In the realm of important life situations to always have outfits on hand for, the office ranks pretty high up there. Not only do you spend the majority of your waking hours at work and want to look put together, but it’s also a place where you want to attain the respect of others, so knowing how to toe the line of professionalism and style is essential. Luckily, we face the same challenge as you do, which is why we came up with six key formulas you can always turn to. The best part? Pretty much all of these pieces are interchangeable, so if you own all of them, you’ve already got a capsule collection destined for fashion greatness. Scroll down to see what they are!
Choosing a dress for the office can be difficult since your wardrobe likely boasts a variety of silhouettes and styles. However, we find the most successful versions for a work environment tend to be on the more structured side. We especially like how Caroline Issa styled a double-breasted waistcoat with a button-down shirt underneath and a skinny belt cinched around the waist. The look feels stylish yet incredibly professional.
The shirt-and-trousers combination will always be a go-to formula, but layer on an elegant jacket for added polish. If you’re looking for a way to accessorize the look, we suggest a silk square scarf tied around the neck!
The A-line silhouette is ultra flattering and can be accomplished for work by layering a silky blouse underneath a full skirt. Slip into a pair of pumps and grab a top-handle bag for a pristine finish.
Suits don’t work for everyone, but matching sets do, and luckily they’re peaking in popularity these days, so you can find one that works for your body shape and style genre with ease. Opt for sleek, solid accessories so you can let your duo take the spotlight.
The transformative powers of a well-tailored blazer are most pronounced in an office environment, and we think the closet staple looks pretty stellar teamed with a button-down shirt and trousers.
When conjuring up ideas for the office, pencil skirts typically float to top of mind, which is why we think pairing one with a button-down is a recipe for success. Since the ensemble is so polished, if you feel like styling it with a pair of brogues, we highly encourage!