10 Office Wardrobe Essentials for 2019
As a mother, reestablishing yourself in the workplace can often be a challenge. Whether you’re coming off maternity leave or returning after a few years off caring for the kids, the little details of office life can sometimes seem like an insurmountable problem. The good news is, we’re here to take the stress out of office fashion! The key to looking good no matter the workplace is sticking to classic pieces of clothing that don’t become unfashionable in a few months.
Understandably, it can be extremely difficult to resist the pull of fast fashion with its low pricing structure and flashy, trendy clothing. However, you’ll be rewarded with amazing, higher quality clothing if you invest your money elsewhere. By choosing to purchase high-quality, timeless basics that you can mix and match, you’ll maximize your outfit potential and be able to wear your clothing without it falling apart after a few wears.
Below are 10 closet essentials you should think about adding to your wardrobe:
1. Pencil skirt
A pencil skirt is a classic garment that recalls the Hollywood “Golden Age” era. There’s a reason the pencil skirt silhouette has never been out of style: it’s slimming, professional and elongates your body. It’s a piece of clothing that looks great on a variety of body types — just make sure you pay attention to tailoring and alter it if it doesn’t quite fit you. Motherhood isn’t always as forgiving as we’d hope. Luckily, a pencil skirt easily can fit with any style. It dresses up a basic tee shirt but also can be worn with a boxy blouse to balance out your look.
2. Button-down shirt
A crisp button-down should always be in heavy rotation in your wardrobe. When you’re browsing for button-downs, think about versatility. Sure, that fuschia button-down might be an attractive option but it may not complement other pieces of clothing you already have in your closet. Try to pick more neutral colors or stick to one color palette so you have a variety of options to coordinate your outfits.
3. Pointed flats
One style of shoe you will be able to depend on day in and day out is a great pair of functional flats. After all, what’s the point of heels if you tuck them under your desk to change into your comfortable flats later in the day, anyway? Simplify how you put together your outfit each day by choosing shoes that will serve as your one-and-done. A pair of women’s loafer flats from Rothy’s, for example, is the perfect complement to any outfit. They can easily take you from errands to work to a post-work happy hour. Say goodbye to your “back-up” shoes for good.
4. Shift dress
A shift dress is a style born out of the 1920s and there’s a reason it's stuck around for so long. A shift dress is a perfect solution for the summer season when it's warm but you don’t want to wear something overly form-fitting and short. With its loose, vertical lines, it’s the perfect outfit for a hot summer or spring day. Just make sure to keep your look smart and polished by adding a cardigan or blazer.
5. A leather timepiece
For many people, their phone may replace a traditional timepiece. However, a beautiful leather-strap watch can add that extra polish to an outfit. It’s a great, subtle way to express your personality in a professional manner.
6. A shoulder bag
A professional workplace calls for a professional bag. And while a fanny pack has a place in our hearts, it may not be the best choice for the office. A leather tote bag is a minimalist option or you can get a luxury laptop case as well.
7. One piece of nice jewelry
When you’re trying to decide what kind of jewelry to invest in, always go for something simple and minimal. Much like the other items in this list, minimalist jewelry will stay relevant throughout different cycles of fashion. Depending if you have warm, cool, or neutral undertones, you’ll want to stick to either gold or silver. If you’re going to wear more than one piece of jewelry, make sure it’s all the same type of metal to keep your look cohesive and professional.
8. Structured blazer
Even if you work in a casual workplace, a structured blazer helps to elevate your style. It’s the perfect addition to an overly-casual workplace. After all, you know what they say: Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of a well-fitting pair of trousers. Pay attention to length, inseam, and rise when you’re browsing for work pants.
10. Dark wash jean jacket
If you’re bored of cardigans, blazers, and shawls, a dark wash jean jacket might be just what the fashion doctor ordered. The dark wash helps to dress up a more casual jean jacket - always choose a dark wash over acid wash or light wash for professional settings.
Resist fast fashion and instead, invest in pieces that will bring you joy every time you wear them. As you shop, pay attention to fit and tailoring. Sooner than you know it, you’ll be free from the stigma of ‘mom’ fashion, and easily the most fashionable person in the office.