When we get dressed for work, we want to get dress quickly without spending too much time thinking about putting outfits together. A great office wardrobe is when most things in your wardrobe can be easily put together to create outfits and you can mix some of your office wear 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 office wardrobe, there are a few must-have office wear 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 the list of must-haves for an office wardrobe. A blazer can bring 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 tee for a smart casual look if your workplace has a relaxed dress code. Pair your blazer with heels, boots or leather sneakers to 'dress for the day'.
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.
There are different blazers styles and you need to pick the ones that suit your body shape. If you are more top-heavy, I recommend a blazer with a smaller lapel or no lapel at all. If you tall, go for the long-line blazers.
You also need to pay attention to the colours of the blazers when shopping so that they can go 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 it is so versatile. Invest in well-made pants as it is something you will wear in high rotation.
When choosing the length and the leg style (slim, cigarette, wide-leg etc), choose something that suits your body shape. In terms of the length, 7/8 suits most so you can't go wrong with this length.
3. 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 dresses and skirts add more variety to your work 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 shape.
Read Winter Outfit Ideas for the Office to learn how you can wear dresses and skirts in winter.
4. Nude shoes
The only reason I picked nude colour is that they go everything! Nude shoes elongate your legs. We all have different skin complexions so pick the colour that is closest to your skin colour.
For me, accessories for your work wardrobe include jewellery and bags. Sometimes we don't pay enough attention to these accessories as we should. They are subtle items but they complete the look.