4 Classic Workwear Looks Inspired By Vintage Style Icons

Get inspired by the timeless style of Katharine Hepburn, Mary Tyler Moore, and others.
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Get inspired by the timeless style of Katharine Hepburn, Mary Tyler Moore, and others.
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It's no news we love looking to the past for current outfit inspirations (Grace Kelly or Lauren Bacall, anyone?) And that especially extends to workwear. It's tough to stay out of a style rut when it comes to your everyday office attire. But by looking back upon trends that graced screens decades ago, you can discover new inspiration and think outside the box when it comes to your own closet.

For the most part, vintage trends are totally appropriate for the workplace today—think knee-length skirts and dresses, as well as pretty trousers. Check out our favorites from the 1970s like midi skirts and wrap dresses, as well as the wide-legged trousers from the 1940s.

CHARLIE'S ANGELS//

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Look 1: 1. Top, Topshop, $32 / 2. Necklace, Nordstrom, $70 / 3. Skirt, Topshop, $105 / 4. Heel, Sole Society, $70

Look 2: 1. Blouse, Topshop, $68 / 2. Skirt, Warehouse, $32 / 3. Bracelet, Sole Society, $20 / 4. Heel, Sole Society, $70

Look 3: 1. Dress, Warehouse, $85 / 2. Belt, Anthropologie, $68 / 3. Boot, Nordstrom, $100 / 4. Necklace, Nordstrom, $50 / 5. Watch, Nordstrom, $95

The 1970s Charlie's Angels series featured Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jacyln Smith as three Los Angeles private detectives with a mysterious boss. Here, we've got three classic officewear looks for inspiration!

Kate Jackson's classic black turtleneck and camel midi skirt is kept simple with modern nude heels and a series of long, layered chain necklaces. Farrah Fawcett's fantastic shirt dress is a note to all ladies: Shirt dresses are universally flattering for every body type! This particular look is perfect for a creative or academic environment when paired with cute brown booties and delicate turquoise jewelry. And, lastly, Jacyln Smith's bow blouse makes a pretty statement, while still easy to pair with a classic brown A-line skirt and trendy peachy pink suede pumps.

MARY TYLER MOORE//

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1. Blazer, Mango, $90 / 2. Pants, Warehouse, $76 / 3. Scarf, Nordstrom, $195 (similar) / 4. Bracelet, Baublebar, $38 / 5. Boot, DSW, $80

The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which began in 1970, was the first television program starring a single, independent career woman as the central character. We love Mary's boucle jacket and flouncy scarf. A black-and-white palette makes this look a bit more modern and provides a chic contrast to the bright, abstract floral silk scarf. Adding a light and pretty scarf really does wonders to your everyday uniform!

KATHARINE HEPBURN// 

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1. Bag, Zara. $90 / 2. Pants, Oasis, $72 / 3. Blazer, Warehouse, $80 / 4. Shirt, Joe Fresh, $49 / 5. Necklace, Baublebar, $38 / 6. Heels, Charles & Keith, $103

Katharine Hepburn was named Hollywood's greatest female star (who doesn't love The Philadelphia Story?) and her career spanned more than 60 years. She was a fiercely passionate and independent woman and was one of the first to wear menswear-inspired trousers—a true trendsetter.

With high-waisted, wide-legged pants, it's best to wear a heel to give more height and lengthen your silhouette. Sling-back mules with a chunky heel are one of this year's top trends. Keep the palette super neutral with a dressy white tee and cream boyfriend-fit blazer. And, just for fun, a powdery blue handbag adds a sleek feminine touch.