5 Must-Have Office Wardrobe Staples

Published October 2016, lesnaly.com


Office wardrobe staples can make the modern career woman’s closet. Even once you’ve mastered the art of getting dressed for work, certain pieces can still add that extra “oomph” to your style. The items that you consider to be office wardrobe staples should be polished, professional, and serve a purpose.

There’s a number of go-to pieces that meet these criteria. However, a work bag, watch, trousers, blazer, and wrap dress definitely top the list.

Work Bag


Never underestimate the power of a good bag. It looks sloppy to unpack folded papers, mismatched pens, and makeup-stained business cards from your purse. From structured totes to briefcase styles, a work bag should have ample space for a number of supplies and everyday items. For example, this Faux Leather Tote and Wristlet from Street Level has a large silhouette with a removable envelope-flap pouch. The shape of this bag, along with its interior organization features, make it easy to navigate and find specific items. 



Modern technology allows us to glance down at our phone for every little need. However, a watch can still serve a very important purpose. Timepieces are sophisticated and show that you mean business. The Mercer from Rosefield Watches is a particular standout. The simple item has a sharp, minimal design that shows devotion to timeliness and professionalism. Gold or silver accessories, like The Mercer, also have the tendency to be versatile enough to wear with every piece you own. 



Trousers designed specifically for a work wardrobe can transform even the simplest of outfits. A basic cotton T-shirt or sweater can suddenly become perfect pieces for the office with the addition of a sleek pair of pants. A favorite for fall is Elie Tahari’s Jillian Slim Pant. The wool/elastane/polyester blend of the trouser, which features a streamline fit, is luxe and put together. Look for a pant that fits you well, is in a more neutral color, and is made from easy-to- care-for fabric. If styled correctly, you’re likely to get a lot of wear out of them both in and outside of the office. 



Blazers are somewhat obvious office wardrobe staples. Much like a good pair of trousers, they can easily elevate an outfit. From after work drinks to the board room, blazers add an extra layer of professionalism to a look. This Noir Blazer from Blaque Label is attractive with its relaxed yet structured silhouette. However, blazers with quarter length sleeves, buttons, broad shoulders, and more can also work for the office. Find a blazer that compliments a majority of the items you already have in your wardrobe and wear it every chance you get.  

Wrap Dress 


While shift, A-line, and sheath dresses can all be appropriate for the office, a wrap dress is a classic for a reason. The piece is comfortable and polished. Cinching in at the waist, it helps create a flattering silhouette for a variety of figures without looking too relaxed. Diane Von Furstenberg’s New Jeanne Two Jersey Wrap Dress is a great go-to, but there’s plenty of options when it comes to the style. From long sleeves, midi lengths, prints, and more, a wrap dress is an item that you can throw on when you’re not sure what to wear and still look like a million bucks. 

Don’t be afraid to save and splurge on office wardrobe staples. The pieces above are items that you can wear for every job. From meetings, lunch outings, and errands, all of these pieces look put together and prepare you for whatever professional endeavors you may encounter.

What are your must-have office wardrobe staples? Did any of your favorite items make our list? Let us know in the comment section!

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