What pieces can I buy to upgrade my office uniform?

What pieces can I buy to upgrade my office uniform?

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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Pinstripe Blazer

Pinstripe Blazer

Zara, $90
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Subtle Stripe Straight Leg Pants

Subtle Stripe Straight Leg Pants

Dolce & Gabbana, $675
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Anson Two-Tone Stretch-Twill Pants

Anson Two-Tone Stretch-Twill Pants

Tibi, $295
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Miranda Stand Collar Blazer

Miranda Stand Collar Blazer

Mango, $71
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Linen Pencil Skirt

Linen Pencil Skirt

ASOS, $37
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Contrasting Print Trousers

Contrasting Print Trousers

Zara, $80
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Bryant Pants

Bryant Pants

A.L.C., $366
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Printed Cotton-Jersey and Cotton-Canvas T-Shirt

Printed Cotton-Jersey and Cotton-Canvas T-Shirt

Marni, $400
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High Heel Vamp Shoe with Ankle Strap

High Heel Vamp Shoe with Ankle Strap

Zara, $50
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PS1 Large Leather Tote

PS1 Large Leather Tote

Proenza Schouler, $2150
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Rouge Volupte Shine

Rouge Volupte Shine

Yves Saint Laurent, $34
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Suede BB Heels

Suede BB Heels

Manolo Blahnik, $595
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Small Duo Satchel

Small Duo Satchel

Golden Lane, $74
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Nail Varnish

Nail Varnish

Illamasqua, $14
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