Annabel's Work Wear Edit
When it comes to our wardrobes, it’s no surprise that “work wear” makes up 99% of it. The Monday to Friday dressing conundrum is one that plagues a lot of us, a wardrobe full of office options yet nothing to actually wear. Throw in a global pandemic which sees us spending 99% of our time in sweats… the daily art of getting dressed really is a challenge.
A good wardrobe should host pieces that transcend these titles. A closet full of solid basics and statement accessories that can be mix-and-matched to create endless possibilities across these occasions. It can be done and I’m going to show you how. Forgetting the current trends for a minute, let’s focus on the wardrobe essentials every woman should own:
- White button-up shirt
- White, black, grey and a stripe t-shirt
- Tailored pants or skirt
- Black tailored dress (LBD)
- Print/ colour dress
- Black blazer
- Denim jeans (no rips, fraying or embellishments)
- Trench coat
These items are essential when building your wardrobe as they will never date and will work across a multitude of dress codes. The key is to know how to style them. The exact brand cut and shade of these pieces will depend on your body shape, lifestyle, colouring and budget so I encourage all of you to prioritise a personal styling session in order to establish this essential fashion base.
From here, we begin to add “personality” with statement colours, prints, silhouettes, and accessories that compliment YOU. If you’re feeling a “femme” look; incorporate pearls, lace, florals, bow details, collars, and a red lip. If you prefer an on-trend look; you might shop for loafers, masculine details, neon accessories, layered gold jewels and retro sunglasses. For my readers who rock a “bohemian” vibe; opt for suede, fringing, paisley prints, denim details, studded accessories, and loose, face-framing waves.
Whether you’re feeling girly and selecting from the LBD or stripe tee + skirt combo; or would prefer to keep it casual with jeans and a crisp, white shirt; the blazer is an essential piece in pulling together your corporate look. The addition of a well-designed jacket will immediately add polish and serve you through to after-work drinks. The tailored pants and trench coat add sophistication and the printed dress will work for those days you aren’t feeling your best and need an instant lift.
From here, tap into your own taste and incorporate colours such as Tan, Mustard, Red, Forest Green and Navy to elevate your look. Prints in the form of florals, stripes, animal prints (leopard, zebra, faux croc/ snake skin) and geometric shapes give outfits and certain body areas a much needed boost as does the cut of your dress and top (V-necklines to lengthen; Peplum tops to define your waist; and Boat-necklines to balance your hips).
Accessories in the form of belts, jewellery, handbags, and shoes are the final flourishing touch that will ultimately define your personal style. There is no “wrong” answer - just remember less is more and stick a maximum of 2 statement pieces at a time.
When the date ticks over to a Saturday, simply style your work wear with denim, sneakers, cross-body bags and tan accessories for a more casual approach. Come Saturday night, style with heels, oversized bling, clutch bag and unbutton/ cuff collars to show a little skin.
There you have it! A hard-working wardrobe that takes your corporate attire from day to night, Monday to Sunday, lounge chair to Zoom Call, where a few styling techniques and shoe changes can transform your entire look. The best part? You can well and truly justify that “cost per wear” on any expensive fashion items you’ve been eyeing off… they deserve to see the light of day EVERY day!