Back to office has its perks. New work wardrobe that is, ladies.
Building a work wardrobe isn’t easy and definitely not cheap, either. But if you know what you’re looking for and invest in a few classic, versatile pieces (oh and stick to a budget), you can have a closet full of office attire without breaking the bank.
First, you’re going to need a well fitted blazer – you’ll want something classic and professional, a piece that you’ll cherish for years to come. Remember, investment is often key to finding a well fitted blazer. But if your budget can’t stretch so far, I found a very affordable alternative at F&F. At this price, I predict a sell-out, so be quick.
Next up, skirts and dresses. You’ll need at least 4 work-appropriate skirts and dresses to start off. Reiss has some fabulous picks in a variety of styles and colours. I opted for a more affordable option from Kaleidoscope. A beautiful knitted dress in a wool-mix blend, with eye-catching metallic highlighted panels to both front and back. Talk about trend-driven work wardrobe.
I always advocate for comfortable shoes, no matter the occasion. That said, you definitely don’t have to splurge your whole salary on a pair of courts. You should be able to pick up two pairs under £100 at Next. Look for one pair of basic black pumps, and another in a neutral color, like grey, brown, or nude.
To mix up your look, pick blouses in a variety of colors, styles, and patterns (also make sure they don’t need to be dry-cleaned). If you pick items that mix-and-match well, you’ll be able to pull off a month’s worth (or more!) of different ensembles. You’re welcome!