Let’s face it: If you work outside the home, your work wardrobe is incredibly important.
But if you’re a simple gal who would rather not really think about your clothes, but you want to look the part and be taken seriously, you know you need to put some effort into your wardrobe.
I love clothes, but I don’t like to shop. Meaning, I like to look nice and I like putting outfits together, but throw me into the mall and my eyes glaze over. Just ask my kids and husband.
That’s why I like to build my wardrobe off good quality foundation pieces that all work together. Some might call it a capsule wardrobe. I like to call it how I’ve been dressing (without realizing it or calling it anything) since my teens.
Think about this: If I asked you to go into your closet right now and pull out the items you’ve worn in the last month, most of you would pull out the same 10 to 15 items. We naturally reach for the same things to wear day in and day out.
Why? Because they make us feel good. Because they fit us well. And because we know they work for us. (Whether you actually think you know that or not.)
Even if you think you have no style whatsoever, there’s something to be said about that favorite blazer you keep wearing. It could be that someone complimented the color on you. It could be the fact that it’s a blazer and it makes you feel kind of like a boss woman. Or it could be that it’s very comfortable and needs just a few adjustments.
I promise you there’s something about it that’s right, and there’s a reason it’s in your clothing rotation. You know more about your style than you’re giving yourself credit for!
Okay, so let’s dig into these 13 workwear essentials.
Let me preface this by saying this is a very basic and very simple wardrobe for the working woman. I am not saying, “This is all you should ever own so don’t you dare go out and buy another handbag”. The purpose of this guide is to give you a fabulous foundation for a wardrobe that all works together. Also, I hope it can show you how amazing ‘purchasing with intention’ can be.
This is my goal with these 20 outfit ideas from only 13 pieces of clothing. It’s also my new motto for Mom Fabulous:
To help busy women with daily life solutions so they can free up mental space and reduce daily decision stress.
I want to help you figure out solutions for things like your wardrobe (home, schedule, and meals coming soon!) so you can have the time and energy to focus on the things in life that really matter the most to YOU.
Whether that’s really being able to focus on the job you love or the job that’s necessary for you to have so you can provide a roof over your family’s head. Or maybe you’d like to spend some time volunteering somewhere. Or maybe you’d like to take a cooking class.
Whatever it is, I’d like to help give you some space in your mind and maybe even your schedule.
*If you would like a printable version of these outfit ideas, including a shopping list you can take with you to the store, please sign up via the form below to immediately receive your copy. I like to pin up printable outfit ideas in my closet for inspiration when I get dressed in the morning. When I’m in a rut, I just look over at the pages on my wall and I have instant, easy outfit ideas!
13 Workwear Essentials + 20 Outfits
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13 Workwear Wardrobe Essentials
20 Workwear Outfit Ideas
(*Prices subject to change)
Under $100: Zulily
Under $50: H&M Fitted Blazer
WHITE LONG SLEEVE BUTTON UP SHIRT:
LIGHT DRESS PANTS:
Under $200: Cigarette Pants from J. Crew
BLACK DRESS PANTS:
BLACK PENCIL SKIRT:
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