Kayla Heisler
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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

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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.

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