When getting dressed for work, we want it to be quick without spending too much time thinking about putting outfits together. A great office wardrobe is one where most things in your wardrobe can be easily put together to create outfits easily and you can mix some of that with your weekend/casual wear or something that takes you from day to night.
When my female clients book me for Personal Shopping Trips to update their work wardrobe, there are a few must-have items I include in the shopping list if they don't have them already. So here are my 5 must-haves for your office wardrobe.
A timeless blazer takes a high priority in my wardrobe. A blazer can elevate any outfit to the next level. You can add a blazer during the week for a more professional look. Or you can wear it with your jeans and a t-shirt for a smart casual look if your workplace has a relaxed dress code. Pair your blazer with heels, ankle boots or white leather sneakers for 'dress for the day' at your office.
A blazer is one of my go-to things when I'm not sure what to wear and if you follow me on social media you know it's one of my signature looks (pre-lockdowns of course!)..
There are different blazers styles and you need to pick the ones that suit your body type. If you are more top-heavy, I recommend a blazer with a smaller lapel or no lapel at all and single breasted blazers. For those who are triangle shape where the widest part of your body is your hips with/and smaller upper body, opt for a double breasted blazer.
When choosing a colour for your blazer, go for one that goes with most things in your wardrobe.
2. Black pants
Black pants are no brainer! They are just one of those things that we have to have in a wardrobe because they are so versatile. Invest in well-made pants as it is something you will wear in high rotation.
Pay attention to the leg style (slim, cigarette, wide-leg etc) if you'd like to dress for your body-type. For an example, if you are inverted triangle shape, the best style is slim or wide leg pants (rather than skinny) to balance to bottom part of the body with your broad shoulders.
3. White Shirt
There is just something about a crisp white shirt that elevate an outfit. I love shirts that are slightly fitted to wear to work. They are as essential as a pair of black pants in your wardrobe, in my book.
4. Dresses and/or Skirts
While some women feel comfortable wearing both dresses and skirts, some prefer to wear one or the other. So whatever you feel comfortable with, go with it as they add more variety to your office wardrobe. The right dress or skirt is a great substitute for those occasions where you need to wear a suit if suits aren't something that you wear often. Wear them with a blazer to the meeting that you need to dress little more formerly,
Pay attention to the style of the cut and the print when choosing dresses and skirts that suit your body type.
Read Winter Outfit Ideas for the Office to learn how you can wear dresses and skirts in winter.
5. Nude shoes
The only reason I picked nude colour is that they go with everything and they elongate your legs. We all have different skin complexions so pick the colour that is closest to your skin colour.
Sometimes we don't pay enough attention to the accessories like bags and jewellery as we should be. They are subtle items but they complete the look.