10 Workwear Essentials to Help You Dress Like a Boss
Whether it's a new title, a worthy raise or big project you'd like to lead, the last half of the year tends to be crunch time at the office. Use these workwear updates to dress like a boss and enhance your already stellar performance.
1. The New Black Blazer
Nothing locks down a professional look quite like a blazer. With the ability to elevate other items, they’re surprisingly versatile. Wear one over a dress when you really need to impress, like during an extra important meeting. Or use one to add polish to denim on Casual Friday. Choose black–no need to forgo the smartest go-to shade–but try mixed textures and architectural silhouettes. Both are fashion-forward elements but in a dark shade you'll still look like a total pro.
2. The High-Function Frock
As far as Insta-outfits go, you’ll never regret stocking your work wardrobe with a dress, or two. This season, simplicity in clothing reigns supreme so there’s no reason to search beyond a classic shape. Besides, a cut that skims the torso and floats over hips flatters every body type. But choosing a dress in a rich hue and interesting fabric will add a modern flair.
3. The Executive Class Heel
While your performance review should be spotless, we have other ideas where work footwear is concerned. As part of the second installment of the editor-designed collaboration between a big-name accessories label and a major celeb style glossy, these classic ankle strap pumps splashed with animal print would be the purr-fect finishing touch for any office-appropriate look.
4. The Trouser to Note
The straight talk on fall’s best pants: they’re narrow in fit, cropped in length and gorgeous in colour. Wear them with simple pumps for a ladylike look or use any manner of brogues, oxfords or loafers to give them a menswear spin.
J. Crew Campbell Capri, US $118.
5. The Savvy Accessory
Boasting function and fashion, plus an aura of time management skills, a stylish watch is the smallest accessory you can put on that speaks volumes. And, this fall, we really mean small: delicate timepieces with nickel-sized faces and straps as skinny as fettuccine are all the rage.
6. The Impressive Knit
Did you know one lightweight knit in a knockout colour can yield many work wear styling options? For starters, this boxy scoop neck can be half-tucked into your new straight leg cropped trousers. Secondly, you wear it un-tucked over a pencil skirt or tube dress, adding a skinny belt at waist level to create shape. And thirdly, you could layer a collared shirt underneath and add a statement necklace.
H&M Fine Knit Jumper, $30.
7. The White Shirt Win
Fact: A white shirt is a work wardrobe staple. Truth: A standard button-front style isn’t your only option. This year, upgrade to silky threads and reduce the button count for a look that’s ultra luxe and super chic. Then wear it with the usual suspects, which is everything from trousers to skirts, jeans and knits.
8. The Working Girl Bag
This fall there’s no reason why your work bag can’t, nay, shouldn’t be a backpack. There are just too many stylish options available! The sensible top handle of this croc-embossed flap top pack belies the shoulder straps in back. Which means you can enjoy a hands-free jaunt to and from work, and still be all business lady with a bag over the arm while you’re on the clock.
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9. The Appraised Print
Bold prints are going strong for fall, and it’s easy to take them to work if you stick to a) simple garments, b) serious-minded colours and c) abstract yet elegant prints. A billowy high neck blouse with painterly strokes of black and navy is a foolproof pick.
Mango Printed T-Shirt, $50.
10. The Modern Mad Woman
Can a skirt be ladylike, sporty and office appropriate? This one most certainly is. The camel colour couldn’t be more chic, while the two-tone racing stripe provides much-needed modern zip. And the just below the knee fit is 100 per cent corner office worthy.
Zara Tube Skirt, $80.