"What should I wear to work?"
This is an age old question and quite frankly, something you just have to bob and weave through to make sure you fit your office culture.
If you are a freelancer, then you may not need these types of outfits every day, but best to have them for a client meeting or video call. In-office workers or small business owners may want to take notes below--as you will be out and about more often.
There is no set way everyone dresses and it's best to observe those already in the business to see what they are wearing and what you could buy for a new job you may have been hired for.
Below are some suggestions of office staples and how many of each you should have. We made this all encompassing by adding a male and female list.
-Three pairs of slacks (black, beige and grey)
-Three white button down shirts
-Two monochromatic button downs (tones of grey and black)
-Two colored shirts (typical office colors being evergreen and burgundy--but be creative)
-Three blazers (casual, but professional so you can use out of work)
-One suit for holiday parties (if applicable) or any other special occasion.
-Five ties (if you want to get a tacky one just because, go for it!)
-Two pairs of nice work shoes (comfort is key, but do not get too casual)
-Three pairs of button down shirts (patterned, solid)
-Five office short-sleeve shirts to be worn with a blazer on top (comfortable cotton in shades of white, black, and office colors)
-Three blazers (Boyfriend blazers for casual setting and traditional blazers for a more business setting)
-Two pencil skirts (use what colors you already own in shirts to make a decision on what skirts to buy)
-Three pairs of Twill slacks. I suggest Twill because it tends to drag less on the floor--for short women like myself.
-Two pairs of practical heals. When I say practical, I mean heals you won't regret wearing an hour into work so about 2" heals.
-Two pairs of professional flats for comfort and office style.
-A nice computer bag
-Hair accessories such as clips and headbands
-Black ankle cut socks
-A can-do attitude
Hope this helped! Add any suggestions you may have to the comments below.
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