Figuring out what to wear to work doesn’t have to be complicated at all. Most women find that coming up with a uniform of sorts can help, particularly if you stock your closet with basics that work incredibly well together. If you keep your basics neutral, you can dress them up with colors and prints elsewhere in your work wardrobe. Here are some pieces with which to start off your work wardrobe.
A Little Black Dress
Sure, you need a little black dress for those evenings out on the town, but you also need one for the office. It should be a little more conservative than your evening version, but when you pair it with a blazer, you can make even your evening version office-safe. Make sure that it’s tailored and that it’s a good length, above all else. The LBD is one of the most versatile pieces you can have, bar none.
A Tailored Blazer
A blazer works with any of your other pieces to bring them together and give them a suit vibe. Make sure that the blazer isn’t a boxy, shapeless version. You want it tailored so that it dips in at your waist, giving you a waist, even if you don’t think you have one. Black is incredibly versatile, but you can go with other neutrals as well, such as navy.
Are you sensing a theme here with the “tailoring”? Your office wear should be fitted and shouldn’t make you look frumpy. You want to look your best at the office, and tailored clothing does that for you. Go with flat front trousers without pleats or other flashy embellishments. As for the length, you want the pant legs to be long enough to pair well with the shoes you’re most likely to wear with them. If you need the pants altered, take the shoes with you to the fitting for the best results.
A Knee-length Skirt
A knee-length skirt becomes a suit when you pair it with your blazer, but it looks equally fantastic with a twin sweater set or a corporate-ready blouse. As far as the style, make sure that it balances your figure. If you’re not sure, try on as many versions as you can find. Often you can’t tell whether an A-line or a pencil skirt looks better until you see them on you.
With just a few basics, you can flesh out your entire work wardrobe.