It’s back to work this week. We show you how to create a sophisticated but versatile office wardrobe.

office-wardrobe

The fact that you’re creating a new look for every day of the week doesn’t mean you have to buy 365 new outfits. The key to creating a versatile office wardrobe is stocking up on mix-and-match items with which you can create various original and flattering looks.

In order to create the correct look, you need to have a good idea of the dress code at your new workplace. You want to create an approachable but respectable image.

Formal

Formal office-wear is usually the easiest to work with. Invest in two or three well-tailored suits that you can team with crisp shirts and a pair of Mary Janes in winter and formal sandals in summer. The masculine look is highly fashionable at the moment, with blazers, crisp white shirts and waistcoats gaining renewed popularity. Just pick a celebrity muse and you’ll have the look locked down.

Semi-casual

Stock up on cute cropped jackets and shirts that you can team with denims and T-shirts. Buy at least five different pairs of jeans as you don’t want to have to wear the same pair every day. Choose dark denims as they’re flattering and look more professional.

Casual

Just because everyone’s wearing denims and T’s doesn’t mean you should neglect your look. It’s called casual – not scruffy. Wash and iron your clothes before you wear them. Invest in a pair of classic white linen pants as they complement every shape and can be worn with almost anything. Steer clear of miniskirts and dresses – rather opt for a knee-length version. If you’re wearing T-shirts, steer clear of risqué slogans and glitter detail.

Five steps to office chic

• Choose up to five main fashion pieces, such as a high-waisted skirt, a pair of dark denims, a black blazer, a pair of black pants and a well-tailored suit.

• Regardless of the dress code, you can’t go wrong with crisp shirts. These versatile items add chic to any outfit. For more options, get one in a variety of colours that complement your skin tone and try various styles, like bowtie shirts, button-ups, V-necks, printed shirts and zip-ups.

• If you can’t do without your T-shirts and jeans, dress them up by pairing them with formal items, such as a blazer or wide-legged trousers, heels and simple accessories.

• Keep accessories to a minimum because you don’t want to come off looking over-styled. A beautifully designed watch and a pair of simple earrings should complement any office look well.

• The ultimate work shoe is a pair of sexy Mary Janes. But if you can’t see yourself pulling off heels from nine to five, pumps are an equally chic alternative. Unless your office environment is really casual, sandals are a no-no.

Have a stylish week!

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