The world is full of change and uncertainty right now. With everyone working from home these days it has got me, and a lot of people, thinking: how will this change our work environment in the future when all this is over? In my opinion, a lot of companies will be more accepting, if not promote, working from home more often. Companies have been forced to develop and implement the tools needed to continue operations with employees at home. Now that they have these tools why not use them? It enables people to have more flexibility in their schedule and potentially allow companies to down size their office space and save on rent.
So how does that impact fashion and work wear? Well with less days in the office that could mean not needing as many business clothes in your wardrobe. So I made a list of the TOP 5 work wardrobe staples that everyone needs. These 5 things are the backbone to the work wear wardrobe. If you have these you can likely get through the work week no problem.
Without further ado here is my list:
#1 THE POWER SUIT
This suite is for those really important meetings, interviews, or presentations. Some would call this business professional, but I like to call it the power suite because it should be an outfit that makes you FEEL powerful and ready to conquer the task. Some may argue that this is something you could rent since these are not regular occasions. However, I think sizing and fit is everything when it comes to a suit, so I personally would rather own one. Also, usually right before these meetings or presentations I am stressed and busy, so the last thing I want to do is worry about ordering something online and hoping it comes in time and fits. The pants of this suit are M.M. LaFleur and the jacket is old from Nordstrom. If you are looking for a suit honestly I would go to M.M. LaFleur. Their suites are flawless and timeless and worth the investment!
#2 THE CASUAL BLAZER
Having a casual blazer is such a versatile piece that can really complete the look. You can get various different blouses to wear with it, to have multiple different outfits. I would try to get a cross seasonal blazer so it can be worn year round.
The blazer I am wearing is from J.Crew. They always has great blazer options!
#3 THE WORK APPROPRIATE JEANS
Having a good pair of go to jeans is a must. I like to wear dark washed jeans with no fringe or distressing to make sure they have that professional look. These are NYDJ. I love this brand because they are comfortable and come in dark washes without all the fringe and rips. Don't get me wrong I love a good pair of distressed jeans, but for work I like to keep it professional. Pairing a belt with your jeans always completes the look!
#4 THE BUSINESS CASUAL PANT
I usually wear business causal pants to work because I have so many and love how they look, especially for days I am with a client. Pick a style you like and can wear every season for many years (i.e. don't pick a super trendy pant). I have had these Banana Republic high rise leggings for years. I love them so much I bought one in blue and one in black. I know wide leg pants are in, but honestly I love the look of a skinny leg pant, and I don't think they will ever go out of style.
#5 THE WORK DRESS
Wearing a dress to work is a fun and easy way to switch up your look. Get a dress that you can both dress up and dress down. For example a dress that you can wear heels and a blazer with but also wear flats and a jean jacket with. Having a solid dress in your wardrobe really can give you an option to be business casual, business professional, or just casual. This dress is from Banana Republic. I can wear it on it's own, with a blazer or with a cute jean jacket.
If you are just starting your career or have been working in offices for years, these 5 pieces are staple pieces that everyone needs!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!