While my everyday work environment no longer comprises of a professional office setting, it’s still important for me to mix in dressier and tailored pieces into my wardrobe. I usually pair these sharper silhouettes with casual and trendy items to achieve that polished but still approachable style. I’ve always felt that the clothes you wear impacts how you feel, so my style has always been slightly dressier. It sets the mood for the rest of my day and is always a great confidence booster. And if I happen to have a last minute meeting or video call, I know I’ll be prepared. If you’re looking to build up a versatile and polished wardrobe that works year round, I’m sharing the key workwear pieces everyone needs today.
Basic black trousers are a must-have especially during the fall and winter season when the weather gets frigid. A slimming option is perfect if you want something that works in and out of the office, but don’t shy away from plaid prints and bold colors to change it up. The wide leg trouser is becoming a new favorite for me.
I’m constantly emphasizing how important it is to have multi-tasking pieces that work for every occasion. And for me, blazers are one of the few things that fall into this category. Whenever I need something to instantly pull my outfit together – or I need a piece that will take me from lunch meeting to night out – I know a great fitting blazer will do the trick.
3. Pencil Skirts
Pencil skirts make a great structured base because of its versatility. Plus, it’s the best alternative when you’re not in the mood for pants. You can easily team it up with blazers or any button down top. A wrap over style or plaid print modernizes this traditional piece.
4. White Button-Down
There’s nothing as crisp and clean as a white button-down top. It’s the perfect companion for suits if you’re in a conservative profession, but it also looks great with pencil skirts and trousers for any day of the week. This is another versatile staple as it can be worn unbuttoned with the sleeves pushed up for an effortless, off-duty ensemble.
5. Silk Blouse
For a strong workwear collection, a silk blouse is essential because it can be mixed and matched with the rest of your wardrobe to look as dressy or casual as necessary. A silk blouse looks great under a blazer or cardigan and can be taken into the weekend with a pair of jeans.
You can never go wrong with a well-cut dress on days where elegance and sophistication are key. For office settings or business meetings, I prefer conservative styles such as a shift dress, an a-line silhouette, or a shirtdress. Whenever I’m running late or need pull myself together in a pinch, the right dress takes care of everything in one zip.
7. Classic Pumps
A comfortable, classic pump is the one shoe style that will help you achieve a sleek, professional look. And it’s worth investing in because you can wear it in countless ways and for any occasion. I know I wear my pumps year round. For versatility, I find that black or nude pumps work best, but if you’re looking for a pair to elongate your legs, definitely go with nude.
8. Structured Bag
There’s no denying how much I enjoy mini and cross body wallet bags. However, these bags are more ideal for casual or weekend wear and aren’t the most practical when it comes to work. For a work bag, I need something with more structure and enough room to hold an iPad – or a laptop. I shared my favorite designer handbags for work in this post, so if you’re looking for a guide to perfect work bags, be sure to check it out.
9. Leather Belt
Belts are probably one of the most underrated accessories out there. However, I find that belts are especially important in the case of workwear. Whether you’re donning a suit or a sheath dress, the right leather belt can put the finishing touch on your look. I like to have a variety of wide and thin belts that can be worn with trousers or buckled over a pencil skirt to accentuate my shape.