Whether you’re climbing the career ladder with a new company, or simply looking to stay chic in the office, how you dress in the workplace can have a big impact on how you feel and how others perceive you.
Look polished and professional by investing in these five key pieces that will take the hassle out of dressing in the mornings.
A Great Coat
A great coat is essential part of any workwear wardrobe. Don’t ruin your perfectly pull together outfit by throwing on a scruffy jacket during the winter. A belted mac or woollen winter coat is a savvy and stylish investment that will last for many years to come.
Look out for timeless camel, grey, black or navy styles that won’t date and will work with other smart items in your closet.
An elegant shift dress is a versatile piece that every woman should own. Opt for lined styles that won’t cling to the body and natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen and wool for comfort.
Super-versatile, shift dresses can be worn over blouses, with a blazer or alone to suit your mood. While neutral shades such as grey, navy and black are safe options for corporate environments, colorblock and printed styles are great for those who work in creative sectors.
If your workplace is a little more casual, a shirt dress straddles the balance between relaxed yet smart. Paired with tights, court shoes or ankle boots, a shirt dress is a classic and comfortable option.
Look out for dresses with a waist tie to add definition to floaty fabrics. A belted waist will create shape which prevents flouncy styles from looking sloppy.
Ditch the 80s shoulder padded blazers and power dressing of 20 years previous in favor of softer tailored pieces. Not only do they look better, the relaxed fit and soft fabrics means the latest suits are much more comfortable too.
Wide legged trousers and waterfall style jackets skim lumps and bumps making them flattering to most figures. Pair with a tucked in blouse or simple cami for a feminine, work appropriate look.
Lastly, inject some personality into your workwear by adding one key piece. Whether it be a statement necklace or printed pussybow shirt, the trick to creating a cohesive look is to ensure you have one focal point to your outfit.
While workwear shouldn’t be fussy or distracting, a great accessory such as silk neck scarf will pull your entire look together.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.