Have you ever had the feeling that you had a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear?
It happens to the best of us. Fortunately, you can avoid this pre-work dilemma by keeping your work wardrobe stocked with timeless, versatile pieces. Add these six items to your closet to totally refresh your office ensemble:
1. Black midi skirt
Dress it up or dress it down—this piece is a work wardrobe must! This staple can instantly become your go-to when you want a look that can range from understated or perfectly put together.
- Pair with a blouse featuring a bold graphic print and stand-out accessories to make a playful statement
- Wear a solid color top with simple, classic jewelry to create a look that’s simple, yet elegant
2. Crisp button-up
Lean into the classic or the cool with this key piece. Bringing this versatile basic into your closet will instantly step up your workwear game.
Accessorize with funky staples that make use of this blank canvas. Add a fun broach, cuffed, pants, and stylish heels for a fashion-forward style
Top your button up with a fitted blazer and pair with a pencil skirt and low heel for an ultra-polished vibe
3. Long black dress
While a little black dress is ideal for the weekend and special occasions, the long black dress is an ideal addition to have in your weekday rotation.
Go for a sleek take by cinching your waist with a black belt and throwing on a serious pair of killer pumps for monochrome drama
Bring out your fun side by layering with a printed scarf, cozy cardigan, and adding a bright pair of stylish flats
4. Tapered slacks
No item will help you get more out of your office wardrobe than a great pair of slacks. They’re the ultimate versatile office staple guaranteed to make getting out of the door in the morning way easier.
Create a classic ensemble by coordinating with a simple silk top and shrunken cardigan
Lean into your sophisticated side by pairing with a structured blouse and delicate gold jewelry
5. Structured sweater dress
Showing up to the office looking chic doesn’t mean you have to compromise on comfort! Adding a structured sweater dress to the mix can give you a perfect base for multiple looks that are as stylish as they are cozy.
Add a bright heel or wide belt for a pop of color while keeping the rest of the look simple
Top with a relaxed blazer and pair with tights to add another layer of dimension
6. Solid color knit
You can’t go wrong by adding an understated solid color top to your closet.
Add a touch of whimsy by pairing with an unexpected pattern on bottom
Layer with a silk vest and long skirt with coordinated scarf for a trendy take
Kayla Heisler is an essayist and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University, and her work appears in New York's Best Emerging Poets 2017 anthology.