I know, I can’t believe I’m doing a whole post NOT centered around active wear either. But you guys keep asking for it, so here we are. Besides, as much as I fight wearing real clothes, they are required for life (sometimes , depending on your job).
I think the biggest trick with a solid work wardrobe is that you actually don’t need that much. The best advice I was ever given was very profound.
“Black pants, no one knows.”
Ground breaking, yes? So with that, let’s get to the perfect black pants from Gap. Just the right amount of stretch, no gap in the back, and two magic words: machine washable.
Normally I am pretty anti-high heels, but these 12 hour pumps from Banana Republic are very very comfortable, reasonably priced and come in a ton of different colors.
I am in the car driving A LOT for work. There is nothing worse sitting in uncomfortable itchy clothes like a little kid who can’t sit still in church. This blazer made out of a sweatshirt like material is the perfect answer. It gives you the polished look of a blazer while still being incredibly soft and comfortable. The other benefit of an unstructured fabric is that it doesn’t really require tailoring, even you have a larger chest. Usually, blazers are a big challenge if you have boobs at all, but this lays really nicely.
Under a blazer, I will almost always layer and plain white t-shirt or a color blouse. For a colorful option, I really like options like this ballet tee, a pretty lace detail, or a split neck blouse. All of these are cute paired with jeans, tucked into a pencil skirt, or with above black pants.
For a t-shirt option, I am super impressed with Lululemon’s latest tee. You didn’t think I’d get through the whole post without slipping some activewear in there did you? It isn’t too see through (I still wear a nude bra with it, but it isn’t paper thin), and the fabric looks expensive enough to be worn with a blazer and/or tucked into a pencil skirt.
Speaking of pencil skirts, I have been wearing J Crew’s classic pencil skirt since I ever first got a job out of college. It is super comfortable and comes in different colors. I have purchased other pencil skirts from other places and this one is still the one I come back to as a favorite.
I call this the Rachel Zane, if you watch suits, you will get my reference. Don’t worry – I don’t look like that in my work clothes either. Possibly because I refuse to wear anything that tight fitting.
I tend to gravitate towards a lot of neutrals with pops of color like a shoe or top, so that it is easier to mix and match and get more for my money. You can definitely do a lot without having to buy a ton or break the bank. I would concentrate on fit, versatility, and fabric and you will get a lot of options.
I hope this post helped you think of ways to build a good wardrobe for work! Just a reminder – I may be compensated through my affiliate links in this post, but all opinions are my own. This compensation is used to keep this blog up and running!