If you’re facing the perpetual what-the-hell-do-I-wear-to-work conundrum, it’s rather tempting to throw your hands in the air and head to your nearest department store. But any seasoned office drone (*winks*) knows that you only really need a slim selection of items in order to truly master business-casual attire. Ahead, we hand-picked 13 cool-girl workwear essentials worth investing in, even if you’re on a junior budget.
1. The trucker jacket
Take it from us: the denim jacket is the ultimate cool-girl work essential. It’s not quite as formal as a blazer, but it still gets the job done.
2. The midi dress
A sleeveless midi dress is a classic staple, fit for practically any work environment. Business casual has so many variations these days anyway, but a sophisticated and modern look like this one is definitely part of the vocabulary.
3. The sling-back heel
A shoe in a timeless sling-back style looks especially good with cropped trousers or jeans and still looks fresh with tights in colder weather.
4. The raised hem dress
For warmer days and also great for layering, a sleeveless minidress is the answer.
5. The cover-up
This light-weight version is ideal for warmer days. Throw it over a shorter dress for added layer style.
6. The cotton top
When the average button-up shirt options all start looking the same, it never hurts to break it up with something fun but still work-appropriate. Case in point: this striped wrap option.
7. The jacket that goes with everything
An updated cropped parka that won’t feel too trendy to wear again and again.
8. The button-up shirt
A crisp shirt will never go out of style. If you work in an extra-creative office environment, you can get away with layering it under a camisole with culottes or a spaghetti strap dress à la Kendall Jenner.
9. The midi skirt
A midi skirt is the Goldilocks of skirt lengths, and makes dressing easy. This one’s exceptionally styled, with a flattering wrap waist. Wear it with a classic dress shirt, cotton top or a crew-neck knit and look instantly pulled-together.
10. The carry-all bag
A reliable bag to handle your laptop, your lunch and anything else you can think to cram in there.
11. The slip-on flat
An extra comfortable and on-trend pair of leather flats that you can simply slip on and go.
12. The jeans
Super-simple and versatile… Swap out your tapered trousers for a pair of unwashed straight-cut denims (if your office allows).
13. The crew-neck knit
Simple silhouettes always win, but look to a pretty shade of pink to stand out from your colleagues.
Don’t let building your capsule workwear wardrobe intimidate you. Just remember to go for pieces that are able to work over time to seamlessly transition into your everyday life. Now go get that promotion!
Originally via MC USA