How to build your work wardrobe


“Sticking to a more neutral, structured wardrobe means you won’t tire of your work attire.”

Begin with these items:

1. A black or navy blazer. Why? For cooler weather, job interviews or important meetings that require a more formal style of dressing.

2. A pair of tailored pants in either nude, dark brown, black or navy.

3. A couple of different blouses in different shades in either silk or rayon. Don’t be afraid to introduce some colour with your tops!

3. Two pairs of shoes – an everyday pair of flats and a pair of comfortable heels (either a heeled boot or otherwise) that you can use for formal work functions or days where you need an instant pick-me-up.

4. A practical, monotoned handbag that can carry the necessities eg. a laptop, diary, lunch, wallet etc.

5. That ‘one’ power dress that flatters your figure and makes you feel amazing – if you can afford it, buy it in two different colours!

Go quality over quantity:

You don’t need ten work tops or three handbags. Find pieces that are bound to stand the test of time, both in a fashion sense and a durability sense and you’ll actually spend less money.

Avoid going too bold:

You’re at work approximately 250 days of the year. It’s easy to get sick of your outfit options, so reserve your more bold options for weekends. You can always dress up a plain work outfit with accessories!

Quick tips:

Entering full time work for the first time? DON’T race out and buy a new wardrobe. Invest in one nice interview outfit, and once you land the job, you can then build upon that.

Don’t buy items you’re not comfortable wearing because you think you have to own them. If you don’t wear skirts normally then don’t buy them for work.