How to look professional in pink at work

I love to sprinkle pink into my workwear once in awhile. It adds that little fun and brightness without having to add a lot of accessories. Pink is one of those colors you need to be super careful with when considering it as part of your workwear. It’s vital to getting right in most settings. A bright pink is too bold and almost gives the appearance of a 1990’s Miami club owner. While fun and it has it’s place, it’s just not the best for the office. If the color is too light, it may look like it got mixed in with the darks in the wash. Try for something middle of the road and add a little texture if possible.

I tend to go clean and classic, so a pink button-down with a tailored suit looks amazing! The sweater I’m wearing goes great with trousers or a longer skirt, particularly now that we are in full Fall shopping mode. The ruffled sleeves, while may be typically be a little casual, it gives you a statement piece but isn’t too bold that it takes all the attention.

Have fun with it! There are a lot of options out there.

xo, Olivia

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  1. Alex ? wrote:

    Love the outfit @mrs.alepenaflor

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    • Arianna Valenzuela wrote:

      I really like your content Oliva! I just wondering how one becomes so successful at this? I love putting together outfits & when I wear something I love it makes my day better!

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  2. Jennifer wrote:

    It’s funny because I was JUST talking to my coworkers about how pink can look unprofessional is done incorrectly! The perfect shade pair with a workwear workhorse is how you do it! @ladyoutloud

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  3. Larissa wrote:

    I’d love to win that gorgeous purse to wear to work!! I’m a doctor and I think it would be great for carrying everything in.
    Love your posts!!

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  4. Jackie wrote:

    So pretty! Wearing pink to work helps to brighten up my mood 🙂 @jmboccuzza

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  5. Jessica wrote:

    Love your tips for wearing pink and I am more in love with your heels. I will def. get them for the fall! @msjessie126

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  6. Love the sleeves. @naadoc

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  7. Shelby Walker wrote:

    Love that you wrote about this! I always try to add pops of pink and other colors to my work outfits, I just get so tired of the dark colors all the time!

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  8. Amber M wrote:

    I know that this post was all about the pink, but I’m really loving those pants! @ambersmyers

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  9. Nalini wrote:

    I loved the combination pink+black! For some reason I always paired pink with white but it doesn’t look great on winter and rainy days! Def trying to copy that outfit soon!


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  10. Stephanie wrote:

    Love pink in workwear – so fun and chic!! @stephmariegonz

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  11. Z. Michelle wrote:

    I wish I could raid your closet every morning as I get ready for work! @zoa09

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  12. Randi wrote:

    Love seeing your style and the outfits you put together. Can’t wait to see more. @randiallyn

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  13. Mara Aline Rodrigues wrote:

    Loving your outfit!! You’re an inspiration for me everyday ❤️

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  14. Carolina Lopez wrote:

    I LOVE pink, I’ve even had pink hair! lol I’m going back into the 9-5 work force after over a year of being out of work and wearing workout clothes all day. I’m concerned on my “look” for the new job. In the work I did before that, I wore scrubs.

    The job is in a High School (not a teacher), so I don’t want to look too corporate. I think adding touches of color like pink will be perfect. Thank you Olivia, I appreciate it all your advice.


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  16. Erica W wrote:

    I love your style Olivia! (Hi Sebastian☺) I also love how workplace attire is changing to reflect personalities and not a type.

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  17. Mayra wrote:

    This is a great example of wearing pastel pink, it may be the only way I could wear this color in the office.
    Thanks for sharing! @mscaptures

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  18. Christine wrote:

    love the pink & the shoes!!

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  19. Jherell wrote:

    Love this look! You are corporate style GOALS! @jherelld

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  20. Sylvia wrote:

    Totally agree that pairing bright colors with neutrals work perfectly for the office. Xo ? @samimay_inc

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  21. Kristen Pritchett wrote:

    Love your look Olivia! I always wear black to work but this post makes me think I can wear pink too! @kristenpritch

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  22. Lisa wrote:

    Love your style! Been following you for some time! Your instastories are so cute with sweet Sebastian! Would love to start blogging but so scared to take the leap! Any advice you can give for someone just starting out? I know the content i would want to focus on, fashion/lifestyle. But still so nervous! ?

    @love.simple. ness

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  23. Pauline wrote:

    I always have the same issue with wearing light colors that may look too sheer/not the most appropriate for the office. Pink has been a tough color for me to feel comfortable in at wo but I really like how polished this piece looks! Thanks for sharing as always ? @paulinezilch

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  24. Christina kovage wrote:

    Loving the pink at work post! Thanks for sharing your style! @ckovage

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  25. Claudia Wilkis wrote:

    I really think the “millennial pink” color can be very classy for work if done correctly! @wilkisclaudia

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  26. Diana wrote:

    Love this post. Pink if my favorite color and your post inspired me! Thank you!


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  27. Rachel wrote:

    I love this post! I just started my next to last semester of college and your workwear posts give me so much inspiration! Being a business student I have quite a few classes and meetings to go to where I’m expected to dress like a professional. It’s so nice to see some new ideas for what I can wear because sometimes I just feeling like I’m wearing the same things over and over! @rachelbowman94

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  28. Kristy wrote:

    Newbie follower here and loving the touch of pink! Fantastic outfit for the office. Now only if the short came in marernity! @kriss1548

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  29. Navy and pink is such a great combo. Thanks for the outfit idea! I LOVE pink. My favorite color for sure.

