The majority of your closet is likely dedicated to work clothes (unless you WFH and live in sweats, in which case, I'm jealous). There are the black dress pants you wear three times a week, the sweater you live in for winter, and the shirt dress you throw on when all else fails. So it makes sense that—whenever you're going shopping—new items have to also be "work appropriate." After all, you dress for the office more than anywhere else. Before you fork over $300 for a pair of designer slacks, however, remember there are plenty of affordable, professional pieces out there. You can find cute blouses or pencil skirts for under $150 (or under $100 even). As proof, we've done the shopping for you, ahead.
Your hunt for an affordable blazer that looks expensive is over; this double-breasted maroon blazer from Halogen checks off both boxes. It's a swanky upgrade from cardigans, but not too stuffy that you can't wear it with jeans to brunch. We'll be scooping up this work-to-weekend jacket in two other colors, black and blue, too.
For the past five years, I've used this tote as a carryall for my laptop, water bottle, lunch, and sneakers. It served me well, and I beat it up. But at an affordable $49, I didn't hesitate to invest in a second one—especially now that I know it'll last me until 2024.
Marie Kondo your tights drawer and toss out the old ones that don't spark joy. Then, replace with this under-$20 pair from J.Crew that promises sleek style and a comfortable fit. And if you're interested in the manufacturing backstory, these tights are made in the USA at a century-old mill in North Carolina.
Don't wear a blazer over this satin top—let the bow on your shoulder shine. Styling it requires hardly any effort because the floral print and yellow hue stand out plenty on their own. Simply tuck it into jeans and wear with flats or a white pump.
First, these chic leather ankle boots are on sale. Second, I need them. They look cooler than Chelsea boots and less painful to wear than heels, which means these shoes might just be the one thing I wear to death this season. Style with a sweater and skirt or underneath a flowing maxi dress.
One of the most basic, versatile pieces is the camisole. This one strikes the right balance between modesty and femininity with sheer paneling and delicate spaghetti straps. Layer under a blazer or cardigan or over a long-sleeve tee. If you're not a fan of the pastel pink, it comes in five other colors.
A leather skirt will make you look put together even if you don't feel like it. This classic, structured piece works well with everything from pumps to white sneakers. And, it says you mean business. Don't be afraid to voice your opinions at that big meeting—you're wearing the
pants skirt after all.
For a cool alternative to the work bag, stuff everything you need into this shopper tote that doubles as a weekender bag. Its vibe is totally fashun...and at less than forty dollars.
If your job lets you wear anything you want, why not push the creative boundary with this blue python printed dress? It's truly a statement look that'll boost your confidence and add up your style cred. Layer tights underneath if the weather's cold.
This is Everlane's first non-prickly alpaca sweater and also one of the most popular items on its website. It has a cool rib pattern, a crew neckline, and a soft, plushy—almost airy—feel. You can layer it over another top or wear it with slacks for a casual-meets-business look.
Your very corporate job might limit what you can and can't wear, but you can always add color and personality with your accessories. This pair of mint-and-peach-colored earrings will provide a funky contrast to your white button-down shirts or liven up a black suit set. They're interesting, but not overly flashy.
This two-tone cardigan now has a permanent place on the back of my chair. The colors will go seamlessly with pretty much everything, so you don't have to think twice about matching. When the office AC starts blasting (or if you neglected to layer up), this long cardigan has your back.
A lace top that you can tuck into any type of bottom is crucial to getting dressed quickly. It's polished and elegant with its high-neck collar, and lace trim keep it from being snoozy. This will become your safety top five out of the seven days.
Whatever industry you work in, it never hurts to own at least one pair of menswear-inspired trousers. This one from Banana Republic is formulated with extra stretch (for days you had a heavy lunch) and is machine washable, so you can quickly wear them again. Bring on the meetings and presentations—you and your pants got this.
These classic spotted loafers come in a ladylike silhouette with a pointed toe and tiny heel. They can be dressed up with a leather skirt or dressed down with jeans. Play it safe and order two of these babies just in case—you're going to wear them...a lot.