Essentials of a chic work wardrobe

8th January, 2020

I’ve always found the start of a new year to be the perfect time to re-visit a work wardrobe. Given most of us are trying to get ourselves ready for a brand new working year, it’s a great opportunity to ensure that our office looks are sleek and professional and that we’re armed with the necessary pieces to avoid morning wardrobe meltdowns. So, what are the key pieces we should have at our disposal? There are five, and I guarantee that with their help, you’ll always feel ready to kick major career goals.

A blazer

I couldn’t live without a blazer in my wardrobe. It’s a shortcut to looking put together without having to do much at all. I can usually pop on a blazer over everything from a dress to a skirt and even jeans and my look is instantly elevated.

If you’re going to invest in a blazer, black is always a failsafe. However navy is also a good wearable option, and a great patterned jacket is something that you can wear with more pared back pieces to lift them and give them some extra personality.

A white shirt

A crisp white shirt is a forever staple because you can pair it with pretty much anything and look chic. You’ll find that you can rock a white shirt with myriad pieces in your wardrobe and you’ll look sophisticated without having to do much at all.

There are several iterations of a white shirt, everything from the classic button down to slightly more on trend variations with statement sleeves, so there’s bound to be one to suit your wardrobe and personality.

A smart work bag

Given that you use it on almost a daily basis a quality work bag is a must. Opt for one of that’s well made and built to withstand the constant wear and tear it will receive. Also to ensure that you get maximum wearability from it, choose a design and colour that’s quite pared back as you can pair it with multiple looks.

A versatile heel or flat

It’s fun to incorporate a fun coloured heel or embellished flat into your look once in awhile but for most days, you’ll want a heel in a classic, neutral colour such as black so you can wear it with most of your work wardrobe. Also given how often you’ll be wearing these shoes, definitely make a point of looking after them so this means having them re-soled and also spray them with leather or fabric protector. These simple precautions will ensure that they go the distance.

A polished dress

I can vouch for the incredible versatility of a simple dress in a classic design. This means a sleek silhouette and minimal embellishments. Doing so will ensure that your dress can be reworked in numerous ways and can be dressed up or down according to the accessories you’re wearing each day.

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