The Businesswoman’s Guide to Building a Work Wardrobe

Women are more than the clothes they wear, but in places like the office, where we spend most of our days, looking presentable and being comfortable are very important. As a businesswoman, what you wear can help boost your confidence during presentations and client meetings, and it’s one of those things that can help you make a good first impression right off the bat. But if you’re still a little confused about how to get started, here’s how to put together a work wardrobe you would want to wear every day:

Invest in tailored suits and pants

Over the last 50 years, the traditional suit has gone through many changes, but it still remains the best go-to outfit for women as you look to climb the corporate ladder. The key is to have a few pieces tailored for you, because you can never go wrong with a well-tailored suit. If you’re still on the fence about it,  Glamour’s list of suits might just change your mind with beautiful pieces like Staud Teddy’s Blazer , Mango Wool’s suit blazer, and & Other Stories’ corduroy blazer.

Go for pieces you can mix and match

Timeless pieces not only make your wardrobe incredibly versatile, but they also save you a lot of money in the long run. Take inspiration from these wide-leg pants at Alice + Olivia Dyland , which go with Likely’s Amelia Blazer exceedingly well. A button-down shirt is also a casual must-have and is a great option if you want to look chic and stylish without much effort. The button-down shirt on Woman Within comes in beautiful colors and prints, which shows just how versatile they can be — perfect for relaxed team meetings and more formal business events. Don’t be afraid to go for bold colors and patterns from time to time, as these can put a fresh spin on classic pieces.

Pick Statement Jewelry

Accessories can make your outfit even more sophisticated. Even the simplest coat and jacket can look chic and stylish with some statement earrings or bracelets. These flower drop beaded earrings from Oscar de la Renta are great for busy days when you just want to throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Watches and necklaces are also great accessories to invest in.

Opt for High-Quality Dress Shoes

When it comes to shoes, don’t think you need to compromise comfort for style. There are high-quality, comfy shoes like the Paul Green Velma Ankle Strap Sandal or the LifeStride Shane Slingbacks that not only look good, but also feel good when you wear them. The Olivia K Close Round Toe Low Wedge is also a great choice. It’s easy to walk in, looks very stylish, and comes in nine cool colors.

Go For Real Leather Bags

Your work bags are as much a part of your wardrobe as anything else, so make sure you invest in one as well. If you don’t carry much to the office, you can opt for small handbags for your essentials. But for those who commute to work and carry a laptop, you can choose a knapsack like the MZ Wallace. It has enough space for your planner and a dedicated padded compartment for your laptop.

Complement your new set of clothes with the right skincare products and routine. Our list of ‘5 Sunscreens Perfect for Dark Skin’  will give you an idea of the best one to include in your on-the-go makeup kit. Don’t skimp on your skincare products, as good skin can help you look and feel more confident — along with the wardrobe essentials listed above — to conquer whatever challenges await you.

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