Going shopping might just be the best career move you make.
Don't let the office cramp your style. All it takes to be fashionable and 9-to-5- appropriate are a handful of classics to mix in with trendier pieces. The secret to finding these wardrobe workhorses? Look for basics that have a certain je ne sais quoi via interesting details and beautiful (long-wearing) fabrics. We rounded up five of our favorites.
This season was all about the bucket bag, and Tory Burch's chic new version is both on-trend and big enough to stash your work essentials (like a spare umbrella or a pair of flats). Pair it with an office-appropriate, go-to combination of black pants and white top, but look for special details, such as a kicked out pant hem and tuxedo shirt with pleating.
Tory Burch bag, $425, nordstrom.com; J.Crew shirt, $60, jcrew.com; Theory pants, $275, nordstrom.com; Vince shoes, $325, nordstrom.com; Lagos earrings, $650, nordstrom.com.
Nothing beats a classic black blazer when it comes to versatility, and this is an investment piece worthy of a splurge. Wear it with pants to create a chic suit; a skirt; or thrown over jeans and a t-shirt on the weekends. Our styling trick: Look for a skirt with a twist (like the buttons on this TopShop version), and don't be afraid to veer away from black.
Vince Camuto blazer, $169, nordstrom.com; Vince top, $245, nordstrom.com; Topshop skirt, $95,topshop.com; Zara shoes, $39.90, zara.com; Kate Spade bag, $278, nordstrom.com.
The key to finding a great pair of basic pumps is the heel—always stick to the same color and material. Not only will a nude pump go with almost any outfit, it's a closet-keeper for the long haul (and will make this season's mid-length dress look great on anyone).
Kate Spade heels, $178, nordstrom.com; Theory dress, $255, theory.com; Rebecca Minkoff bag, $325, nordstrom.com; Jenny Bird earrings, $65, nordstrom.com.
Rather than the traditional black pencil skirt in stretch jersey or cotton, opt for black's chicer cousin—navy. This silk version is still professional enough to wear to the office (especially with a crisp white shirt), but also checks the fashionista box. Add statement accessories like snakeskin shoes and a cream bag for extra style points.
Vince skirt, $255, nordstrom.com; Theory top, $225, nordstrom.com; Louise et Cie shoes, $99.95, nordstrom.com; Tory Burch bag, $495, nordstrom.com; Gabriela Artigas choker, $320, quietstorms.com.
It's a proven fact that tailored pieces flatter everyone. The beauty of this option is that it looks great with almost anything you wear it with—flowy, wide leg pants, sleek cigarette trousers, or a pencil skirt.
J.Crew top, $55, nordstrom.com; Frame pants, $375, nordstrom.com; Kate Spade shoes, $298, nordstrom.com; Michael Kors bag, $298, nordstrom.com.