5 Professional Wardrobe Staples You Need in Your Closet

They say you should dress for the job you want. For some, that means jeans and a t-shirt; for others it means a three-piece suit. For most people, it’s somewhere in between. How you dress at work may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your career development, but it can play an important role in how you are perceived by your colleagues and managers. Some studies show, it could even affect your performance. For this reason, building a solid work wardrobe is important. No matter how casual the work environment, you should have a few key staples that will make you look polished and professional. Below are five items every professional woman should have in her closet.

Blazer. A blazer can pull together just about any outfit. It pairs perfectly with skirts, pants, and even jeans if you work in a more low-key setting. A classic color like black, grey or navy works with anything, but don’t be afraid to show some personality with brighter colors like, red, yellow or pink.

Photo Credit: LOFT.com

Black Pants.  Well-fitting black pants are a necessary piece of any work wardrobe. They are perfect for occasions where you have to look a little more dressed up, and they pair well with absolutely everything. While black is the most versatile color, any neutral will work well.

black pants
Photo Credit: Express.com

Dress. I love wearing dresses to work because they’re easy and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. If you have an interview or important business meeting, you can dress it up with a blazer and heels. You can also dress it down on more casual days by wearing flats and a cardigan. Dresses are the simplest way to look put together with minimal effort. Here again, a neutral color is best so that you can accessorize it a number of different ways and always look like you’re wearing something different, but colors and patters are fun too.

grey dress
Photo Credit: Banana Republic

Work Bag. Most of us lug around more than our hands can carry, so a high quality work bag is a must. Investing in a classic bag that will last you a long time will pay off. Get something big enough to hold all of your essentials and matches a variety of outfits. I love blue as an unexpected neutral.

Dagne Dover bag
Photo Credit: Dagne Dover

Button Down Blouse. A button-down blouse is another staple that can be used in a variety of settings. If you work at a casual start up, it can be worn untucked with jeans, as shown below, or in a more formal office with a skirt or a suit. You can do solids, stripes, or fun patterns, and they all work well in a professional wardrobe.

button down
Photo Credit: Old Navy

What are some of your work wardrobe essentials? Share them in the comments!

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