Creating a fresh look for work isn’t an easy task, especially if you see the same people at the office every day. If you don’t have the right pieces in your wardrobe, then coming up with unique outfits can quickly become a chore, but by swapping out bold statement pieces and high-fashion items for a timeless capsule wardrobe, you’ll ensure that you always have a killer combination ready whenever you need one.
The key to hassle-free mornings is to stock up on wardrobe essentials that are versatile enough to be paired with a range of other garments, so you can easily mix and match without stressing about whether or not they work together.
Think classic shapes, neutral shades and monochrome, and you’ll be on the right track – and these seven wardrobe essentials will get you started.
A trusty pair of tights
If there’s one garment every working woman should have in her closet, it’s a quality pair of hosiery. Tights are more than just an undergarment to help keep you warm, and can add an elegant touch to any winter outfit. From edgy black opaque hosiery to transparent, skin-coloured varieties, the perfect pair of tights can instantly pull together a look, and if necessary, add a bit of colour to pale legs. An easy way to instantly modernise your corporate look, if you don’t have any quality stockings yet then take this as a sign to shop hosiery now.
A designer blazer
A basic blazer in black, navy or a neutral tone is an essential element of every woman’s wardrobe, exuding style and professionalism and instantly dressing up even the most relaxed of office looks. Look for a fitted variety that nips you in at the waist, with ruched ¾ sleeves for a modern take on this classic and timeless staple – or rock the recent oversize trend by teaming with a bodycon dress or pencil skirt to nail the look for contrasting silhouettes.
A smart coat
Looking smart in the boardroom and the office is important, but making the right impression is even more so, so don’t forget to consider your outerwear, too. On colder days, it’s what you’ll be wearing when you arrive and leave, but a tatty old coat you just can’t bear to get rid of is the fastest way to ruin your carefully crafted image. Even the most incredible of outfits underneath won’t make up for it, so invest in a new-season designer coat in a timeless style that will have you feeling like a million dollars all the way. Opt for something lightweight in a dark or neutral shade so that you can effortlessly combine it with a range of different looks – you can’t go wrong with a classic trench.
A figure-flattering dress
A killer dress is the ultimate figure-flatterer and will ensure a smooth silhouette – plus, it removes the need to put together an entire outfit. Let’s face it; time is limited enough in the mornings as it is, and deciding whether to wear a skirt or jeans, then which blouse, shirt or top to pair it with, is an extra task we could all do without.
The perfect office dress should offer plenty of coverage, but don’t be afraid to try fitted, pencil style pieces that nip you in and accentuate all the right features. The idea is to find something that looks the part, but is comfortable, too – avoid showing too much skin and ensure that you can sit comfortably in it before you buy.
A pair of tailored trousers
Whether you’re going for a formal or a smart casual look, a quality pair of tailored trousers will always do the trick. Tailored pieces add instant elegance to any outfit and, in versatile colours, will look great with just about anything. For important meetings, team with a tucked in blouse, a smart blazer and a pair of killer heels to command the utmost respect from the word go. Meanwhile, for a relaxed day at the office, simply add a cosy winter jumper and a trusty pair of pumps for easy, effortless style.
A pair of comfortable heels
As much as we love a pair of killer heels, increasingly busy schedules that see us rushing around all day mean that we’re even bigger fans of a comfortable pair. You can’t beat those Louboutins when you really need to impress, but for the day-to-day, opt for a pair of designer stacked-heels or wedges for a more wearable way to add height. Once you find the perfect pair, don’t hesitate to buy it in black, navy and taupe to ensure that you have all eventualities, and outfits, covered.
A versatile white shirt
A basic white shirt is a valuable addition to any businesswoman’s capsule wardrobe. Chic, sophisticated and stylish, they exude professionalism and look just as good tucked into a pair of skinny jeans as they do the perfect pencil skirt. If you’re heading out for post-work drinks, then the former is the perfect outfit to take you from day to night – just add statement jewellery and your favourite designer clutch bag, and you’re good to go. Timeless, classy and about as versatile as it gets, if you don’t own one yet then it’s about time you did.