Wear to Work: 5 Classic Updates for Your Work Wardrobe

Classic Updates for your Work Wardrobe

Coat, $185; Loafers, $155; Cuff, $168; Turtleneck, $125; Dress, $98

My wardrobe is slowly evolving into a streamlined, classic collection of better, modern basics.  For my life and style, having a grab and go closet is a not only congruent to my personality ( I hate drama and fuss of any kind) it’s also practical.  I can get dressed for just about anything in a matter of minutes.  It took some time to curate my current wardrobe.  I don’t advise doing so even if you have an unlimited budget. It’s like when you move into a new house, you want to live in it a bit to see how it can best work for you, and then make changes and updates.  Personal style is nuanced.  Because there is not a one size fits all, cookie cutter strategy, you may find that bringing together a little inspiration from all different kinds of styles, translates into the perfect look for you.

Today, I thought I would share a few of the pieces I’m picking up for my own wardrobe needs.  I don’t need much, just a refresher and update.

Coat, $185 – This wool blend coat by Eliza J is GORGEOUS and on sale for under $200.  The a-line style is universally flattering. It will keep you warm without creating a lot of bulk.  I love the chicness of the collar and tie waist.  The question is whether to get it in black or camel – either will be timeless and go with everything.

Loafers, $155 – Instead of another pair of ballet flats, I’m adding  this sophisticated loafer in a to die for cognac suede by Everlane.  The color and style pairs with any bottom, from dark jeans to black trousers for work or the weekend. It gives the slightest hint of masculine style while maintaining all the good feminine details to keep your look long and lean.

Cuff, $168 – Sometime one bold accessory replaces the need for many. You can take a cuff and wear it with a three-quarter length sleeve dress or top, or over a long sleeve top.  I’m crazy for this one from Henri Bendel. It does run small so keep that in mind if ordering one for yourself.

Turtleneck, $125 – Somewhere in the depths of my soul I long to be Diane Keaton in Somethings Gotta Give.  I want her house, her life, her fling with Keanu Reeves and her turtlenecks.  There’s something so effortless and elegant about a cashmere turtleneck with a slim pair of paints.  Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection is high quality and reasonably priced.  Available in an array of colors, I’m partial to the buff, gray, navy and, of course, black.

Dress, $98 By now you know I love a dress for work.  They make getting dressed a breeze, can be dressed up and down, give you a lot of options for the price, and often are seasonless.  T Tahari is one of those brands that always offers a few classic, simple, year round dresses for under $100.  Wear this with a structured blazer or dress down with a flat and slouchy cardigan.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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