Starting a new job or wanting to update your office wardrobe can be tricky, especially if you need help figuring out what to wear and how to be comfortable for eight hours out of the day. Gone are the days of the strict '80s power suits during the maximalist Working Girl era. Nowadays, dress codes have become more relaxed and casual in various workplaces, allowing women to express themselves more freely and comfortably.
Along with makeup, modern and minimalist options are functional even in formal work settings requiring a suit or professional blazer. Here are carefully curated ten essential pieces that effortlessly blend modern, trendy style with traditional sophistication so you can feel confident and comfortable in your work attire. Let us guide you through this exciting journey of revamping your work wardrobe to conquer any workday with our ultimate workwear guide.
Both fitted and tailored clothing are meticulously crafted to embrace the contours of your body. However, some differences set them apart even though they're often used interchangeably. Tailoring is an essential part of your workwear, specifically your blazer, a dedicated and reliable companion that brings out your confidence and authority in any work environment. You can wear a more tailored, like Zara's Tailored blazer or H&M's Fitted blazer. You can also be more oversized if the dress code is casual, like Aritzia's Babaton Strategy blazer.
Incorporating a classic long-sleeved shirt into your wardrobe is crucial as it is an essential piece. The simple, plain white button-down shirt is truly a wardrobe staple like AYR's The Deep End 100% Oxford cotton that has a much looser fit compared to J.Crew's Garçon cotton poplin shirt that is more menswear inspired with a hint of femininity to it with the pearl-like buttons.
At some point during the year, you'll likely find yourself in need of some cozy knitwear. It's imperative to choose something that not only suits your body shape but also makes you feel comfortable. If you prefer a crew neck style, then go ahead and opt for a crew neck sweater like Everlane's Classic crew sweater for a slim fit, formal look. On the other hand, if you embrace a longer length, then go ahead and choose something that falls below the waist and is a tad more oversized for a dress-down style, like Lauren Manoogian's beige oversized sweater.
A high-quality pair of pants is truly essential for a well-rounded workwear wardrobe. It serves as a foundation, allowing you to create numerous stylish outfits. The best styles to consider are those with a wide-leg silhouette, offering comfort and elegance, like Aritzia's Effortless pants.
A midi skirt is a piece that perfectly balances an array of office uniforms. The best ones are those reliable staples that effortlessly complement cozy knitwear like Mango's Midi Satin skirt. You can also have knee-high boots during the day, which will go well with Aritzia's Babaton Arrival skirt.
Finding a look that lasts throughout the day, especially regarding your footwear, can be a real challenge. Loafers are an essential item for any professional wardrobe. They are practical and can add a touch of style to your outfit, like Tory Burch's Classic loafer or Franco Sarto's Carolynn loafer. It can be distracting when your feet hurt, and performing best in that situation is nearly impossible. So, consider prioritizing your comfort and choose work flats to help you feel your best and perform at your highest level.
A truly premium coat can make all the difference for those chilly commutes. And this season, there are a plethora of double-breasted and oversized coats that will keep you warm and stylish. Polo Ralph Lauren's Wool-Blend wrap coat will surely be the perfect layering piece for colder days. You can also go for Bardot's Oversized Double-Breasted Lassic coat for a truly oversized and trendy look.
With its lightweight yet sturdy design, the trench coat continues to be essential for those needing versatile outerwear during transitional weather in Fall and Spring. Trench coats have become a beloved wardrobe staple. Their timeless design, clean lines, and minimal embellishments make them versatile for formal and informal dress codes like Massimo Dutti's Trench coat or Cos's Double-Breasted Trench as long and loose-fitting.
Be sure to find the perfect tote bag with sturdy handles that would work great as an all-encompassing work bag. Marc Jacobs's small leather tote in this neutral camel color is the go-to tote ready for any work-related accessories for everyday use. You could go for Tory Burch's Robinson Pebbled tote for something more discreet and professional.
It’s best to invest in timeless, minimalist jewelry, especially for work that is high in quality but isn’t distracting and non-clanky, like Mejuri’s Spheres bracelet or the Diamond Half tennis bracelet.