Your Work Wardrobe in 12 Items

The working year has well and truly settled in and already you don’t have anything to wear and you’re uninspired by your closet of work appropriate attire. Sound familiar? Fear not, because it’s time to stocktake that work wardrobe, starting with these essential pieces that’ll get you through the year in comfort and style.

We’ve narrowed it down to these 12 staples for the modern woman, no matter the field. From corporate and casual office wear to ensembles for teachers, hairdressers, retail babes and chicks tapping away on the world wide web, these 12 essential items are a necessity for 2015. Go forth and fill the gaps in your working wardrobe immediately.

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Nothing beats a statement necklace or giant earrings to spice up an otherwise drab look. Statement jewellery adds colour, texture, shape and is an office-appropriate means of expressing your personal style. We love Sistaco, Closet Chronicles, Adorne, Ruby Olive and Simone Divine.


Every gal needs a black pencil skirt (read: selection), whether it’s a classic cut to the knee or one with a frill, peplum, side split or trumpet hemline, a black pencil skirt is the epitome of class and versatility.


Just like the black pencil skirt is the hero of your skirt collection, a crisp white button up shirt can do no wrong. Pair it with a pencil skirt, cute shorts, jeans, printed pants, a fun skirt, statement jewellery… the possibilities are endless.


A good pair of black sandals are as crucial as a good fitting bra, they’ll support you all day and don’t mind being repeat offenders in your working wardrobe. Depending on your line of work, opt for either a low, sensible heel with a sturdy base (added height never goes astray) or zip around in strappy flats. And the best part? They’ll go with absolutely everything in your work wardrobe!


On the topic of shoes, if your workplace lies on the casual end of the spectrum a pair of lady brogues are a must. They look chic no matter the season –paired with cropped pants and a blazer in winter or tailored shorts in summer. Our pick? Design your own perfect pair on Shoes of Prey – our girl Alice did and she’s blissfully in love with her new kicks.


Women need a large, functional handbag, it’s a no-brainer. Something that fits a wallet, keys, emergency makeup kit, phone, diary, iPad, chargers, lip gloss, a notebook, laptop, sunglasses, water bottle, medical supplies and sometimes lunch but still looks chic, professional and on-trend. Look to Fossil, Mimco, Louenhide and Kikki.K for inspiration.



Structure, sophistication, class and 10 sartorial points for a perfect fit, the black blazer is the absolute must. It’s your BFF when the temperature drops, you’re boss walks in the door or you need to ‘professionalise’ an otherwise casual ensemble. Find one ASAP.


This one’s functional, stylish and a handy office hint all in one. Keep a woolen cape draped on the back of your chair for when the air conditioning gets unbearable (because it always does) and make your own little cocoon at your desk. Also essential for unavoidable late nights in the office. Google woolen cape and you’ll see what I mean.


If the full, mid-calf skirt isn’t the fashion piece of the moment, than I don’t know what is. All the fashion editors and go-to style mavens wore them throughout the spring racing season and now, they’re popping up in all the new collections. Pleated, textured, embroidered, netted, patterned and embellished, in silk, lace and scuba, in every colour of the rainbow, the full midi skirt is a must. Pockets are an added bonus!


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Another item that skips between functional and trendworthy accessory, the skinny belt transforms the outfit of she who wears the pants. Black or brown is versatile, block colours are fun, printed belts show style and metallic finishes hint at your wild side. Collect them all.


Crisp tailored trousers are so easy to wear, comfortable and can still look chic when styled right. Opt for versatile dark colours (navy, khaki, grey, black) and pair them with a skinny belt and statement jewellery to avoid a masculine look. We love them in all shapes and styles – high waist, skinny leg, cuffed, low slung or wide leg, as long as they’re tailored and fit perfectly.


A versatile dress is one of those pieces you can wear again and again, especially if it is black or grey. It can be styled in so many different ways and in every season by adding jewellery, a jacket, scarf, belt, stockings or an undershirt. A pinafore style works a treat – look to Metalicus for inspiration.

So there we have it! How many of the 12 working wardrobe essentials do you have on rotation? Is there something we’re missing? Let us know in the comments below!

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