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  30. @gcapriglione wrote:

    Need all of the pink pieces you’ve recommended! What’s more fun than pink ????‍♀️

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  31. Leslie wrote:

    Love the post and the bag would be a perfect pink piece to add to a neutral outfit!

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  32. Sara wrote:

    Great outfit! Love a pop of color for officewear. @sarie213

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  33. Elle wrote:

    More pink is needed at the office. Adds femininity and playfulness. @beachbum133

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  34. Emily wrote:

    Love it!! Your blog is so helpful as I try to build my post-grad professional wardrobe


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  35. Heather wrote:

    I love adding some color to my outfit when I go to work because it seems that everywhere I look in NYC, everyone is wearing black!

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  36. Olivia wrote:

    I’m starting at a law firm in the fall and I wish I had your wardrobe for work! Can’t wait to start building mine up.


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  37. Kristen wrote:

    I wore pink today to work! Love when it’s done right – it’s so feminine and a pop of color always brightens up my mood! Your style always inspires my work wardrobe. @kristenmary19

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  38. Michelle Capobianco wrote:

    This is really interesting. I’ve never worn pink to work before but I’m considering it now after I saw this look ? @mcapobee

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  39. Alexis Graham wrote:

    I don’t own that much pink, but this post inspired me to check out some pink pieces on my next shopping trip. @lexgraham12

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  40. Aurora Oliver wrote:

    Such a great post! I’m new to your blog but I love your content! I’m hoping to start working at a high end consignment store in the DC area and will definitely be taking your ideas into consideration!! @roryanneoliver

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  41. Angelica Permiakov wrote:

    I never even stopped to think that pink would be inappropriate for work. I feel like it’s more about the silhouette than the color. I love a beautiful pink piece, it can be less electric when paired with a neutral or classic colored piece. This sweater look awesome. Let’s wear more pink! @angelicapermiakov

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  42. Maria wrote:

    I love the look! @summer9231

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  43. Christy Joyner wrote:

    My office held an event for our volunteers and asked us to wear pink. I didn’t have anything in pink at that time but I will be getting something pink soon! Loved the article. @janel28501

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  44. Christy wrote:

    Love this look and now I’m about to pull the trigger on those shoes! Have been lusting after them! @Christybernadet

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  45. Lisa O. wrote:

    Always loved your blog. I remember when I first followed Corporate Catwalk in 2015 post Graduation. I got my first Corporate job but had such a relaxed style from college. Your tips taught me how to brighten/spice up my wardrobe and still dress nice in the Corporate world. I’ve watched you grow and being preggo with Sebastian was my fav. Anywho you always know I call you my spirit animal. Keep the blogs coming! @queenefosa ?

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  46. Alison wrote:

    Love the idea of incooperating fun color into work outfits!


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  47. Desiree wrote:

    Loved the look Olivia!! You’re always so chic. I loved how you tucked the sweater in and added the Gucci belt, it looks so polished. Thank you for all the look inspos everyday!! ?

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  48. Claudia wrote:

    Totally agree that pink is the perfect color to show some personality and add some fun to a work outfit, I surely get noticed amongst the big group of older males in dark suits typical of the corporate/IT world. Read this yesterday and wearing pink today 🙂


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  49. Sam wrote:

    Being in a sorority who’s colors are pink and green, I never lost my love for the color. I am so happy that blush is such a popular color right now!

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  50. I love that you wrote about this! I’m starting as a young graduate and def will folow your tips! Btw, I LOVE THE SHOES! Xo from Belgium. @emilieverstraeten

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  51. Haley Dicus wrote:

    I love your style! I am always trying to stay professional in the office without looking dull. Your tips will definitely help!

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  52. Bethy wrote:

    I’ve always wondered how to make pink look professional at work, and this is simply a wonderful example. Please show more of these in the foreseeable future!


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  53. Rouhma wrote:

    I really love your style because it’s classy and pretty ? and it’s not to much. I love EVERYTHING about your style !!!!! ❤

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  54. Mariam wrote:

    I love pink! Thanks for showing how to keep it professional but also fun and super cute! @mpoush xo

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  55. Kristina wrote:

    Use a color as pink is really difficult, but you’ve been able to match it perfectly. A fair equilibrium between simple and sophisticated. @kristina_bi

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  56. Amna wrote:

    Love pink & anyway I can incorporate that into a work look is a win in my book! This sweater looks so chic on you (if only I could pull off a sleeve like that!).

    Ps. That 1990’s Miami club owner bit made me giggle!

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  57. Willemijn wrote:

    Love how this looks on you! I have to be extra careful with pink since I’m a blonde and I don’t want to look too barbie like. 😉

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  58. Lindsey Clements-Acosta wrote:

    Love this look!!! @_linds13_

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  59. Victoria Long wrote:

    As a college senior preparing for graduate school interviews, this post inspires me and excites me as I enter a world of professionalism. Thank you for sharing! @victoria_longg

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  60. Megan wrote:

    Love this whole look!!!

    Megan |

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