I was a young professional in a highly corporate environment when I first started my company. I had a tough time finding a work wardrobe that allowed me to express my personality while still appearing polished and professional. The options at the time felt either basic or designed for someone much older. Nothing in the space seemed particularly exciting. One thing was for sure: With these options, nobody would be Instagramming their workweek #OOTD.
I work closely with my design team to ensure the collections we create are chic, sophisticated, and on point for the office. After all, the modern professional woman wears many different hats. We go from school drop-offs to meetings to happy hours and date nights. We’re not changing clothes throughout the day. Keep it simple and avoid adding another item to your to-do list with streamlined dressing in four easy steps.
Everyone has that hair-pulling moment when they’re running late, staring into their closet and feeling totally uninspired. Plan out your week’s worth of looks on Sunday. Hang them together and save yourself the time (and mental energy!) in the morning.
Personally, I’m partial to dresses: A great dress looks polished and professional, and requires absolutely no effort in the styling department. My design director, Willa, on the other hand, advocates diversifying a week’s worth of looks—dresses three days, separates two days. She’s recently been championing high-waisted pants with an A-line top and strappy heels.
Black and white tends to be the uniform around my office. When it comes to separates, having monochromatic options helps to make mixing and matching a breeze. Pick a palette, and then play with different textures. A double-breasted jacket is a great layering piece that can ground an intricate top.
Leave a clutch and great pair of shoes at your desk to swap out after work—it will make your commuting bag a lot lighter. Opt for a pair of heels that are comfortable enough to get to work in the next morning; then you can start the cycle all over again.
How do you map out your work wardrobe for the week?