What pieces can I buy to upgrade my office uniform?

Jessica Baker

Work can be grueling, but achieving a refreshed office wardrobe shouldn’t be. With the right pieces on hand, it’s easy to take your nine-to-five mix from understated to statement-making. To help you assemble a look that’s both fashion-conscious and professional, we’ve broken down all the essentials.

Must-Have #1: A Collection of Neutrals
We always recommend investing in a base of neutral, wear-with-anything colors in black, gray, white, and camel. Focus on flattering fits, like a shrunken blazer or knee-length pencil skirt, that can easily be mixed and matched.

Must-Have #2: Pretty Prints
We love the look of a printed silk trouser or harem pant. To make these pieces feel more office-appropriate, pair them with a sharp black blazer or crisp white blouse. Another stylish option is to wear your fail-safe black pants or skirts and throw on a patterned top or colored blazer to create a visually intriguing outcome.

Must-Have #3: Bright Accessories
​If either you or your office demands a more simple color palette, rotate in a bold shoe, bag, or lip color instead. A bright pump against a black and white ensemble is a cool nod to the color-block trend, while a hot-hued handbag or nail color screams power and creativity just when you need it.

Image of Gwyneth Paltrow, courtesy of Splash News

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