The 11 Best Investments for a Woman’s Work Wardrobe
December 21st, 2017
Whether you’re fresh out of university, returning to work after caring for children, or you’ve swapped an outdoor job for a desktop, you may be looking for a fresh work wardrobe. Denim just won’t do in the office!
Style and image have played a crucial role in the career strategies and trajectories of many high-powered executives. It’s called “dress for success” and it’s a proven theory. Studies show that clothing affects performance. The more formal the outfit, the higher your abstract thinking and subsequently, the more confident you’ll feel.
When it comes to your office wardrobe think quality, not quantity. Stick to lightweight, breathable fabrics that won’t easily wrinkle and can be worn in multiple climates – especially if your job has travel on the cards. Black, white, navy and taupe are all professional colours which aren’t overly seasonal, and can be easily accessorised to showcase your unique personality in all its glory!
Use your shoes to make it known that you’re always putting your best foot forward. More than just a mere accessory, your shoes work to complete your entire ensemble, helping you achieve the professional image you want to present. Do not underestimate the importance of shoes that offer quality and comfort – your feet will carry you through your day (and the rest of your life) and deserve to be looked after.
All in all, your office ensemble should make you walk a little taller and with a little more confidence. If you don’t feel right in something, don’t wear it. Complete comfort will translate to complete confidence in the boardroom.
An investment you’ll love forever, a blazer should be one of the first purchases you make. A quality blazer is slimming and fitted in the right places, yet flexible enough to ensure you can move about easily.
The beauty of a blazer is that it can be used to dress up your ensemble or dress it down, making it a hugely versatile piece. You can even take your blazer outside of the office on the weekend – think brunches, winter parties or nights out.
Every woman needs more than one little black dress. A well-cut black dress is a must-buy for the office. It should have enough room for you to sit comfortably all day and be thick enough to be flattering and appropriate.
Black dresses offer sophistication and elegance in one easy zip. On the days you’re running late or you’re head’s stuck in an upcoming meeting, you’ll be thankful for the sheer ease that comes with such a simple staple. The solid colour eliminates outfit repeating as an issue. You can constantly re-wear the piece with different accessories and no one will bat an eyelid.
Like the black dress, black pants will be your saviour on days when you’re running late. Nondescript, you can wear just about anything with black pants and you’ll likely spend most of your days in them. Just be sure to purchase a quality pair that’ll last you for years to come.
There’s nothing more sophisticated for the office than a good quality blouse. An essential wardrobe piece, a blouse can be worn with pants or a skirt and will sit beautifully under your favourite blazer. Blouses are your chance to show your personality, so invest in a blouses that tells your story.
A casual summer dress brings a beautiful twist to your otherwise smart office wardrobe. A summer dress reminds people that you’re an actual human, bridging the gap between your real life and your working life. Worn on a hot Friday, you can pair your summer dress with a cute jacket and make your way straight from work to happy hour.
Thanks to air-conditioning, the office can get quite chilly. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a “desk sweater”, a smart wool cardigan that can be pulled on and off when needed. Choose a cardigan in a neutral colour so that it’s ready to be styled with just about anything.
You might be thinking a t-shirt is too casual for the office, but that’s where you could be wrong! A crisp white or neutral tee are a valuable addition to your wardrobe. Worn with a long pleated skirt, a pencil skirt or your black pants, a t-shirt can be dressed up or down to match any day’s attire. A quality smart t-shirt puts the casual in your outfit without overdoing it.
Low heels can be a strange thing to get used to when you first start wearing them, but when you’re on your feet all day you’ll be thankful you invested in them. Neutral colours are a smart idea, as they’ll allow you to wear the shoes over and over with all kinds of outfits.
Once again, invest in quality. There is no doubt that you’ll notice the difference if you buy cheap shoes… a lesson that is best to be learnt the easy way. Your feet are hard workers too – treat them nicely!
A spacious, high quality handbag that will hold all your necessities neatly is a crucial part of your office ensemble. Being organised says a lot about you, so make the job easier and invest in a bag with lots of pockets. Look for a bag that’s simple, smart and sophisticated in its design.
Flats are the unsung hero of a woman’s working wardrobe. Flats help you rush from meeting to meeting or to the train when your coffee took longer than expected to make. Quality flats don’t have to look casual, and for most offices flats are perfectly acceptable.
There are certain jewellery staples that will jazz up your ensemble in an instant. Crystal or pearl studs will add unrivalled sophistication, while a pendant necklace offers a sparkle and a touch of glam. Eye-catching statement earrings are the best way to introduce your personality when wearing your favourite black items.
With the right outfit, you’ll feel ready to take the boardroom by storm.
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