What to Wear to Work
What to Wear to Work
The essential items every work wardrobe needs
The first item on the must-have list is the fitted blazer. This piece is an essential part of the office wardrobe. Find a jacket in a neutral color (black, gray, or navy are best), with a flattering cut and the seams in all the right places. Since fit is everything in a suit jacket, it is imperative to have it altered with a trusted tailor after buying, to make sure it fits like a glove. The jacket is a versatile piece that not only adds polish, but can also be worn casually after hours, with a pair of your favorite jeans.
A Pair of Slacks
A quintessential wardrobe piece, a pair of well-fitted black pants can take you through your workday safely and comfortably, while having enough versatility to be worn out for a night on the town, or even while out and about on a weekday afternoon. Ideally, the pants would have a bit of stretch to them, ensuring that they will remain comfortable through those late nights at the office.
The Pencil Skirt
The pencil skirt is a flattering option for ladies who want to wear something a bit more fun and feminine than the traditional pair of black slacks. Available in a variety of styles, your best bet for the office is one that falls to the knee, is fairly fitted, and comes with a bit of stretch to it. The pencil skirt is a super versatile—and stylish—piece that can be worn with a button-down and blazer or your favorite turtleneck.
A Button-Down Blouse
The button-down is no longer just a staple for the boys. A well-fitted blouse can be the item that adds a sense of refinement to even the most drab of ensembles. The trick in the top is to ensure that it fits, without having the buttons gap in the chest or stomach areas. If you tend to be on the bustier side, go up a size and have the shirt taken in. There’s no excuse for gaping buttons in the workplace.
Sensible and Stylish Shoes
It goes without saying that a great pair of shoes can make the outfit. In this case, it is important to remember that said shoes will be worn over the course of an entire workday, and as such, should be both comfortable and versatile. The ideal would be a pair of flats, though a pair of 2-3 inch heels can certainly add height and confidence.
One can also show individuality and style in the form of a well-placed accessory. A bracelet or pendant necklace can add a little bit of sparkle and shine to an outfit without being distracting. Another essential, the scarf, can be work around the neck, to add warmth and a splash of color.
How do you show your style in the workplace?