At Twist OP we deal in office staples; pens, paper, toner… those essential items you must have in the office.
Well, there are some other office staples (no pun intended) that are just as important. Have you ever stood in front of your closet and wondered what to wear to work? Well we have! So we have combined the top 7 staples that experts recommend for your office wardrobe.
1. The Button-Up Shirt
The white shirt is a timeless fashion item that has retained its relevance all the way from the 20′s. A crisp white blouse is an essential item to complete your office look. There are so many ways you can work around a white shirt! You can wear it with any color and it looks good with a skirt or trousers. You can wear it on its own, add on a jacket for that touch of classiness, wear it under a sweater for a preppy look, or tucked out with jeans for after work or casual days. While a variety of white blouses, from the ruffled front to the short-sleeved version, are perfect for the office, nothing beats the classic tailored look. Make sure to pick a style that flatters your figure. Clean, white shirts will never go out of fashion so buy one that you’re confident you’ll want to wear for a long time!
2. The Pencil Skirt
A simple and elegant black pencil skirt is a staple for any woman's wardrobe. You can couple it with something on the casual side like a blouse or a sweater or something a little more formal like a suit jacket. And because a black pencil skirt is a versatile piece of clothing, you can wear it with a variety of tops in one week, and your co-workers will be none the wiser. Choosing the right pencil skirt that compliments your body shape is the key to making you look slender. Wear it with a top tucked in to elongate your legs, or keep your top untucked for a more relaxed look.
3. The Trouser
These are more or less the Holy Grail of the office wardrobe. A pair of wide-leg trousers in a neutral color is a go-to office piece. Khaki, navy, brown or gray will go perfectly with a variety of professional tops. Trousers are great because they’re comfortable (if you buy the right pair), while giving you a polished look. Trousers come in all different shapes and colors so make sure you try them on in the fitting room before purchasing your perfect pair. The wide-leg cut flatters most figures and looks stylish and sophisticated. When picking out a pair of trousers, avoid pleats and extra pockets; simplicity is key. Just slip on a tailored blouse, fitted sweater and thin belt, and you'll be set for a day at the office. Or match your trousers with a more casual top for a sophisticated weekend or after-work look.
4. The Blazer
When you think office, you think suits. However in case of a more casual work environment the classic blazer can be the item defining an office outfit. It is actually a versatile piece that works equally well for casual outfits. You can combine it with floral shirts and pleated skirts, but also wear it over a casual top and skinny jeans in case you need a more casual clothing style. Throwing on a blazer in the office can help you fight the freezing air conditioning too!
5. The Dress
We can thank Mad Men characters like Joan and Peggy for making the feminine shift dress an ultimate office wardrobe must-have item. It should be well-tailored and in a neutral color like black, navy, grey or camel. The basic little black dress goes to work and can be accessorized to take you on to cocktails and dinner. In the day, wear your LBD with a blazer and you will look sleek and smart to rock that important presentation. Pair with heels and a chunky neck-piece and instantly become the belle of the boardroom or add a pop-of-color bag and quickly switch from office to evening.
6. The Shoes
Shoes are a great finishing touch to the perfect outfit. Black pumps are the most versatile while nude is becoming the new black. You can wear a classic pump with almost everything, from skirts to trousers, to dresses. The key to picking out a pair of pumps for the office is comfort. Designers like Cole Haan and Kenneth Cole design pumps that incorporate the technology of running shoes to ensure comfort. When buying a pair of pumps, avoid super-high heels and aim for foot coverage. Go for a round toe, peep toe or pointy toe look to keep things simple. Nice, clean heels are always a good choice, but if you’re not comfortable wearing heels throughout the workday, try a polished flat.
7. 'The' Bag
Even if you don't carry a briefcase to work, you'll want to make sure that the bag you're toting around is stylish and sophisticated. A high-quality black or brown leather handbag or tote can both serve as a purse and give you room to bring home files or other office essentials. 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.The bonus being it makes a cute weekend bag too.
Black & White
These two colors are the epitome of power dressing. Own as many colors, as many prints but a black and white combination always, always, always works for an important meeting or a Big Day. You can never go wrong with it. These are the safest colors to play with. Have a crisp white shirt and a black trouser as a staple in your wardrobe. Mix and match as you like but these 2 pieces are a must in your wardrobe.
When nothing seems to be right, just accessorize. Throw in a scarf or a statement necklace or earrings whenever in doubt and be sure of your look. This is one trick that always works. However unsure you may be of your look, accessorizing adds the required drama. Own a good number of scarves and statement jewelry pieces to rescue you from any dressing dilemma.
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.
A set of pearls can be a beautiful accent to any outfit. They’re perfect for the office and for a formal affair. Pearls aren’t just for those who prefer classic styles. There are many ways to wear them, and a long strand can be worn with a funkier outfit.
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