1. Crisp button down
Once you find the perfect shirt, you’ll be wearing it with everything. Tuck it into trousers and skirts, or layer it under a low-neck dress to make it work-appropriate.
2. Structured dress
Reserve your slinky numbers for cocktail hour. Instead, try silhouettes that embrace your shape without being overly clingy.
3. Tailored pants
Trousers that perfectly fit your frame are a must-have in any workwear wardrobe. Experiment with fabrics and textures like jacquard, pinstripes, and wool; and slim, wide-legged, or culotte cuts.
4. Longline sleeveless blazer
Our weather makes it hard to wear jackets five days a week, so you may want to consider this tropical country-friendly option. It spruces up your most basic outfits!
5. Printed blouse
For days when you want to play up your girly side, a patterned blouse is a foolproof choice. We love pussy bow blouses that reference the ‘70s, and high-neck Victorian styles that are bound to blow up in the next few months.
6. Knee-length skirt
A girl can’t live in trousers every single day. Knee length is key—anything shorter than that might raise a few eyebrows in some offices. Make sure you abide by your corporate dress code!
7. Sleek and spacious bag
The beat-up backpack you used all throughout college just won’t do anymore! Invest in a bag that is roomy and sturdy enough for all your things, and comes in a neutral and versatile shade that will go with anything.
8. Classic pumps
When it comes to footwear, basic colors are the better choice. A black or nude heel will take you from presentations to client calls to happy hour with your colleagues in no time.
9. Comfy flat shoes
High heels boost your height and confidence, but wearing them all day long can be an absolute pain. When your feet start to ache, switch to pretty ballet flats or shiny loafers. They’re dressy enough for the office but kinder to your feet.
10. Understated jewelry
When it comes to accessorizing, simple and unobtrusive is key. Think discreet studs, a sleek watch, and maybe a delicate necklace or bracelet. There’s a time and place for chin-length dangling earrings, and a meeting with your boss is not it!
This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.