While we may all have “countdown to casual Friday” on our calendars, there is a certain command that comes with crisp professional attire.
Plus it can add a smart vibe to otherwise casual basics, and can even be added to edgy pieces for the “my office is cooler than yours” feel.
Here are 7 wardrobe staples every professional lady should have in her repertoire.
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Blazers come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and fabrics too.
Long line, cropped, fitted or a wide cut boyfriend blazer.
Whatever your preference, throw one over a graphic or band tee with dark wash jeans and loafers.
No jeans policy at work?
A pair of Matching capri pants, belted shorts, or an A-line skirt are some less conventional choices.
Or go the classic route with a pantsuit.
High, low, patent leather, leather, suede or synthetic, animal skin, printed or just good old block colour.
We can’t all afford Louboutins, but a good quality pair of shoes is key, as you’ll be working and walking all day in these.
Try a heel that isn’t too high, or a thicker style for added support.
A wedged option is a comfortable choice, and peep toes can give you some breathing room, or a way to show off your new pedicure.
Throw in a padded insole for extra comfort.
Choose a nude shade to elongate the appearance of your legs.
Just throw on a pair whenever you need to take an outfit up a notch, and you’re all set.
A classic, fitted, neutral coloured shirt is a must have.
Add to your collection for more outfit options.
A shirt dress, Bardot number, loose fitting shirt with rolled up sleeves, button up buttoned half way with a basic top in a contrasting colour underneath, a belted flowing shirt, an embroidered option, floral or printed, or the it pattern of the moment: stripes.
Tuck them into a high waisted bottom, or leave them flowing free.
The Pencil Skirt
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Flattering on all body types, and the perfect length for the office, pair with pumps and a shirt, or a T-shirt tucked in and some ballet flats.
It’s a versatile piece that every wardrobe needs.
Professional or otherwise, choose your colour or fabric now.
Bandage skirts are a great choice, they hold everything in and are forever complimentary.
The Tailored Pant
Another must have: belted, ankle grazers, palazzo pants, or fitted.
Block colours, printed or patterned.
Grab a pair or several, and pair with casual or dressy pieces at your disposal.
Comfortable and chic.
What better way to see all those memos and emails than with a pair of office nerd specs.
Get the intelligent yet trendy look in a modern shape, like these round glasses below.
The Wild Card
Everybody needs a showstopper.
Whether you have an important presentation or meeting coming up, or an important midday lunch date, sometimes you just need to go that extra mile with your office attire.
Go with a bold colour, frilled sleeve, ruffles, a confidence boost print like leopard, or a pair of look at me specs like these cat eyes below.
Just wear something that makes you feel special, and go get ’em.
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