Modernizing Your Workwear Wardrobe

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I haven't worked with a formal dress code for a long time, but can still remember how hard it was to dress and shop for work. I still empathize with my friends who do and when one of them complained about how tired her wardrobe has been feeling recently, we decided to go through and change out a couple key pieces. Just a few updates and it felt like there was new life in her workwear arsenal. Here are some of the changes we made. 

skirt left, right

skirt left, right

Just about every woman I know owns a classic black pencil skirt, but this camel-colored asymmetrical version has enough special details to make even a simple blouse appear updated. Bonus: The skirt looks equally as good with a slouchy tank top and flats for the weekend. 

top left, right

top left, right

I've share my love for a white button down over and over again, but the subtle embroidery on the right has a fun bohemian feel. It's still in a conservative cut, but could add a playful new touch to favorite blazer or trousers. 

pants left, right

pants left, right

Though I love a tapered pinstripe pant, this checked pattern is special. It doesn't have much hanger appeal, but sits high on the waist and is cropped above the ankle, with slight flares. It's basically the office version of "cool-girl" flared jean.

{Outerwear left, right}

{Outerwear left, right}

When worn over a long sleeve dress or blouse, this thigh-length sleeveless vest can replace your typical blazer. Because it's a slightly less conventional option, I'd recommend buying a neutral color like white or black. 

{Shoes left, right}

{Shoes left, right}

With a block heel and mary-jane strap, these pumps are the updated version of the stiletto. I'm partial to the strap around the ankle, which prevents them from slipping off when I wear tights.

Bag left, right

Bag left, right

It's tough to find a good workbag, so when you discover one that's roomy, has enough pockets and is sturdy, it's hard to pass it up. I always recommend when you find your perfect version, purchase another one in a bright, cheerful hue. When you do choose to wear a basic outfit, the bag will add an eye-catching pop of color.