x J.Crew

Anna October x J.Crew Sequin Skirt in Pink Orchid, $248 at J.Crew

Mango Cargo Skirt With Slit
Mango

Mango Cargo Skirt With Slit, $59.99 at Mango

Dries Van Noten Embroidered Silk and Mesh Midi Skirt
Dries Van Noten

Dries Van Noten Embroidered Silk and Mesh Midi Skirt, $1,245 at Net-a-Porter

Relaxed Trousers

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Coperni Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Nonchalant office dressing requires pants that don't cut off circulation at the waistband. Thank Coperni for giving drawstrings a rebrand at its Spring 2024 show, which saw tuxedo jackets paired with deconstructed button-downs and drawstring capris in jersey. And for any traditionalists aghast at the thought, there's always relaxed tailoring, four-way stretch and Issey Miyake's pleated masterpieces to fall back on.

Acne Studios Tailored Wool Blend Trousers
Acne Studios

Acne Studios Tailored Wool Blend Trousers in Cold Beige, $650 at Acne Studios

COS Wide-Leg Fluid Denim Pants
COS

COS Wide-Leg Fluid Denim Pants, $120 at COS

Mango Satin Pants With Elastic Waist
Mango

Mango Satin Pants With Elastic Waist in Pastel Green, $39.99 at Mango

Pleats Please Issey Miyake Black Thicker Trousers
Pleats Please Issey Miyake

Pleats Please Issey Miyake Black Thicker Trousers, $625 at SSENSE

High Sport Stretch-Cotton Jacquard High-Rise Flared Pants
High Sport

High Sport Stretch-Cotton Jacquard High-Rise Flared Pants, $960 at Net-a-Porter

Undone Shirting

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Stella McCartney Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Complement androgynous, oversize suiting with undone, ultra-feminine shirting for high-impact contrast. When it comes to choosing a blouse, go ruffled, slinky, shiny, sheer, polka dotted. To reproduce Stella McCartney's Spring 2024 runway styling, halt your buttoning just above your navel and tuck in firmly.

Zara Satin Effect Shirt
Zara

Zara Satin Effect Shirt in Multicolored, $35.90 at Zara

COS Tie-Detail Polka-Dot Silk-Chiffon Blouse
COS

COS Tie-Detail Polka-Dot Silk-Chiffon Blouse, $225 at COS

Acne Studios Printed Silk Button-Up Shirt
Acne Studios

Acne Studios Printed Silk Button-Up Shirt, $372 at Acne Studios

By Anthropologie Silky Iridescent Buttondown Shirt
By Anthropologie

By Anthropologie Silky Iridescent Buttondown Shirt in Cream, $98 at Anthropologie

Babaton Symmetry Blouse
Babaton

Babaton Symmetry Blouse in Black, $89.60 at Aritzia

Figure-Skimming Knits

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Givenchy Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Same principle. The business casual trend is all about playing with proportion, toeing the line between office-appropriate and NSFW. Sophistication and irreverence. Menswear and womenswear. Emulate designers like Sabato De Sarno of Gucci and Matthew M. Williams of Givenchy by offsetting extreme tailoring with soft, stripped-back knits. Thicker tops will distract from your wide-shoulder silhouette. The options below add texture (and a touch of classic Tom Ford sex appeal, if that's what you're going for) without bulk.

Cult Gaia Xandra Cropped Knit Top
Cult Gaia

Cult Gaia Xandra Cropped Knit Top, $218 at Shopbop

TOTEME Knitted Off-Shoulder Top
TOTEME

TOTEME Knitted Off-Shoulder Top, $600 at Mytheresa

Everlane The Alpaca Wrap Sweater
Everlane

Everlane The Alpaca Wrap Sweater in Snow, $59 at Everlane

Reformation Kaitlyn Cotton Cardigan
Reformation

Reformation Kaitlyn Cotton Cardigan in Dark Olive, $168 at Reformation

Gucci Cashmere-Blend Trimmed Metallic Ribbed-Knit Top
Gucci

Gucci Cashmere-Blend Trimmed Metallic Ribbed-Knit Top, $1,400 at Net-a-Porter

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