Business and office attires changed a lot in the last years, shifting towards the casual side. However, no matter the company’s rigid dress code or the laidback corporate environment, we still need to dress to impress at the office. But going through the same dilemmas every morning, trying to match our shirts and our shoes and picking the best business outfit for formal meetings or easy days can get tiresome.
This is why today we will take a look at six key pieces of clothing and accessories to inspire you. They are probably already present in your wardrobe, so let’s see how to mix and match them to achieve outstanding and timeless business outfits no matter the season or the fashion trends.
1. The Skinny Black Trousers
You can pick a stretchy and comfortable fabric, or you can go with women’s old time buddies, the skinny black jeans. A pair (or more) of fitted skinny black trousers will make your best ally when you run out of fresh business outfits ideas. They go insanely great with heels, shirts, t-shirts, jackets and even sneakers – if you know how to pair the clothes correctly. Black skinny trousers are just like the black stilettos: immortal and ready to rise to all expectations and save all situations.
2. The Nude High Heeled Shoes
Speaking about black stilettos, let’s see the next best thing in town: nude shoes. While all women have at least a pair of black high-heeled shoes, a pair of nudes is mandatory, as they will get you out of trouble no matter the season or the fashion trends du jour. The only trick you need to keep in mind is that you should pick a pair of nudes that match your skin tone. You can wear them with pastels and colored clothes, they make great partners for jeans and they usually match all business outfits. Wearing nude shoes will make your legs look longer and slimmer as well.
3. The Monochrome Outfit
If you are completely dry of new outfit ideas for work, always try a monochrome outfit. It can be a simple office dress in a neutral color, like gray, ivory, pale yellow, cream or eggshell or it can be a neat, simple and striking outfit mixing a skirt and a jacket. Monochrome outfits will make you look like a million bucks at the office as they are easy to pull off and give you that office look everybody is looking for: tidy, focused on details, sharp and pleasant. It’s your choice to accessorize or not, but when it comes to either formal exec meetings or just another day at the office, monochrome will never fail you.
4. Pearl Accessories
Now that we reached the accessories topic, we have to tell you that pearls make some of the best office and business pieces of jewelry. Their subtle luster and shimmer, their discrete feminine glow, their intrinsic beauty and their legendary power of seduction can turn any office outfit into a statement of art. You can wear only one pearl piece and still take everybody’s breath away. In business environments, a refined white pearls bracelet in contemporary design will complete and compliment any outfit and turn you into a symbol of elegance, power, and class.
5. The Little Black Dress
Elegance and class are the key concepts revolving around the little black dress. The power of this piece is that it goes with anything and can be styled up in any manner. You can wear a white jacket or cardigan over and achieve a composed, neat and timeless look. You can add a few accent pieces of jewelry, or you can wear it simply, paired with any type of heels you own. A black dress in a simple design and of cocktail length will take you everywhere, from the early morning staff meeting to the hot date you planned after the working hours, depending on how you style it up.
6. The Gingham Shirt
This shirt is more on the casual side than the formal one, but it makes a wise choice if you pair it with denim (classic pants, skirts, cropped skinny ones). Gingham or checkered patterns are classic timeless prints building up towards classy business attire when mixed with high heels (the nude ones are the best as they are not color dependent) or oxfords, summer sandals and anything in between. The pattern is associated with a more masculine feel and attitude, so you will rock those exec meetings even if you look casual and not highly formal.