Waking up and dressing for work every single day is no easy feat. Sometimes, coming up with even one solid outfit a week can feel overwhelming, let alone five outfits in a row. To make your life a whole lot easier, we have figured out how to build a work wardrobe in three easy steps. Starting with the basics and working your way up to the of-the-moment pieces, if you follow this advice, you're sure to feel much less stressed when starting your day.
They say all good things come with time, so we recommend starting with step one and working your way up. Step one is all about acquiring the basic pieces every professional working woman should have hanging in her closet—blazers, button-downs, pumps, etc. Step two is where you can start to have a little more fun by indulging in a few key trends each season—white shoes, velvet, etc. Step three is where you really blossom by drawing inspiration from street style stars, bloggers, and the like. Since you should already have everything you need right at your fingertips, copying your favorite looks instantly becomes a no-brainer. Ready to see for yourself?
Scroll down to uncover exactly how to build the perfect work wardrobe.
STEP 1: HAVE YOUR BASICS COVERED
Fill your closet with work-wardrobe essentials. That way, you'll be prepared for every meeting, every event, and every day spent in the office. Together, these pieces are capable of creating effortless outfits that are polished and stylish.
Nothing screams girl boss like a crisp blazer.
The perfect white button-down for your every enjoyment.
This bold midi skirt is sure to turn heads.
Black suede pumps are a working girl must-have.
This can be dressed up with pumps or down with ankle boots as shown here.
Menswear-inspired trousers always look polished.
The name says it all.
Camel coats make any outfit look more expensive.
Cropped jeans are the perfect way to show off your favorite shoes.
The commuter flats you've been looking for.
STEP 2: Update basics with trend-driven pieces each season
Basics are great and all, but we want you to be able to have a little fun with your outfit too! As you know, the trends change with the seasons, so once you feel you have nailed down the basic pieces above, treat yourself to a few key of-the-moment trending items as well.
Channel the athleisure trend, even at the office.
The crocodile-effect heel and metal ring make these shoes irresistible.
The comfortable way to wear a blazer.
STEP 3: Have office-ready outfit ideas bookmarked
It never hurts to have outfit ideas or examples on hand 24/7. We recommend creating Pinterest boards, screenshotting, and following Instagram accounts or bloggers that inspire you to put your best fashion foot forward. Below are some examples of office looks we are loving made out of the pieces above.
You'll Need: Blazer + Button-Down + Skirt + Pumps
You'll Need: Sweater + Trousers + Boots
You'll Need: Turtleneck + Dress + Pumps
You'll Need: Blazer + Button-Down + Midi Skirt
You'll Need: Blouse + Trousers
You'll Need: Blazer + Blouse + Denim + White Shoes
Do you have a go-to office outfit formula? Let us know in the comments below!