Struggling with how to put together a stylish, polished outfit that looks great for work? Follow these tips to get a pretty, pulled-together look that will help you begin and end your day strong.
If you are just building a work-ready wardrobe, it’s important to invest in good basics that will help make it easier to put together outfits on a day-to-day basis. A few items you’ll want to purchase include:
A great look that combines refined elegance with a relaxed and polished appeal is a midi skirt (midway between the knee and ankle), a lightweight sweater, and a button-up blouse. To get the look, start with a polished print for your skirt (such as small check print in black and white). Choose a button-up top in a light color from the skirt print (for our example, we’ll use white) and layer it under a light pullover sweater in a darker color (such as black). For best results, make sure the top is fitted enough that it won’t look bulky when tucked in under the sweater. Pair with flat ankle-length boots in a neutral color and small earrings.
You can’t go wrong with a classic pencil skirt and button-up blouse combo for work. Stick to neutral colors for the skirt, but vary the fabrics. You can choose heavier fabrics, such as corduroy for example, for the cooler months. Pair it with a button-up shirt in a lighter color and wear with heels, pumps, or pointed-toe flats. Add a scarf at the neck for a pretty accent, or a women's cardigan sweater or blazer in a complementary color if you need another layer.
Straight-leg chinos are another ideal work staple for women. Choose from versatile shades like grey, tan, navy, or deep green. Some pink and red shades, such as blush, terra cotta, or clay, can also function as neutrals. Pair with a button-up or draping blouse in a pretty pattern. To create a coordinated look, choose a blouse that uses the color of the pants as part of the pattern in the blouse. Wear it tucked in with ballerina flats, loafers, or flat ankle boots.
Sport-knit trousers offer both comfort and style, so they make a great choice to see your workday through with ease. Choose a pair with a subtle print or pattern, and wear it with a light cardigan sweater. A dressy scoop neck tee, turtleneck, or fitted blouse makes a good layering piece under the cardigan — just make sure all the colors complement one another. If the hem length of the top is not too long, you can wear it untucked. Flats or short block heels work well with this relaxed yet polished business-casual style.
Wide-legged pants embody a fresh yet classic appeal, and they look fabulous paired with a feminine blouse. Choose from yoke-back blouses, pleated styles, drapey blouses, or styles with accents like keyhole necklines or bracelet-tie cuffs for a soft look that balances out the slacks.
Many workplaces are allowing for more casual styles according to their business casual or relaxed casual dress codes, and pull-on skinny pants and tunic tops are a great combination for working women because they provide both style and comfort. Choose from women’s corduroy pants, knit fabric, velvet, cotton/polyester blends, and more. Both solids and prints are available and can be appropriate for work. Just be sure to pair a solid-color tunic with print pants and solid pants with a print top rather than pairing two prints, which will look too busy. Look for high-length tunic blouses in draping fabrics like crepe, flannel, cotton, or even more luxe fabrics like velvet. Tunic-length sweaters also work well, such as tunic cable knits, v-neck tunic tops, cashmere tunics, or turtleneck sweaters in a tunic length.
Use your creativity (within your company’s dress code, of course!) and come up with stylish, comfortable outfits to wear to work. Don’t forget you can dress up your outfits and add a personal touch of style with accessories like scarves, jewelry, belts, hosiery, and more. Get ready to go to work in style!