It's tempting, when facing the perpetual what-the-hell-do-I-wear-to-work conundrum, to just throw your hands in the air, head to your nearest J.Crew, and buy one of everything. But any seasoned office drone (*winks*) knows you only really need a slim selection of items in order to truly master "business-casual" attire. Ahead, 20 cool-girl workwear essentials worth stocking up on, even if you're only on an assistant's budget.More
An ideal sleeveless vest for warmer days that's like a trench without the arms: wrap it over a dress for an added layer of warmth and style.
Soft Fabric Vest, $40; mango.com.
A fitted bomber jacket that won't feel too trendy to wear again and again.
Wilfred Poussin Bomber, $198; us.aritzia.com.