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15 Pieces You Need in Your Work Wardrobe

Your pre-coffee morning routine will thank you.

Design by Katja Cho

Even for fashion diehards, getting ready for work every morning pre-coffee isn't easy. The best hack? Stocking your closet with a slew of staples that are both wearable and classic. Here find the 15 pieces we can't live without.

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A Silk Blouse

You'll feel like a million bucks when you slip it on (so soft) and look totally polished.

Frame Denim Le Bow Silk-Georgette Blouse, $270; net-a-porter.com.


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A Leather Pencil Skirt

Totally versatile, yet statement-making, it's the work wardrobe equivalent of your go-to pair of jeans.

Diane von Furstenberg Roxanne Leather Skirt, $816; mytheresa.com.

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Ballet Flats

There's no chicer way to give your poor soles a break.

Sam Edelman Ballet Flats, $100; shopbop.com.


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A Trench Coat

It doesn't get more classic than a trench—not to mention, it goes with everything.

A.P.C. Vendee Cotton-Twill Trench Coat, $635; net-a-porter.com.

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Skin-Tone Heels

For an instant boost, throw on some skin-toned pumps to lengthen your stems.

Manolo Blahnik Court Pump, $595; barneys.com.


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A Chic Blazer

Your wardrobe will never be complete without an all-business blazer. For some extra edge, cuff the sleeves.

Maurices Knit Blazer with Striped Cuffs in Black, $49;maurices.com.


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A Sleek Turtleneck

A streamlined turtleneck is not only a great layering piece, but a high neck = fanciful ease.

Zara High Collar Top, $49.90; zara.com.


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The Tailored Suit

You should opt for a tailored suit with clean lines in any color that suits you, but lately we're loving white as it's bright and bold.

Topshop Premium Suit Jacket, $125;topshop.com.

Topshop Premium Suit Pants, $68; topshop.com.


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A Draped Top

Instead of opting for a plain T-shirt, go for a knit top with draped detail. It's just as comfy, but more feminine and form-fitting.

Maurices The Drape Neck Top in Black, $24; maurices.com.

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A Waist Belt

A simple black leather belt with silver detail will highlight your waist, but ensure you don't look over-accessorized.

ASOS Oversized Covered Buckle Wide Waist Belt, $26.87; asos.com.


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Slim-Fit Pants

If you're going to live in black pants, they need to fit you like a glove. A slim-fit silhouette and great tailoring are a must.

Maurices the Smart Trouser in Black with Slimming Technology; $39;maurices.com.


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Loafers

Give your look some borrowed-from-the-boys flair with a sharp pair of loafers.

Nine West True That Pointy Toe Loafers, $89; ninewest.com.


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A Shift Dress

We love an LBD, but a black and white print dress is a little more striking and still looks great with everything.

Black and White Dress, $39.00; maurices.com.

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The White Button-Up

Yes, it's basic, but it's also a classic...

J. Crew Factory Stretch Classic Button-Down Shirt, $54.50; factory.jcrew.com.


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A Chic Tote

You need a bag that's large enough for all your necessities, but not at the risk of looking like bag lady. A structured shape and beautiful detail are two prerequisites.

Maurices Satchel with Decorative Lock, $49; maurices.com.

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