I Overhauled My Friend's Work Wardrobe With These 30 Affordable H&M Pieces



One of my friends recently asked me for a shopping cart of easy, appropriate work clothes that don't feel stuffy but still look polished and professional. As an added challenge, I wanted to find pieces that aren't unattainably priced, as the weight of workwear has inevitably decreased following the pandemic. 

With hybrid work schedules and mismatched work-from-home loungewear looks, updating your casual work wardrobe can be surprisingly challenging. Whether you only go into the office twice a week or you wear sweatpants with your button-down to work around the house, a few new staples can refresh your post-pandemic closet. 

The 30 selections below are effortless, classic, and budget friendly. Per the modern professional, they're not too serious either.

You can't go wrong with an oversized button-down for layering or wearing alone.

A relaxed blazer is the ideal throw-on over a simple T-shirt and jeans.

My blue button-down is a go-to, even worn with knit lounge pants at home. 

Black trousers are always a good idea.

This black button-down is on my wish list for a chic The Row aesthetic. 

Chocolate brown adds richness to this double-breasted blazer. 

Stripes are the ideal ease-in style for wearing patterns in the workplace. 

White trousers are unexpected, elegant, and wearable year-round.

To add color, opt for this bright satin top. 

A luxe cable-knit sweater doubles as loungewear and workwear.

Oversize tailored pants are the current fashion person's work staple.

Wear this alone in the warm months and layered for colder days.

This darted wool blazer will always give business in the front.

Just because it's workwear doesn't mean it can't be cozy.

There's nothing easier than a one-stop shirtdress.

A pinstriped blazer is not only limited to your work wardrobe. Wear it over a corset top or with leather for the evening.

Leopard is office approved, and this dress with boots is my new everyday look.

I have this blazer, and you should too! Size up—you won't regret it.

Gossip Girl has graduated and entered the workforce. 

A pleated skirt makes for a fresh change from predictable trousers.

This bodysuit will have a long and busy life in your closet.

A triple threat: refined, comfortable, and uncomplicated.

These bossy satin pants will have the office buzzing.

Black-and-white prints can act as neutrals for your closet.

A working black dress says both important and practical.

Olive green is a fun hue to liven up your traditional slacks.

Who said shiny pieces can't be professional? 

Understated yet very worth the investment.

Pair with the matching blazer, a chunky knit, or your easiest T-shirt.