5 Classic Pieces You Can Always Wear to the Office

Updated 05/01/19
Classic Office Wardrobe Essentials
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I don't know who ever said that work outfits needed to be difficult to put together, but they were just plain wrong. Let's dispell that myth once and for all. Dressing really well at the office is actually quite easy. In my opinion, it all comes down to incorporating the right office wardrobe essentials into the mix. If you have a solid array of pieces to work with that are both office-friendly and that you truly get excited to wear, you'll never stare blankly into your closet wondering how to get dressed for work again.

If you're not sure how to build the right capsule wardrobe for work, well, that's where I come in. To make getting dressed for work a breeze, I went ahead and put together my short list of the classic office essentials that deserve a spot in everyone's wardrobe. These are the pieces you'll rely on for three main reasons: They won't soon go out of style (as in, probably never), they'll ensure you'll always look put-together no matter what else you're wearing, and I have a strong feeling they'll be getting a lot of airtime outside your office, too.

Ready to see my five classic office wardrobe essentials? Keep reading to shop them all and rest assured you won't be stressing about work outfits again.

Black skinny jeans

If you live in skinny jeans, a classic black pair should 100% be in your closet. The dark wash feels a bit more polished than regular blue, and just to reiterate what we've said many times before, they're one of the most versatile jean styles you can own.

Re/Done High Rise Ankle Crop Skinny Jeans
Re/Done High Rise Ankle Crop Skinny Jeans $185
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Good American Good Legs High Rise Skinny Jeans
Good American Good Legs High Rise Skinny Jeans $149
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LG 5.2 cu. ft. Mega Capacity Top Load Washer With TurboWash Technology
LG 5.2 cu. ft. Mega Capacity Top Load Washer With TurboWash Technology $888
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If your mind’s on your pilly sweater or faded blouse, you’re not going to feel pulled together. This washer has six different wash motions, so it cleans your clothes ultra-gently. Consider it another part of your capsule work wardrobe.

Topshop Jamie Petite Black Jeans
Topshop Jamie Petite Black Jeans $70
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Checked blazer

No matter what else you wear, a checked blazer will pull the whole thing together seamlessly. Wear with the above black jeans, a printed dress, or really anything in between.

L'Agence Taryn Checked Silk-Crepe Blazer
L'Agence Taryn Checked Silk-Crepe Blazer $650
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Violeta by Mango Prince of Wales Blazer
Violeta by Mango Prince of Wales Blazer $150
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Anine Bing Madeline Blazer
Anine Bing Madeline Blazer $349
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Stylish flats

For days when you just don't want to slip your feet into heels, be sure to have a pair of flats on hand that are just as stylish as any of your heels. We recommend flat mules and loafers.

Re/Done Weejuns The Whitney Glossed-Leather and Leopard-Print Calf Hair Loafers
Re/Done Weejuns The Whitney Glossed-Leather and Leopard-Print Calf Hair Loafers $345
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Dorateymur Petrol Slides
Dorateymur Petrol Slides $435
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Everlane V Mules
Everlane V Mules $135
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White T-shirts

A white T-shirt is a staple in everyone's wardrobe, but it's especially useful to have several on hand for work outfits. Wear them to dress down a pair of trousers or to layer underneath sleeveless dresses.

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Stretch-Pima Cotton Jersey T-Shirt
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Stretch-Pima Cotton Jersey T-Shirt $125
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New Look Plus Boyfriend Tee
New Look Plus Boyfriend Tee $15
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Club Monaco Leary Tee
Club Monaco Leary Tee $50
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Slip skirts

Wear a slip skirt with the above checked blazer, white T-shirt, and flats and you have yourself a cool and easy work uniform you can repeat over and over. Not to mention that a satin slip skirt is an ultimate day-to-night piece.

Vince Paneled Silk-Satin Midi Skirt
Vince Paneled Silk-Satin Midi Skirt $330
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Theory Flat-Sateen A-Line Maxi Slip Skirt
Theory Flat-Sateen A-Line Maxi Slip Skirt $395
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Urban Outfitters UO Molly Side-Slit Slip Skirt
Urban Outfitters UO Molly Side-Slit Slip Skirt $59 $30
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