Returning to normal life is going to be really, really weird. Will we ever be able to relax into a busy crowd again? We hope so. Until then, we’ll be taking baby steps, and the first step coming our way fast is a return to the working environment. While some are already working in the office again, many of us are not. For those dreading the return to coffee-machine socializing, we teamed up with Browns to make the transition a touch easier by rounding up the best clothes to return to the office in.

Offices are tricky places — etiquette and rules are priorities, but you also want to feel comfortable and have some fun if possible. That’s the vibe that we’re trying to communicate with today’s roundup. Selections from Liam Hodges, Jacquemus, Ahluwalia, and more proffer a sense of formality without the strict regulations. We’re talking playful cuts and flashes of color to bring some character to even the dreariest of Mondays in the office.

Keep scrolling to see what to wear to the office when it reopens.

Liam Hodges Unified Work Shorts

Unified Work Shorts

Unified Work Shorts

$341

Liam Hodges

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Back to work means bring in the workwear. This pair of long shorts by Liam Hodges gives classic workwear a contemporary twist with a two-tone build combining denim and indigo-dyed cotton. This is how to push the boundaries of office-ready attire in style.

Beams Plus Six Pocket Trousers

Six Pocket Trousers

Six Pocket Trousers

$290

Beams

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Yes, they're cargo pants, but the dark khaki colorway and slim tailoring positions this pair of six-pocket pants from Beams Plus in the arena of office wear. Better still, the pure cotton construction makes for a comfortable day.

RHUDE Cigar-Printed Short-Sleeve Shirt

Cigar-Printed Short-Sleeve Shirt

Cigar-Printed Short-Sleeve Shirt

$650

RHUDE

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Graphic shirts are a perfect way to slowly push the boat out on casual office clothing. You get all the formality and cleanliness of a shirt, but embellishments offer an eye-catching, style-forward finish.

Jacquemus La Chemise Jean Tablecloth Print Shirt

La Chemise Jean Tablecloth Print Shirt

La Chemise Jean Tablecloth Print Shirt

$400

Jacquemus

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Jacquemus is a master of laid-back formality. Okay, it's not strictly formal, but it treads the casual-formal line with finesse. At its core, this is a high-quality white shirt, but the simple blue detailing gives it character and allows you to express a bit of life in the office.

Marsèll x Suicoke DEPA-Cab Leather Sandals

Suicoke DEPA-Cab Leather Sandals

Suicoke DEPA-Cab Leather Sandals

$713

Marsèll

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This is truly the collaboration we never knew we needed. The sophistication of Marsèll's leather shoes meets the utilitarian style of Suicoke's sandals in this mind-boggling final product. The DEPA-Cab Leather sandals are you're bold, summer reentry to the world of work.

Adieu Type 153 Derby Shoes

Type 153 Derby Shoes

Type 153 Derby Shoes

$635

Adieu

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For those who like to keep things a bit more classic, this pair of derby shoes from Adieu combines a chunky black sole unit with pale tan leather uppers. More formal, sure, but ready for post-work drinks, too.

adidas x Craig Green ZX 2K Phormar II Sneakers

ZX 2K Phormar II Sneakers

ZX 2K Phormar II Sneakers

$300

Craig Green

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Craig Green designs are informed by classic workwear and often feature futuristic structural aspects. This pair of collaboration ZX 2K Sneakers with adidas boasts a rope-supported structure to give the pair unique character. We love the pale green colorway because of its versatility and understatement.

Ahluwalia Studio Row Wavy Polo Shirt

Row Wavy Polo Shirt

Row Wavy Polo Shirt

$498

Ahluwalia Studio

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Polo shirts have long been a go-to replacement for a button-down shirt. As we tentatively ease back into normal life, the polo shirt comes as the ideal garment, then. This patterned number from Ahluwalia has a signature stylish edge, too.

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