Workwear Staples You Need in Your Wardrobe

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Working in an office environment often means you will accumulate a separate work wardrobe, after all, you don’t necessarily want to wear the same pieces that you head to the office in at the weekend. It’s handy to build up a separate capsule wardrobe of work dedicated items, so what are the staples you should invest in?

Tailored Trousers

An absolute necessity are good fitting tailored trousers. I know that I couldn’t personally survive work life without these! Invest in a few pairs of trousers in black, navy and maybe even a nice pinstripe. You don’t have to stick to the typical boring office shape of clothing though, mix it up with a nice tailored shape, or perhaps even experiment with a wide leg shape? Office wear doesn’t have to be dull. Try Zara for a great selection of formal trousers at a reasonable price!

Relaxed Blazer

A loose fitting, relaxed blazer is a great option for the office, not too formal but also dressy enough to be suitably office smart! I personally love an oversized sleeveless blazer, teamed with a shirt underneath, it’s also the perfect look for heading out for post-work drinks. Black is the ultimate staple but why not try out a print? Head to H&M for a great selection of blazers and smart jackets.


If you aren’t a fan of wearing heels all day (let’s face it, its hard work) then brogues are a great option for a smart look. If your office isn’t trainer friendly, these still offer comfort whilst remaining smart. Try out Dune for the perfect pair of workwear flats.

Roll Neck Sweater

For me, these are absolute staples in both my workwear, and everyday life wardrobe! Saviors in the cold winter months, these will keep you warm in the office whilst looking stylish and ready for work, as unfortunately most office don’t permit wearing a duvet!  Invest in staple colours – black, grey and navy to start your collection. Try Banana Republic for these.

Tote Bag

A tote bag is an ultimate must have for your weekdays, perfect for chucking in all of your essentials! Notebook, iPad, phone, 23 pens, lip-gloss, you name it, us women like to carry around a lot of items. Invest in a high quality leather tote that will last years, rather than a trend-led PVC tote. Brands such as Coach do great leather bags, always made to last.


If you sit in front of a computer for the majority of your day then it’s super important that you go for regular eye check-ups to make sure you aren’t putting too much strain on your eyes – you only get one pair after all! A pair of stylish glasses are a necessity for prescription wearers, brands such as Miki Moko offer trend led designs that will finish off your outfit just perfectly.

Add these staples into your wardrobe and dressing for work will be a breeze! Do you have any must-have items in your work wardrobe? Add some, then mix, match, and have fun!

Tilly-Jayne Kidman

Tilly-Jayne is a UK based fashion, travel & lifestyle blogger.