Los Angeles, known for its effortless, laid-back style, doesn't necessarily inspire professionals to fill their wardrobe with traditional workwear staples like, say, New York City. Granted, the weather variable has a lot to do with the style differences between these East and West Coast metropolises, but aside from the chill factor, each city has a signature style all its own. Seeing as we recently asked our New York editors to reveal their workwear essentials, we thought we'd ask their Los Angeles counterparts to do the same.
Ahead, we tapped the Los Angeles–based editors of Who What Wear and MyDomaine to share the unsung heroes of their workwear wardrobes. Surprisingly, their picks veered toward deceivingly simple staples that walk the line between California casual and polished and professional. Think oversize blazers, wide-leg work pants, and modern pumps. Keep scrolling to find out which "boring" workwear essentials our Los Angeles editors reach for day in and day out.
Kat Collings, Editor in Chief at Who What Wear
"I wear a similar version to these black pants all the time for work. They look polished, and the tie-waist detail on the pants adds a little something extra."
Sacha Strebe, Editorial Director at MyDomaine
"A well-cut blazer is an essential workwear item for me because it will always elevate an outfit no matter how casual it is. Pair it with jeans and heels or a maxi dress with flats to give it an air of professionalism. This item is also very dual purpose. While it is office-appropriate, it also looks great on the weekend or for drinks with friends so you know it will be a worthy investment."
Michelle Scanga, Managing Editor at Who What Wear
"Right now I'm into dressing up simple white tanks (like the kind you can buy in bulk on Amazon). The key is to wear the wardrobe basic with a statement layering piece like a plaid blazer or pair the top with cool pants to balance out the laid-back look of the tank. I actually purchased a pack from the kids' section so that they'd be super fitted and tight, but that's just my personal preference; you can still achieve the same look with a looser fit."
Megan Beauchamp, Managing Editor at MyDomaine
"I wear these loafer slides pretty much every day. Our office doesn't have a formal dress code, so I often pair them with jeans and a silk blouse or a sweater if the AC is blasting."
Erin Fitzpatrick, Senior News Editor at Who What Wear
"I wear a ton of blazers because then I can get away with wearing simple jeans and T-shirt to work, but it looks more polished. I always go for colorful and/or printed ones—our office isn't very corporate, so I don't need to wear basic black ones. I particularly love this Ganni one because it's the perfect oversize fit and is extremely well made."
Kristen Nichols, Associate Editor at Who What Wear
"One of the pieces that gets the most use in my closet—at the office or not—is my Reformation x Veda leather jacket. I'm very into pairing it with high-waisted trousers at work for a look that feels polished but a little tough."
Anna LaPlaca, Assistant Editor at Who What Wear
"I wear these heels multiple times a week because they're surprisingly so comfortable and pretty much go with everything—I'm a fan of pairing them with cropped jeans or trousers. I used to think pumps were boring and had no place in my wardrobe, but I love how this pair feels a bit more modern than most."
Christie Calucchia, Assistant Editor at MyDomaine
"I always feel confident and pulled together at work when I wear my checked blazer. Whether I'm wearing a simple T-shirt with a pair of jeans or a dress, it goes with just about anything. Plus, it lets me channel my inner Cher Horowitz."
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