Dressing for the weekend is easy – you get to show off your personality and personal style with fun, trendy clothing. Dressing for the office? Not so simple. We show you how to create that perfect work capsule wardrobe that will keep you at once power dressed and fashion forward.
1.The Little Black Dress
Trust us – this one will save you from what-do-I-wear mornings more often than you think. There’s a reason the LBD has become a perennial classic – it’s timeless, versatile and, best of all, it needs little more than a few simple accessories to create a winning work outfit. For a stylish day at the office, simply pair your trusty LBD with a string of pearls and pointy Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps and you’re good to go.
2. The White Button-Down Shirt
Did you know that Carolina Herrera lists her white button-down shirt as her all-time favorite item of clothing? We can see why – with its simple, tailored design, a chic white shirt strikes the perfect balance between structured masculinity and sexy, feminine style.
Plus, the styling options are endless: think Rachel Zane in Suits and pair your white shirt with a high-waisted pencil skirt and sleek stilettos. And if you work in a more modern environment, you can’t go wrong with a preppy pinstriped oxford shirt matched with cool white skinny jeans, or with a deconstructed white shirt with edgy frills in the form of asymmetry, pussy bows, and voluminous sleeves.
3. Basic Black Pants
See this one as an investment. A pair of high quality black pants will carry you through many seasons so be prepared to shop around and pay a little more too. Look for pants with no obvious detailing like zippers, buttons or pockets. Then comes the style. This is highly dependent on your figure and personal style but tailored pants with a slight bootcut hem looks great on just about every body type. Cigarette or skinny pants are a modern choice that adds an edgy, androgynous feel to your wardrobe.
4. The Fitted Blazer
To round off your power dressing ensemble, go for an elegant fitted blazer. This classic, tailored style will round off everything from a basic LBD to a structured shirt-and-pants combo.
If you can, go a step further and invest in two fitted blazers – one in solid black and another in a lighter shade like pure white. They make the perfect add-on to a work outfit when you’re in a rush.