We’ve all got used to rolling out of bed and straight into ‘the office’ (the sofa ten feet away) and spending the day in comfy clothes—maybe smartening up a bit from the waist up if we’ve got an important Zoom call. But soon we’ll be reunited with the office proper and that means seeing our co-workers in person for the first time in what seems like forever.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered for the big occasion with these office workwear wardrobe essentials.
A Comfy but Cute Pair of Heels or Loafers
Our feet are in for a rude awakening with the amount of miles we’ll be racking up on the commute alone; and that’s not to mention coffee runs, lunch trips and after work drinks (remember those?). A stark contrast to the solitary daily walk to the park we’ve become accustomed to, so our footwear has got to be up to the task.
A new pair of office footwear might just be the most indispensable item for your back to work wardrobe. Tassel loafers are in this year, opt for a chunky sole in a deep red brown or black to go with any smart or smart casual ensemble.
A Fresh Pair of Glasses
A new pair of frames can be transformative. There are a range of styles and materials of glasses for women to choose from to suit every face shape. You may even be due a check-up at the opticians so use it as an opportunity to nab your perfect pair.
Embrace a vintage aesthetic with a pair of on-trend cat-eye shaped specs and you’ll quickly find yourself on the receiving end of several lockdown glow-up compliments.
A Classic Black Blazer
It doesn’t get more timeless and functional than a classic black blazer, your capsule wardrobe will thank you for it too. They’re great mid layers on chillier days or if the air con is set too low, so you won’t have to sit at your desk in your winter coat.
For a formal look, pair with a matching skirt or trousers, it’ll even work over a work dress while the weather is still good. When picking your blazer you want to look for a classic cut and the right shape for a flattering silhouette.
If you don’t feel like splashing out on new clothing pieces just yet—perhaps you’re not confident we won’t be in another lockdown in six months’ time—you can easily update any outfit with some simple and effective jewellery staples.
A chunky silver or trio of slimmer gold bangles add a pop of sophisticated sparkle to any monochrome look and they’re future proof too, so are a good investment as they won’t go out of style. Similarly, a designer brooch or uncomplicated pendant can set off an office two-piece nicely.
Black or Grey Trousers
Versatility is key for your workwear; each item should be able to marry with several others. And few pieces are more versatile than a pair of black or grey work trousers to pair with literally anything. Choose a material with a bit of stretch in it to make sure they’re comfy enough to wear all day.
A Sturdy Bag
A functional over the shoulder bag, spacious enough to accommodate all your personal belongings and maybe even your laptop can also look great. A satchel is perpetually chic and comes in various sizes and styles so you can pick the type that’s just right.
Look after your shoulders and back and go for a backpack. In the past, rucksacks have not always had a great reputation, but the roll-top design is stylish and functional. Choose a matte waterproof finish to keep your things dry but also look effortlessly cool on your commute.
Heading back to the office after such a big hiatus can be nerve wracking. You’ve got a thousand things to think about, and with the help of this list, here’s hoping your outfit won’t be one of them.