Workwear Essentials for Women and How to Combine Them
In today's dynamic professional landscape, women are not just making their mark; they're setting new standards of style and confidence. Dressing for success goes beyond merely adhering to a dress code; it's about feeling empowered and showcasing your unique personality. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your career journey, having a well-curated collection of workwear essentials is crucial. Let's explore these must-haves and discover how to effortlessly combine them for a polished and impactful look.
Blazers can smarten up even the simplest of looks. Find a style that fits well on your body type and ensure that the seams of the shoulder of your blazer should end on your natural shoulders and that the length of the hemline and sleeves are not too long or short. The length of a traditional blazer is around your hipbone. Longer and shorter blazer lengths can also be stylish options and depend on your preferences and body type. Ideally, the sleeves of your blazers should end at your wrist bone for a professional look.
There are different types of blazers according to their cut (open front, tuxedo, single-breasted, double-breasted, zip front etc.), fabric (stretch cotton, sweater, linen etc.), and style (straight, fitted, belted, peplum, oversized, etc.).
WEAR-ANYWHERE BLACK PANTS
A pair of straight-leg, tailored black trousers is the most versatile item in your wardrobe. It should hit right above the ankle to allow a perfect amount of legroom to show off any shoe.
WHITE BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT
A timeless classic, a white button-down shirt is a versatile addition to your wardrobe. Pair it with tailored trousers or tuck it into a pencil skirt for a clean and sophisticated look.
SILK / SATIN BLOUSE
A silk blouse adds a touch of luxury to your workwear collection. Pair it with skirts or trousers for a polished appearance. Pastel shades and soft prints work well for a feminine touch.
9 TO 5 DRESS
A black dress is a workwear wardrobe staple for any season, and certain dress styles can take you from day to night. You can maximize the wearing potential of each dress by simply adding different layers on top. That way, it keeps you comfortable and warm throughout the day.
The most versatile dress types are sheath and wrap dresses. A sheath dress is a timeless piece that exudes elegance and simplicity. Opt for a solid color or subtle patterns. Add a belt to define your waist and pair it with pumps or flats. The wrap dress is also universally flattering and incredibly comfortable. It's a quick and stylish choice for busy mornings. Accessorize with statement jewelry and a structured handbag.
A reliable midi skirt is an answer to all your office attire needs. You can pair it with a cozy cashmere knit, a black crew neck, and a chic riding boot on the bottom.
The pencil skirt accentuates your curves while maintaining a professional appearance. Choose a neutral color or subtle patterns, such as pinstripes, and team it with blouses or sweaters.
BLACK LEATHER JACKET
Classic-style leather jackets are not only stylish but are also appropriate for a smart casual office setting. A black leather jacket is also a statement piece that smooths the edges of an outfit. You can combine it with a shirt or turtleneck sweater and pair it with regular-fit formal trousers or midi skirts.
Wool/cashmere/twill coats are ideal layering pieces over office attire in cold weather. They bring the whole outfit together without standing out too much. Trench coats are also versatile, and they both create elegant and timeless silhouettes.
A cardigan is so subtle that it will seamlessly integrate into most work outfits. Wear a simple and sweet cardigan over a tucked-in shirt, styled with dark colour slacks, for a brief yet timeless office look. You can also style a cardigan with a sophisticated neutral-tone midi skirt and a silk blouse for an ultra-fabulous office look. Alternatively, wear it over a simple knit dress to keep the arms and shoulders covered for an effortless yet comfortable office look. Pair with similarly coloured shoes or accessories to create a harmonious outfit.
To balance an outfit’s upper and lower parts, if you are wearing tighter jeans, opt for a long, looser cardigan over a tucked-in silk blouse; if you are wearing looser-fitting slacks and flats, maybe pair them with a tighter, cropped cardigan that can balance the weight of the outfit.
Turtlenecks are one of the best choices for just about any office outfit. The sleek and sophisticated look of turtlenecks pairs perfectly with blazers and cardigans. You can wear them over slacks, jeans or midi skirts for a more laid-back office look.
OFFICE APPROPRIATE JEANS
Basic denim, black or dark wash jeans are the most appropriate choices for the office. Avoid distressed styles or super skinny silhouettes. Straight or wide-leg, mid-rise denim is a versatile option. Sticking to neutral tones throughout your look will also give the jeans added sophistication.
Pumps : Black or nude pumps with a heel height of less than two inches are a staple of business-formal and business-casual offices. Check out the "How to Style Heels" page to see our picks for you!
Boots : Everything from booties to under-the-knee boots can be appropriate for the office, making them perfect work shoes for the colder months. Check out the "How to Style Boots" page to see our picks for you!
Ballet flats : Another wardrobe essential for corporate or formal office environments is a pair of black or brown ballet flats.
Loafers : Loafers are the footwear of choice among the street-style set, you can combine loafers with slacks or jeans and a blazer. Check out the "How to Style Flats" page to see our picks for you!
Office-Approved Sneakers : White sneakers will forever be a closet hero and you can pair them with almost everything like a pencil skirt, a flowy shift dress, or a suit set. Check out the "How to Style Sneakers" page to see our picks for you!
The best work bags are functional, durable, roomy and stylish at the same time. Tote bags and satchel bags are smart choices. Neutrals like black, brown, or tan work with most outfits. Check out the "Types of Handbags" page to see our picks for you!
Go for lightweight and elegant jewellery in the office. Small studs of earrings work well in casual and formal workplaces and add a subtle touch to your traditional office outfit. To have your jewelry seem harmonious with your professional attire, you can choose jewelry in the same colour tones as your clothes. Check out our "How to wear Jewelry Guide" to complement your look.
CREATING EFFORTLESS COMBOS
Now that you have your workwear essentials, let's explore how to combine them effortlessly:
Blazer and Trousers: Pair your blazer with matching trousers for a traditional power suit. Add a silk blouse or a simple top underneath for a sleek finish.
Pencil Skirt and Blouse: Tuck your blouse into a pencil skirt and accessorize with a statement belt. Finish with pumps for a polished look.
Sheath Dress and Blazer: Layer your blazer over a sheath dress for a modern twist on traditional office attire. This ensemble exudes confidence and style.
Wrap Dress and Accessories: Enhance a wrap dress with a statement necklace and a structured handbag. Finish with heels or flats, depending on your preference.
Silk Blouse and Trousers: Tuck a silk blouse into tailored trousers for a timeless and comfortable outfit. Add pumps or loafers for a finishing touch.
Turtleneck Sweater and Skirt: Combine a turtleneck sweater with a pencil skirt and ankle boots for a chic cold-weather ensemble.
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