Ever felt like you have so many clothes, but nothing to wear to work? Then this post is for you. We want to help you streamline your workwear wardrobe to create a capsule of clothing that makes you feel confident and ready for whatever your day entails. So, we put together a list of five workwear wardrobe essentials that can be easily paired together or with the clothing you already own for endless outfit ideas. Trends will come and go, but these timeless styles will help you build a workwear wardrobe foundation that you’ll be wearing for years to come. These pieces are also incredibly versatile, so while they make great workwear, they can also be styled for brunch or an evening out. Lastly, they’re all super comfortable, so you’ll be excited to reach for them for work, weekend and everything in between. Ready to make your workday mornings so much easier? Read on!
A good pencil skirt will pair perfectly with just about any top in your wardrobe and it’s a flattering, timeless silhouette that will never get old. However, an issue with traditional pencil skirts is that there’s often a trade-off between a longer length for a more work-friendly look or a shorter length that’s easier to move in. The solution to this problem? Stretch. Going with a fabric like the micro scuba used for our Performance Pencil Skirt allows you to have the sleek look of a knee-length pencil skirt without feeling like your movement is restricted.
One of the most quintessential workwear wardrobe pieces for a lot of women is a blazer. They layer well over just about anything and make any outfit look instantly more sophisticated - workwear or not. If you’re working from home, a blazer is such a great piece to keep handy to throw on during zoom meetings to instantly look put-together, even if you’ve been working in a t-shirt and sweatpants all day. As stylish and versatile as blazers are, one of the few drawbacks is that they’re typically made from stiff, uncomfortable fabrics, like polyester. We wanted to make a blazer as comfortable as your favourite hoodie, which is why our Unblazer is made from a soft, cozy bamboo and merino wool blend.
(@thenordnest wearing the Encircled Unblazer)
Mock Neck Top
A mock neck may not be what immediately comes to mind when you think of workwear wardrobe staples, but hear us out on this one. Sometimes, you just need a piece that can be easily layered under a blazer or tucked into a pencil skirt, but a basic t-shirt is too casual for the look. A mock neck will pair well with just about anything and can easily be dressed up or down, they’re the perfect elevated basic. Adding a different texture to an outfit is another great way to elevate your look, which is why we love the luxuriously-soft, stretchy bamboo ribbed fabric used for our Dressy Mock Neck Top.
Finding a work dress that checks all the boxes is easier said than done, but when you do find one, it will be a go-to in your wardrobe. Wear the dress on its own on days where you have limited time to decide what to wear, or throw on a jacket and some accessories to completely change up the look. A couple of things to look for when choosing a work dress are a timeless, classic silhouette and comfortable, low maintenance-fabric. Though it’s a dress you’ll be wearing to work a lot, choosing a classic silhouette will allow you to easily style the dress for multiple occasions outside of work and will prevent it from looking dated in a few years. In terms of fabric, you don’t want to compromise here. Stretchy, comfy dresses do exist - our Performance Work Dress is proof. Made from luxe, light-weight scuba fabric that stretches and moves with you like activewear, this fabric is also machine-washable and anti-wrinkle, so you can wear your comfiest dress over and over without weekly trips to the dry-cleaners.
A dressy shirt that you can easily pair with trousers or a pencil skirt, while still being comfortable is key. If traditional cotton button-ups haven’t been working for you, we encourage you to try something with an elegant, drapey silhouette like our Comfy Dress Shirt. You’ll achieve the same sophisticated look, but with a much more comfortable feel.
Let us know in the comments what pieces you're looking to add to your workwear wardrobe next!