Yes – You Can Wear A Hoodie To Work, These 6 Outfit Combinations Prove It

For when you've got a board meeting at 4.30 and the gym at 5...

Can a hoodie, the quintessential loungewear item, be worn while not lounging?

Each year as winter kicks in, roll necks, faux fur jackets, and scarves get all the love – but the hoodie is the true star of the season.

The now fashion-approved hoodie is no longer relegated to loungewear, athleisure-wear, doing laundry-wear or Sunday scaries-wear—it's fashion and should be treated as such. 

They're already a staple of our weekend wardrobe, but for us working women, the question becomes: How can we work the cosiest item of clothing into our Monday-Friday ensembles? Is it possible to transition such an item from the couch to the boardroom? The answer is yes – when paired with the right outfit.

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While a hoodie may not fly at the most conservative offices, at those where the dress code isn't quite as strict but you still want/need to look professional, pair your hoodie with polished, structured pieces. Smarten things up by layering one under a blazer, with menswear-inspired trousers or a sleek pair of velvet heels. Dress it up with a silk midi skirt and a pair of heeled boots, or embody the word casual on a Friday and pair with joggers if its the cosy girl look you're going for. 

Here, six ways to make a hoodie office-approved. And, no, you won’t get fired.

outfit 1: smarten up with a blazer

Black Longline Double Breasted Blazer, €49.95, Zara

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Printed Hooded Top, €59.99, H&M

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Check Chino Trouser, €39.95, Zara

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This look works with trousers and heels if you need a smarter vibe for the office or team trainers for smart/casual Friday look. 

outfit 2: SLIP IT Over a satin midi skirt

Oversized Hooded Sweatshirt, €16.99, Bershka 

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Satin Bias Slip Skirt, €40, Topshop

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Amuwien Black Boots, €130, ALDO

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Asides from hoodies, what is the one item you'll find in wardrobes everywhere? A satin slip midi skirt. So, it just makes sense that these two items work well together. Pair with some heeled boots and throw a blazer on top if you're worried it's a bit too casual. 

outfit 3: KEEP IT MINIMAL 

Hooded Top, €7.99, H&M

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Regular Straight Jean, €39.99, Mango

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Square Toe Leather Ballerina Pumps, €89, & Other Stories

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It sounds contradictory, but sometimes it's the simple (often called "boring") outfits that are the chicest. There's something about clean, minimalist outfits that we've always been drawn to because they always look expensive. Think about it. Is there anything more effortlessly cool than head-to-toe neutrals? Exactly. 

outfit 4: Just pleat it

Oversized Hooded Sweatshirt, €16.99, Bershka 

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Basic Cotton Shirt, €19.95, Zara

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Black Pleated Faux Leather Midi Skirt, €65, River Island

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If there's one thing that screams workwear, it's pleats. Test out a pleated skirt, which gives this look a more boho feel while still keeping it profesh. Add a super pointed-toe pump and you're set for that big presentation.

outfit 5: DRESS UP WITH A smart PANT

Houndstooth Knit Blazer, €49.95, Zara

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Houndstooth Knit Trousers, €39.95, Zara

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Rust Hooded Top, €19.99, H&M

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The ultimate tomboy meets girly outfit. Pair your hoodie with dress pants to elevate it to work-appropriate. Add a square toe loafer, cross-body bag, and a statement earring for an extra professional touch.

outfit 6: DARE TO JEAN

501 Cropped Jeans, €115, Levis at Brown Thomas

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Hooded Top, €13.99, H&M

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Herringbone Crepe Blazer, €77, M&S

Think of your usual casual Friday ensemble, what does it involve? Jeans and a nice top. Well, this Friday and every Friday to come, swap out that nice top for an equally nice hoodie. Pair with boots or loafers to smarten things up. 

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