Key pieces for any work wardrobe

work wardrobeFinding a classic, simple and yet elegant style of clothing for your work wardrobe is a fine art.  With a few essential items, any wardrobe can be altered to suit your itinerary and your clothing needs.

check boxThe Pencil Skirt
The pencil skirt is a straight skirt, where the hem meets either above or just below the knee.  It can be extremely flattering when matched with a crisp shirt and waist length jacket.  The pencil skirt is highly versatile.  If you need to dress it down, you can do so by switching the shirt for a jumper.  Alternatively, you can switch heels for boots, depending on the weather.  The pencil skirt is of the most flattering items your wardrobe can possess.

check boxThe Shift Dress
The shift dress comes in many styles and colors.  If you manage to coordinate the color of your dress with a well fitted jacket and cardigan then you will have lots of interchangeable looks for day or night wear.  The ability to add a scarf can add a nice touch and also a splash of color.

check boxThe White Shirt
There is something very professional looking about a crisp white shirt.  Of course, many colors are available and you will probably have a variation of many in your wardrobe.  However, none of them will be as versatile as the white shirt.  It can be worn under a shift dress, with a pencil skirt, with trousers, under a tank top or with a cardigan.  If ironed to perfection, this item will go with pretty much everything you own.  The white shirt is often underestimated in its simplicity, yet is probably the most used item in your wardrobe.  White shirts can be found almost everywhere on the high street, however for a range of ladies shirts of guaranteed quality, visit Crew Clothing or Reiss.

check boxThe Jacket
The jacket is the complimentary item of an outfit.  Designed to keep you warm and looking professional it, if selected right, can be fully functional for both.  With many types of jacket available to buy you will be spoilt for choice.  The waist length jacket will flatter the curves of the waist allowing you freedom to move.  The waist length jacket is fully adaptable and should match any pencil skirt and shift dress of similar color.  No wardrobe is complete without an office jacket of some description.  Retailers such as Topshop and Jack Wills offer a variety of jackets.

check boxThe Cardigan
The cardigan has a multi-purpose office use.  On the one hand, it keeps you warm.  On the other hand, if selected right, your cardigan can truly compliment your overall look.  It can enable you to dress up or down, depending on the style and color that you choose.  Many women have a selection of cardigans in their wardrobe of differing hues to match all of their outfits.

The working woman’s wardrobe is a delicate operation to assemble.  It is finding the right combination between comfort ability and professionalism.  Just a few essential clothing items, varied with a scarf or piece of jewelry, can transform your look to adapt from office wear to night wear in just a few short minutes!

Suit up for Fall

With the autumn season quickly approaching it is a great time to start your search for suits.  Here are 3 different styles below.

This gorgeous deep green hue is perfect for fall – Ruffle Collar Jacket & Pencil Skirt

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Workchic Business Casual Look of the Week: Camel & Denim

Camel is being hailed as the new black for Fall 2010 and as you can see from the Fall ad campaign from Chloé  major design houses are showcasing the trend.  In my mind what is not to love about this classic color palette?  I especially love the use of chambray denim and camel.  It is a perfect combination for those business casual days at the office when you feel you want to put the emphasis on casual.

With a little help from Polyvore, I found some classic combinations of this timeless color duo that is just in time for the Fall season. 

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Camel Set by Workchic featuring Lauren by Ralph Lauren tops

Lauren by Ralph Lauren ‘Rosana’ Tie Neck Shirt
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Denim Chambray Shirtdress
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Camel Wool Melton
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What do you think of this trend?  Can camel really become the new black?   Leave us a comment below!

Business Casual Weekend Find: A-line skirt!

I never thought I would write an A-line skirt as being a weekend find but shopping for business casual clothing has been well a bit frustrating!  I have not been able to find a basic black A-line skirt.  Shouldn’t be hard to find right? Wrong! Even my go-to workchic fave stores & boutiques seem to have been caught up in the pleated, printed and frilly miniskirt trend this season. Nothing is wrong with them but if you work in a more business or business casual environment or even if you   are like myself that has reached the late 30’s age bracket..the maxidress is more of a viable option to wear than a miniskirt!

On the hunt for that perfect skirt, I wandered into a J. Crew store in New York City this past weekend and spotted a classic A-Line or Fluted skirt silhoutette in basic black nonetheless!    For $118, this Fluted style in 120s Australian Merino wool will be a staple item to add to my basics in my work wardrobe.   I can dress it up or down with a cardigan or blazer for those last minute business meetings.  I found a button up blouse that is lightweight enough to wear now and wear into the fall.   What do you think?

We would love to hear where you shop for basics for your work wardrobe! Seen any A-line skirts out there?  Leave us a comment or email us at

Steal Her Style Segment: Jennifer L.

We are always looking for a stylish bargain so who better to turn to than Jennifer who owns the website The Looks for Less. Web developer by day, fashion blogger by night-Jennifer covers everything from styling your favorite dress to create a variety of unique looks, DIY projects, and of course celebrity and designer looks for less. Every post is infused with a bit of her personal style, which ranges from contemporary to preppy to rock-star glamour.   In fact she sent us some of her business casual & casual looks for the office.


We are seriously in love with her colorblock heels.  More on those later but here is a close-up:


We just had to ask her more about The Looks for Less and the inspiration behind the outfits above.  Keep reading below!

WC: What inspired these outfits?

JL: I work in a really casual work place. Well, I am a web developer that gets to hide in a basement office and do not correspond with the public on a regular basis. So, I would have to say that every work day is casual Friday for me. This is the perk of working on the bottom floor; that and you get to play your music a little louder than your coworkers.

The shoes were the main focus of this outfit. They were sent to me courtesy of a British invasion street-style website called Next Direct. I wanted to show two looks with these beautiful pumps – one casual Friday look and another a bit dressier. To work, I would probably pair the studded dress with black tights.

WC: Are there any celebs outfits that you try to mirror their look for less?

JL:My favorite celeb style icon was Rihanna for as long as I can remember; however, it’s not easy to wear studded outfits on the streets of Florida, haha. So most recently I have fallen in love with the oh-so-wearable Rachel Bilson. I can’t find a picture of her that I don’t love! She is always wearing head-to-toe high fashion labels, but in such an approachable way in a style that is all her own. LOVE!

WC: How do you shop for work clothes when you are on a tight budget?

JL: One of my favorite ways of extending my wardrobe on a budget is working with what I have already. In fact, I recently hosted a 1 Dress, 4 Ways contest on my site ( ) and the options that my readers put together with one dress were endless. You can take a sweater or top and wear it over your dress so that the bottom looks like a skirt. Or, you can wear a skirt over the bottom of the dress so that you have a completely different outfit. A black dress is a work essential that can be worn alone or styled in so many different ways.

WC: What do you splurge on?

JL: Most girls are addicted to shoes and handbags… I, am addicted to jackets. I think jackets transform an outfit like no other piece of apparel of accessory can. You can throw on a t-shirt and jeans and dress it up or down with the right jacket. From street style to tuxedo, I have a growing collection of jackets in my closet. I love all styles and colors, but in particular, I have way too many black jackets and my favorite is a military inspired button down that I picked up from Forever 21.

Other than jacket splurges, I spend a bit more than I should at the Mac makeup counter! Their prices aren’t terribly expensive, but I have to have one of everything they offer, so it all adds up.

For more info on Jennifer visit her at the following:

Thanks Jennifer for participating in our July Steal Her Style segment!