Friday, 4 October 2013

12 Office Wardrobe Essentials for the Stylish Lady

The office wardrobe may generally be associated with formal type wear, but with the vibrant and stylish pieces that currently dominate the fashion scene, there’s no reason why dressing to work has to be boring or stuffy.

As every stylish lady can attest to, fashion trends can change quicker than a DJ wouldspin a new track on the dance floor but as the discerning fashionista knows, the trick to staying stylish does not necessarily involve having a closet full of the latest trends but instead requires investing in a few key pieces and building around them. The same rules apply to the office wardrobe.

Based on this, we bring you 12 office wardrobe essentials every stylish lady should invest in:

1. The white shirt: The white shirt is a timeless fashion item that has retained its relevance all the way from the 20′s. Its also a very versatile clothing item that can be dressed in so many different ways to create different looks that suit different times of the week. Pair with pearls or a scarf, blazers and trousers for the ultimate boss lady Monday look, or pair alone with the very in print or aztec skirt/trousers for a trendy mid-week look or wear tucked into a pair of jeans and accesorise with chunky jewelry for a more laidback Friday look.

2. Blazers: Blazers add that much needed oomph to any outfit. Style with either a camisole, shirt , silk/chiffon blouse or even a dress and watch your outfit come alive. Also asides black, invest in a few other colours for a more trendy and versatile office wardrobe.

3. Black trousers: These are more or less the Holy Grail of the office wardrobe. They could either be worn cropped for a trendy, more laid-back look, high-waisted for tucking into shirts and blouses or just plain ol’ straight-cut pants that could be paired with blouses. The key to rocking black pants however lies in the fit. Its important that they have the perfect, snug fit.: These are more or less the Holy Grail of the office wardrobe. They could either be worn cropped for a trendy, more laid-back look, high-waisted for tucking into shirts and blouses or just plain ol’ straight-cut pants that could be paired with blouses. The key to rocking black pants however lies in the fit. Its important that they have the perfect, snug fit.


4. Black skirt: This goes without saying, much like the black trousers, the black skirt is useful for times when trousers don’t quite cut it. Style pretty much same as the black trousers for a more demure look.





5. The Dress: Be they peplum, shift, midi or body con, dresses are an ultimate office wardrobe must-have item. Midi dresses are also very in right now. Pair with heels and a chunky neck-piece and instantly become the belle of the boardroom.
6. Coloured bottoms: Whether plain coloured or printed, coloured skirts/trousers are all the rage now. They’re also very versatile and can be paired with several different things, adding a burst of colour and style to any outfit.




7. Chiffon blouses: Chiffon blouses provide the perfect balance between playful and serious. Trendy and versatile, chiffon blouses can either be paired alone with bottoms or with blazers depending on the look you seek.
8. Belts: Belts are great for jazzing up outfits. Asides being worn with trousers/skirts, they can be thrown over the middle of a blouse or a dress to add that extra pizzazz to an outfit.


9. Neckpieces: These are also great for jazzing up outfits. Throw a chunky necklace around a white shirt or a blouse/dress and watch your outfit instantly transform.

10. ‘The’ Bag: While there may be several bags in every lady’s office wardrobe, there always has to be that ‘it’ bag. Advisably a label, the ‘it’ bag generally inspires some confidence in its owner as it is all the more stylish and trendy.

11. Pumps: For those days of presentations and power meetings, heels are known to boost a lady’s confidence. Invest in a sturdy pair of stylish pumps in black first and then as many colours as you can afford for a more versatile wardrobe.

12. Ballet shoes: Every inch as stylish as their heeled counterparts, ballet shoes are great for days that are a little more laidback than usual. This is not to say that their less stylish, ballet shoes are only less glamorous compared to heels but still can be paired with a range of outfits while lending its own brand of quiet style to an outfit.


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