Work Wardrobe Basics

This post was inspired by my sister, a young teacher who sometimes struggles with what to wear to work. She loves bright colors and prints, but needs some nice neutral pieces to make them work in a professional setting. So I created this must-have list of work wardrobe basics that every woman should have in her closet:

Work Wardrobe Essentials


  • White button down shirt
  • Black dress pants
  • Neutral colored sheath dress
  • Neutral colored cardigan
  • Neutral colored blazer
  • Stand-out skinny belt (think red or leopard print)
  • Black pumps
  • Comfortable Flats
  • Neutral colored shell or dressy tank
  • Neutral colored pencil skirt

Once you’ve got your essentials in place, you can easily add items that reflect your personality, experiment with color trends, or prints. But when it comes to building your core wardrobe, it’s important to invest in quality, well fitting pieces that will last a long time before needing to be replaced. Don’t worry, there’s no need to over budget, I’ve found some great deals on my favorite brands on flash sale sights like Gilt, so keep your eyes peeled! Investing in nicer pieces will actually save you money in the long run, leaving more cash in your pocket for a Friday night happy hour with co-workers.

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