Happy New Year! I wish you had a wonderful holiday. The beginning of the year always urges me to reconstruct my work wardrobe. Despite the blues and weekend hangovers, the first day back to work is, after all, an important time to take style to the office. Before I can work full-time from home (I wonder if that kind of job even exists), I’ll need these simple and classy office outfits that I can return to from time to time:
The classic, monochrome and incredibly versatile pantsuit look is probably the most common and easiest way to dress for the office, regardless of your job nature. In all fairness, it’s also prone to looking boring, unless there’s a statement piece in the outfit. I’d make it pop with vivid pointed heels and red lips. It’s all in the details!
The office-appropriate denim look is easy to achieve and quite versatile if you know where to look. I’d go for this cropped length pair for an easy contrast with sleek heels, and wear a smart top (think crisp button-down or silky blouse) and a professional-looking boxy handbag.
3. Lace-Yoke Blouse from GUMZZI
A timeless office wardrobe can’t be complete without a white button-down. With lace paneling and a figure-hugging cut, this lace blouse is ideal for both work and play. For the boardroom, heels and pencil skirts work best, or you can wear with skinnies and brogues.
Sturdy fabric, a sleek boxy cut and a figure-flattering silhouette make this sheath dress an office staple that can go from 9am to late dinner cocktails. The trick is always in adding fabulous heels and possibly a statement jewelry piece.
If you’re a sassy girl who loves flirty flowy dresses, this ruffled print frock is for you. If you think prints and chiffon aren’t for the office, think again – they create a cheerful and feminine tone, and are perfect for smart-casual occasions. Match with a smart blazer and pointed ankle boots.
I’ve been itching to wear sleeveless or summer dresses to work. But before I can parade sundresses out with bare arms, this all-black, fuss-free and totally adorable topper is my answer to a breezy transition.
I carry a 13-inch laptop to the office every day. This roomy satchel naturally becomes my go-to carrier for work.
There are days when I feel like leaving those worn-out ballerinas at home. These rhinestone-embellished court heels are the perfect dressy shoes to transcend office basics.
Loafers are appropriate for almost any occasion. The style is especially suitable for tempering flirty, feminine dresses with some menswear-inspired cool. Adorned with tonal tassels and an understated faux suede upper, these loafers are just perfect for my casual office.
Statement jewelry may not be appropriate for all work domains. If your workplace fortunately allows you to add a slight edge, I’d definitely recommend this tasseled statement necklace. Just bear in mind the balance between statement and simple when it comes to accessorizing for work.