Mixing and matching your fashion ensembles may seem daunting, but investing in a few key pieces that can be worn together perfectly will take you right through the working week. Since every businesswoman would ideally have a closet filled with timeless and versatile pieces from which to draw tasteful and sophisticated outfits every working day, keep on scrolling for our 10 fashion must-haves in building your professional wardrobe.
- Black Pumps
Since you’re going to wear your shoes for a week, make them look fresh by opting for a versatile pair of black pumps that can be worn with practically anything. Go for covered toe styles that often look more professional than sandals or peep-toe shoes. Stilettos may be nice to add some inches to your stature, but you may also wish for comfort without sacrificing style. So, choose a style that has padding to ensure your comfort throughout the day, and opt for a modest heel usually around 2-4 inches.
- Elegant Handbag
A sophisticated handbag is the perfect finishing touch to your new professional outfit. So, opt for a high-quality leather handbag that will serve you well for many years. Go for wider and more structured style that can accommodate all your essentials like paperwork, diaries, and laptop making them look organized and neat. Neutral shades, especially black is the most elegant shade you may go for. Bold colors, touch enticing textures, and creative prints add personality, but avoid anything too flashy.
- Three Piece Suit
A basic three piece – blazer, pants and skirt – is the most essential item for every businesswoman. Make sure you choose a suit that fits perfectly and versatile enough to match your skirts and pants. A lightweight wool fabric in a solid black, navy, or gray may be versatile enough, but you can wear those with conservative prints in a more creative setting.
- Little Black Dress
Whether it’s a body con, sheath, A-line, or wrap, a little black dress is essential in any wardrobe. Better opt for styles with simple and minimal detailing that can be dressed up with your accessories or blazer. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, you may dress up your little black dress with a chic necklace when you feel a little creative, and wear blazer with it to make your outfit look more formal.
- White Blouse
Whether it’s a white button-down shirt, chiffon blouse, or pussy bow blouse, a white blouse is another closet essential for every businesswoman. A variety of styles are available ranging from classic collared full-sleeve to mandarin collar sleeves and v-neck to pussy bow styles. They’re also versatile enough to wear with printed skirts and blazers as well as plain ones to make your outfit office-appropriate.
- Simple Skirt
A pencil and A-line skirt styles are the basic version of skirts you may go for especially in neutral color and simple design. Getting too short or getting too long on your hemlines doesn’t look professional, so just opt for a skirt that falls on your knees. Just make sure it doesn’t ride up too high when you sit down. A versatile color and style of the skirt can be worn with a variety of different tops, and nobody will notice!
- Straight-leg Pants
A classic pair of simple straight-leg pants without heavy pleats, cuffs, or fancy embellishments will never go out of style as you can wear them with almost everything in your wardrobe while still looking fresh and new. Have a black pair first then consider expanding to two or three pairs of neutral colors and creative prints appropriate for your work environment to take you through the week.
- Sweater or Cardigan
You’ll appreciate a luxury fabric like cashmere in the office, so have a chic sweater or cardigan to top your blazers, blouses, and dresses when it gets chilly in the office. You may also consider choosing a bold accent color or pattern to bring a bit of personality to your professional wardrobe. Houndstooth, stripes, and polka dots can be great as wearing loud and flashy prints will just take away the professional look in you.
- Trench Coat
Lightweight and comfy, a classic trench coat will provide the perfect sophisticated finish to your outfit perfect for months of spring and fall. Go for a camel or nude shade that looks perfect with any color of your office outfit.
- Wool Coat
Winter months require tons of layers to keep you warm, but a wool coat can be enough to keep you from looking bulky while staying comfortable and warm. So, when the weather starts to get colder, trade your trench coats with wool coats like a classic pea coat style, chesterfield coat, and such in neutral colors for the most versatility though you may go for classic prints to add some personality to your office outfit.