We've said it before and we'll say it again! Your image at work is a projection of your professionalism, work ethic, and self worth. When you look good, you feel good and you get more accomplished! As much as we'd all like to have a closet full of chic, yet practical, work clothes to choose from every morning, the reality is most of us don't have thousands of dollars to build such a wardrobe. If fall you fall into that category, don't panic! It's nice to have tons of wardrobe options everyday, but it's not necessary. The best way to start a collection of fashionable work outfits is to first invest in a few simple staples! Check out these 4 must have pieces for your work wardrobe!
1. Dress Pants
This one should be a no-brainer! You should have at least one, but probably two or three pairs of professional pants that fit you well and can be paired with blouses, sweaters, or blazers to make a simple yet sophisticated look that is timeless. Start with neutral colors like black and gray that will match most shades from basic to bright! If you are trying on pair after pair and unable to find the right fit, consider getting them tailored so they are the right length and waist size and are comfortable to wear!
2. Tailored Blazer
Blazers are one of my favorite work pieces because they are so versatile! Wear them to work with dress pants, a pencil skirt, or a sheath dress, or throw them over a blouse and jeans on the weekend! One in basic black is always good to have in your closet, but you can also look for some bright colors to make your work look pop!
3. Laptop Bag
Just about every woman has a purse, but a work purse is an essential for your professional look. A weekend bag is great to have, but make sure the tote you're toting to the office everyday looks just as professional as you do. That doesn't necessarily have to mean black, leather, and boring. We have tons of bags on Careerbags.com that look sleek and refined, but still catch your eye! If you have a laptop or tablet that you carry to and from work with you, look for a bag that has a padded interior section for your gadget and make sure it's large enough to hold it. Most laptop bags will specify a device size that they are intended to hold, so before you buy, measure your screen diagonally and compare it to the bag you are interested in to make sure it's a match!
4. Easy-To-Wear Heels
It's easy to get a little too ambitious when you're at the department store looking at a gorgeous pair of 5 inch pumps! Yes they make you look tall and slender. Yes you may be able to walk once around the shoe department without needing orthapedic surgery, but will you be able to march through the halls at work, down the street from the parking garage, or through a busy airport terminal in them? When it comes to work shoes, be practical. Some people are used to wearing stilts, while others, like myself, usually have to cap my heels off at about 3 inches.
5. Shift Dress
The great thing about wearing dresses to work is that they are easy! One piece is all you need, so a simple shift dress is my go-to when I'm running late in the morning. Just throw it on with some heels and you're good to go. Pick neutral colors, like black, grey, or brown and you can work them into tons of different outfits! Throw a blazer over it one day, a cartigan the next, fun patterned stockings a week after that, or even pair it with some bright colored shoes!