How to build a wardrobe suitable for work

This post is for women who just started working and are finding it hard to build a work appropriate wardrobe.

 Before you start building a work ready wardrobe, you need to know what kind of environment your work has. Is it formal? Is it business casual? Based on that information, here is how you build your wardrobe:

Step 1:
Start by pulling out all your clothes from your closet. You can use this occasion to completly clean your closet by deciding on what to still use and what to purge. Then from the pile of clothes you decide to keep, chose five basic color bottoms. Basic solid colors are black, white, brown, grey, beige and navy. They can be paired with any other color:

- black formal slacks
- grey formal slacks
- blue skinny jeans
- beige or tan  pants
- navy pencil skirt

Step 2: Choose basic tops. These are tops you absolutely need on a daily basis:


Tops par sinnistre 

- a white buttoned down shirt
- a black bodysuit
- a grey tee
- a chambray shirt

Step 3: Add outerwear. Here are the ones that you should get:


- a black blazer
- a black oversized cardigan
- a trenchcoat or utility jacket
- a denim jacket

Step 4: Add print and colors.
This is where things gey tricky for, if you are like me, you could not choose only one print and one color. But it is best to gravitate towards print and colors that suits you.

Colors and Prints

- a striped buttoned down
- a hot pink blouse
- an orange skater dress
- a floral kimono
- leopard printed jeans

Step 5: Add accessories
Add your shoes and bags.


For the shoes, I recommand:
- black pointed toe pumps
- colored ballerina flats
- brown wedges or sandals

For the bags:
- Black leather tote bag
- Beige or cream tote bag
- Over the shoulder bag

Step 5: Go shopping

If for some reason, you see that you are missing one key element to your wardrobe, go shop for it; But invest in well made timeless elements that will make dressing up in the morning super easy like tees; and not trendy clothes that will fade away next season.

There you have it. With all these elements, you can build yourself a solid and reliable wardrobe. And by mixing and matching, you can increase the number of outfits you already wear. With time, you will have a solid and reliable work appropriate wardrobe. Here is just an example of what you can do:

work wardrobe


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