Work Wardrobe Essentials

For those of us who work and in particular, in an office setting, will know just how troublesome it may be to decide what to wear every morning. For those of you who wear uniforms regardless of if you think it is tasteless, consider yourself lucky. You are speared the waste of ten minutes or more each day of standing in front of a closet, staring at clothes, hoping that the right items could just volunteer themselves. With the price of clothes and everything else these days, it may be difficult to maintain a large work wardrobe. By adding a few basic items however, it can make the task a little lighter because you’ll be able to mix and match and be creative with your outfits.

These are ten basic items to put on your checklist for work wear. These can be altered based on your own personal style and or figure so the you can get the best out of these items.

10 Essentials for your work wardrobe

1. Pencil Skirt- Choose a skirt that falls on or slightly below the knee for a more classic look. Black is more all purpose but then so is grey. If a pencil skirt is not suited for your body type then choose something more appropriate but stick to knee length and the colors suggested.

2. Black Pants – It can be pleated or flat front, wide legged or pencil cut, it depends on your preference.

3. Well Made Dress – The color and style on this piece is flexible. The length should be around your knee.

4. White shirt of blouse- It does not have to be the traditional long sleeve shirt. Make your choice based on your personal style and or figure.

5. Blazer- Pick one that is versatile and can be paired with a range of colors.

6. Fun Cardigan- Have fun with this item in terms of color or pattern. Depending on where you work choose a basic color or go for a pattern.

7. Playful Skirt- Again have fun with this item in terms of color and patterns.

8. Basic Tees- These are great for layering or for dressing down on Fridays. Can be worn inside of jackets, cardigans and blazers.

9. Black Shoes- These should be selected based on comfort first and then style since they will most likely be worn for long hours. Close toed with a lower heel are always best suited for work.

10. Black Hand Bag- Black is perhaps the most versatile color so you can never go wrong with a black bag. Select something large enough to hold all your apparatus like wallet, makeup, lunch etc.

One item not mentioned above that is  essential to invest in is a well tailored suit. Not everyone likes suits (myself included) but it is great to have one at hand for that last minute interview. It will save you having to run out to buy one.

Tip: Invest also in some accessories like scarves and necklaces and a pair of pearl stopper earrings. These will come in handy to spruce up and change up the looks of your outfits.

Some stores that carry great pieces at affordable prices to add to your work wardrobe are Bang Bang and  Sweet 16. 

What are some of your work wardrobe essentials?