Back to school, back to work. After the Labor Day celebrations and just in time for a new season, it’s time to put your work wardrobe to work. Today’s dress codes at the office are as varied as the jobs we have, but power dressing still has power wherever you work. Here are some new ways to express your own professional personal style this fall:

–Power up with soft suits. Suits are still a powerful way to get a positive message across. For both men and women, the latest modern incarnations of this classic workhorse, is loosening up little by little. Skinny suits that have been popular for the last few years are finally easing into more relaxed silhouettes with fuller, boxier jackets. The double-breasted jacket scores for men; a longer, oversized menswear tweed for women.

–Power up with romantic blouses. Another time-honored favorite, the white blouse is not so basic anymore. Romantic details like poet sleeves, ruffles, pearl buttons and pleats are giving these new blouses a feminine flair that is versatile enough to wear with a suit or on their own with a pencil skirt or even jeans for more casual days.

–Power up with flared cropped trousers. Leggings may be here to stay in many of our wardrobes, but when it comes to pants at the office, the more polished trouser is preferable to the skin-tight variations of basic gym wear. Try a new pair of pants with a paper-bag waist. And if you really want to have fun with fashion, then wearing shorter, cropped ankle pants is the way to go this fall.

–Power up with chunky sweaters. When you don’t necessarily want to wear a suit, but you still want to look pulled together, consider sweaters that are unique enough to stand alone…whether it’s a ribbed turtleneck, an oversized cashmere cardigan or a long knee-length vest. Knits are a great way to soften up your work wardrobe and yet provide lightweight coverage for fall days that are still on the muggy side.

–Power up with bold prints. One of the best ways to put some instant style into your work wardrobe is to do it with colorful floral or leopard prints. Pick a billowy maxi dress, a silky blouse or a flowing kimono in darker hues for fall for a relaxed, easy look that is still chic enough to wear to the office. Stick to animal prints with accessories.

–Power up with leather. Not really considered a traditional basic for workwear wardrobes, leather is and its “tough” image is showing up for work in buttery soft motorcycle jackets, tailored blazers and long vests. A well-cut leather jacket will make an edgy fashion statement paired with sheath dresses, pencil skirts or flared trousers.

–Power up with red. It’s official. Red is the new power color for fall for men and women. And the good news is that there are plenty of shades to go around. If you don’t like pink, think purple and everything in between. Wearing red from head to toe is of course the best way to impress co-workers, (the red suits are getting high fashion marks this fall), but a velvety crimson jacket or a pair of red suede boots will also get rave reviews. And if red is too rad for your office, tone it down with sophisticated gray or camel … the neutrals that go with everything this fall.

The menswear plaid jacket worn over a cashmere knit midi-dress is one of fall’s best work looks. www.ralphlauren.com