With it being the beginning of a new work week I thought I’d share some of my favorite workwear essentials.
Most of us spend 5 days a week, for 8 hours a day in an office. That’s a lot of time!
Looking professional, being comfortable, while also expressing ourselves can sometimes be difficult. While every office is different, usually what is considered professional and appropriate for the work place is the same. Some work spaces are more casual than others and some are very, very professional. I am lucky enough to work in an office where I can wear a wide range of clothing. Some of my co-workers wear more casual attire while others wear suit pants and nice blouses on the daily. I like to switch up my style and lately have been more interested in a sleeker, professional look.
I compiled three of my go-to looks for the office as of late. They are timeless, easy to re-create, and can be worn in a variety of work places. In addition, I’ve added some of my personal flare to each outfit showing that a classic can also be updated to fit everyone’s unique style.
The first outfit combines some basic work essentials that most of us already own: blazer, white button down, mini-skirt, and tights.
I wore one of my favorite blazers. I love it because it was super affordable (came from Target), has a great tartan pattern which adds a unique touch than a plain black or grey blazer, and is very comfortable. The material is a mix of polyester, rayon, and wool so it is very stretchy and soft, unlike most traditional blazers.
The skirt I’m wearing I got thrifted just a few weeks ago for under $6! It is from The Limited, made of a wool blend (awesome for the winter season) and has the adorable stitching on the front of the skirt. That little detail of the skirt is what drew me to it initially. I absolutely love it! While I am not one to really wear mini skirts, I’m more of midi type of girl, this one works great with tights and I’m looking forward to styling it in several ways over the next month or two.
The other pieces of this outfit include black tights, black booties, and a white button down shirt.
The second outfit has a bit of a French feel to me. It is so effortless and chic which is always a plus! I’m literally wearing a black dress, trench coat, and black flats— how much. more basic can it get? But something about this look is so put together.
Every woman needs a trench coat. It is just one of those pieces that will never ever EVER go out of style. Also it is great for every season, especially if you find on the is more light weight. I got this one from Banana Republic years ago and it still is in great shape. I actually have been in the search of a new one, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Trench coats can be a little costly, but the upside is that if you do some digging around local thrift stores you can usually find a good one. Since they have been around forever there is usually a whole section dedicated to trench coats in almost every thrift store. After finding one that fits and works with your style a quick trip to the dry cleaners is all you need to have a great new jacket for a considerable price cut.
The dress I’m wearing is really what I want to focus on though. I found it at H&M in the discount section and it was one of the best purchases I have ever made to H&M. This dress is my go to when it comes to a little black dress! First off it is so unique. The dress is sleeveless with lace detailing in the front, back, and at the hemline. The main portion of the dress is made up layers of chiffon. I have been all about ruffles lately and this dresses long ruffle layers make it so feminine and vintage. It’s a great dress by itself or added with other accessories like a scarf, trench coat, blazer, etc.
The third outfit if about as classic business as it gets. Slacks, a pinstripe button down, and kitten heels. However, what makes this outfit a little bit different is the leopard print cuffs!
My pants are black pencil pants from Who What Wear, however a more traditional boot cut slack or high waisted flare could work well. I love these little pencil pants because they work great for the office or the weekend. Also, I really like to show off my shoes and the pencil cut tends to highlight that.
My shirt is from Express, but I got it thrifted! I’m all about thrifting, if you can’t tell. It is a basic blue and white pinstripe shirt but if you decide to be a little bit more stylish all you have to do if flip up the cuffs and boom— leopard print! I love it so much because it just adds that little something-something to an otherwise classic and dare I say boring outfit.
Kitten heels complete any business look because they are comfortable, appropriate, and go with everything.
So there you have it! Here are three business appropriate and stylish looks that you can recreate at home, or just take a trip down to your local thrift store.
Cheers & stay chic!