I have recently developed a love for dressing for the workplace.
When I finished University (where the daily uniform was comfy jeans and sneakers), and started working full-time in a professional workplace; I was a little thrown with what to wear at first.
Now that I have been in the full-time workforce for 2 years now, I think I’ve got the corporate look (always with a twist though), down pat.
I have spoken to many women who work in a corporate environment, and one thing that they all say is that they struggle to be imaginative and creative with their look, and end up just wearing all black.
I’m here to tell you that this doesn’t have to be the case – You CAN wear colour, and don’t have to ALWAYS wear a pant suit.
Below I have listed 9 Workwear Essentials that I think should be in every woman’s corporate wardrobe.
1. A Statement Blazer
A well fitted blazer is a definite workwear essential, and this Witchery Double Button Blazer (which I currently have on lay-buy) is perfect for everyday workwear.
This flattering, fitted blazer emphasises the waist and provides structure. Pair with wide leg pants for work, and jeans for play!
2. A Pair of Wide Peg Trousers
Peg trousers suit pretty much any body shape. They have a relaxed silhouette and feature a cropped leg, which is great for adding shape to a look.
These Topshop Belted Peg Trousers feature button tab detailing at the waist with a grosgrain belt and ivory finish. Pair with a fitted, tucked in shirt and blazer.
3. A Long-Sleeved Statement Shirt
Statement shirts are always great to have for days when you a) want to make a statement, and b) don’t want to have think too much about your outfit.
This Seed Swing Satin Top features a high scoop neckline and invisible back center zipper. The bell sleeves and slightly flared hem also add a touch of femininity. Pair with pants, or tucked into a mini skirt.
4. A Black Leather Look Skirt
If you’re looking for a skirt that you can wear for both work and play, then this is the one.
This River Island Black Leather Look Skirt features a fitted silhouette in a classic, leather look. This will definitely be a mainstay in your wardrobe!
5. A Pair Of Pumps
As an avid lover of heels, I would wear a pair of pumps most days if I could!
These Camilla and Marc Emmanuella Pumps are construed from a dove grey kid suede with a 105mm stiletto heel. Handmade in Italy, these will be an investment that you’ll find yourself wearing over and over!
6. A Short-Sleeved Statement Shirt
I own countless short-sleeved statement shirts, which are my go-to’s in summer.
This Seed Waisted Tuck Top has a comfortable yet neat fitted style with a mandarin collar and buttoned placket. With wide split cuffs and a pleated body, pair over leather look pants or denim on the weekend.
7. A Pencil Skirt
These are great for everyday wear and screaaaaam professional!
This River Island Dark Green Leather Look Skirt is a great alternative to the usual black pencil skirt. This skirt features a pencil shape with panel detailing, and gorgeous dark green shade. Style with black pumps – always.
8. A Waist Tie Dress
Waist tie dresses are excellent go-to’s, and are great for trans-seasonal wear too.
This Country Road Waist Tie Dress is a soft shift dress that features a flattering tie waist that cinches in the silhouette. Wear to work with a heel or loafer and add a blazer for extra structure.
9. A Pair Of Flats
Steer away from the usual ballet flat, and instead opt for a pair of loafers!
The Witchery Lauren Loafer features a gold trim and a folding back that can transform it into a backless slide. God I love that shoe that is versatile!
The great thing about all of these items is that they can be mixed and matched with each other.
For instance, the Witchery Blazer could be worn over the Seed Waisted Tuck Top, paired with the Topshop Peg Trousers and Camilla and Marc Pumps.
The blazer could also be worn with the Country Road Tie Waist Wedge Dress!
And if you reaaaaally wanted to make a statement, the Seed Satin Top could be paired with the River Island Dark Green Skirt.
See? The options are endless!
What do you normally wear to work? Are you creative with your outfits?