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Monday, July 20, 2015

Work Wardrobe Staples

As most of y'all know, I started a new job a little under a month ago.  I've been undergoing a lot of adapting, and I already feel personal and professional growth because of this opportunity.  It really inspired me to do a week-long focus on career related topics.  So this week I'll be bringing you an interview with a female entrepreneur celebrating one year in business, tips on how to kick butt at your job, and a few wardrobe pieces, as well.

One of the first things I noticed about my new position is how professional all of the women dress.  I always dressed "business casual" at my previous job, but I've really been inspired to take it up a notch with this job.

If you're looking to build a professional wardrobe, here are the pieces I recommend:

Even if your job allows you to be super casual, I still think it's important to own a few button-ups.  One of my favorite things about wearing a button-up is that it's such a classic piece, that you can totally get away with wearing a bright statement necklace or fun fur vest with it.  I have the most success finding button-ups at J. Crew and Brooks Brothers.
Pencil Skirt:

Whenever I need a little confidence boost, I pull out a pencil skirt.  In my opinion, they're sexy without trying to be.  (And they're simple to style.  Throw on one of the button-up shirts from above and voila! You instantly look like you have your life together!)  I find most of my pencil skirts at Ann Taylor, J. Crew, and White House | Black Market.
Pixie Pants:

I live in pixie pants at work.  They're pretty much like work appropriate leggings, and I find them to be even more comfortable than jeans!  I think that the way they crop right above the ankle gives them a nice little dainty touch.  I usually buy my pixie pants at J. Crew, Gap, and Old Navy.  (Just a warning, if you purchase from Old Navy, be super cautious about how you wash them.  I've shrunk up some adorable pairs from there.)

I love wearing dresses to work because some days you just don't want to wear pants.  (Also, it's one piece so you don't have to figure out if your shirt matches your skirt, if you need to tuck it in, etc.  I'm all about simplicity.)  I'm a big fan of printed wrap dresses, or throwing on a Lilly under a blazer.  My favorite places to find dresses are Lilly Pulitzer, J.Crew, LOFT, and White House | Black Market.


Blazers add such a nice touch of professionalism to any look, and they are a necessity for board meetings.  I pair them with everything, but my favorite ways to style them are over a funky dress or with a pair of pixie pants in the same color.  If you don't have a blazer in your wardrobe, I suggest in investing in a black blazer and a navy blazer.  I usually pick up my blazers at J. Crew, and I've also had luck finding them at Macy's in the Junior's department!

I'm curious to know - What are your workplace staples?  What is your work environment like?

If you have any questions about work wear or any questions for me relating to career, feel free to shoot me an email or leave it in the comments!

Happy Monday, y'all :)




  1. Ahh, all perfect picks! My Business Fraternity has a Business Casual/Business Professional dress code for some of our Chapter meetings and I love mixing it up with different pieces to spice it up a little! Having a few different types of blazers really makes a world of difference to your wardrobe!
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

  2. Great choices! My job calls for business formal attire, but I rarely rock a full suit unless I have to. I'd rather wear dresses on most days, as well as skirts and pants with blouses. In addition to your stores that you listed, I find great pieces at Banana Republic!

  3. I couldn't agree more with these work staples! I wear my pixie pants at least once a week with a colorful/patterned cami and a blazer over top. I love the color of the pants you posted. Might have to grab those!

    How 2 Wear It []

  4. These are great staples! I worked at J Crew for several years and got hooked on their Minnie pants. They are my go-to professional pants! They pair perfectly with Elsa tops, button downs, and blazers!

    Carley @ preppy lane

  5. These are all great staples! I love wearing button downs with jeans for a more casual look and pencil skirts just make me feel super professional.

  6. I can't wait to see the rest of the posts in this series!! My summer retail job has a dress code, so I wear a lot of nicer sundresses, blazers/cardigans and nice pants to work in the summer! Great picks in this post. :-)

    xoxo A

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  8. Your work wardrobe choices are gorgeous! I've always loved a nice button-down. Being self employed and working from home, my work wardrobe consists of palazzo pants and a sweater :)

  9. I love the outfits you chose. Blazers are such a must for the office AC!

  10. Love pixie pants and pencil skirts.
    My go-to item is definitely a dress, flats, and a cardigan though.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  11. This is so great! I definitely needed this!

  12. I totally agree with all of these. I really need to improve my business casual attire, so I'm excited to see some inspiration.

  13. I love these picks! I am in dire need of a pencil skirt and a good fitting blazer
    Alexandra |

  14. So this post just made me realize I need to buy more wardrobe staples! Love the pencil skirts you chose!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  15. I absolutely love wear to work fashion - a blazer is one of my absolutely favorite pieces. Also shift dresses (of the appropriate length) are always my best friend! So happy to hear you're enjoying the new job so far!!

    Pick Your Beau

  16. Even as a teacher, I think all of these are wardrobe staples!!! These are pieces that are necessity in any working girls closet!

    xo Ashley

  17. I've always struggled with the whole smart/casual thing. Like, one category is hard enough for me... Seriously, haha. I love the pixie pants and I'm also in love with the pink and white pencil skirt you posted. It's beautiful!

  18. Blazers and pencil skirts have been my go-to! Once it gets cooler out I'm going to need to invest in a few more dress pants. Thanks for giving me store ideas because I didn't know where to find dress pants that were still going to be youthful, and not frumpy.

  19. I need to bookmark this post for whenever I get a job with a strict dress code, haha! I've been lucky to work in pretty casual environments post-grad and surprisingly DC office dress codes are lax, but I think a blazer, a pencil skirt and a button down are essential for any office!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  20. I love all the pieces you've chosen for professional looks! I think it's really important to look professional and stylish at the same time. My staple must be a blazer! :D


  21. I think fun dresses are a really important addition to a work wardrobe, as you said. Even on days you just really AREN'T feeling it, hair in a bun and on the run, if you just throw on a pretty dress it's easy and you don't have to worry about pairing things together or if you like how the whole ensemble looks.

    Shian | The Fashion Investigator

  22. Almost all of my dress that I wear to work are Lilly! They are the perfect mix of fun and classy

  23. I've been looking for a few new business fashion pieces, and this post helped me narrow down a few selections! Loving that pink skirt!

  24. I have never actually worked at a full 9-5 job. When I was a student worker I tried not to come to work or class in like sweats. I usually wore nice jeans and a blouse or a dress because dresses are great for looking put together when you only want to put on one thing.

  25. Button-up shirts are my JAM all year round. I love rolling the sleeves up in warmer weather, but then layering things with flowier cardigans and sweather come fall!

    Coming Up Roses

  26. I love blazers as they make any outfit look professional. Also, I have a thing for striped tops/dresses/skirts xD

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  27. I think my favorite work wardrobe staple would have to be a great pair of wide legged trouser pants! They really make me feel like I'm a boss and tucking in a crisp white button up with them really makes me feel the part :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista