Corporate Chic – Workwear Basics

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My corporate job is a big part of my life so I decided to make it a part of my blog too. I started a new series on my blog called “Corporate Chic”, where I will share all tips and tricks I learned from my experience. When I started my first job, I had no clue how to build work wear wardrobe and which basic pieces are must-haves. At that time my sister helped me to figure it out. That was my first lesson!!! And that is why I decided to dedicate this post to “workwear basics”.
Tips:
1.If you don’t know what is the dress code for your company then call HR department and ask them about the dress code policy. It varies across companies so they will definitely help you out.
2.Make a list of what you need to shop. Before you go shopping, check your closet, you might already possess few of these things like white button down shirt, nice blouse, black pumps etc.
3. If you are on a budget then it would be a good idea to check which stores are providing discounts, best fit for you and your budget. This will help to save some time and money!
Here I created two lists –   1. Must haves and 2. Nice to have! 

1. Must haves –  Color suggestion – Stay with neutral colors like black or gray or taupe/camel as they make life easier when it comes to “mix and match” and help to create multiple formal looks using the same piece.

 1. A black suit (Blazer and pants)                       2.  Pants                                                   3. A white button down                                     4.  Pencil skirt
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5. Classic black Pumps                               6. Black sheath dress                                     7.  Blouse (1)                                              Blouse (2)
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    Blouse (3)                                                                       Blouse (4)
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Note: Add couple of blouses as per your choice. Here I provided some ideas. 
 2. Nice to have :  These items will help to expand your work wear options. 
 1. Black fitted sweater                                                      2. Beige or white sweater                                         3. Classic trench coat                     4. Classic black wool coat
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5. Neutral color shoes (flat, pumps)
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 Hope you enjoyed the post! Thanks for stopping by!

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112 Comments

  1. October 16, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    I work in a pretty relaxed office but there are still days when I wanna dress up and look like a lady boss. Great post! Can’t wait to revamp my wardrobe.
    Jasmine | http://www.mysuitcasejourneys.com/

  2. October 10, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    GIRL, you look so great and professional! loving it!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 11, 2016 / 1:59 am

      Thank You Samantha! 🙂

  3. khoner001
    October 7, 2016 / 5:56 am

    Love your outfit! I am so happy to work in a corporate environment where I can at least play up the colors in my wardrobe

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 8, 2016 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you! That is great! 🙂

  4. October 6, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    Wow! You look stunning Rita. Even your office wear is so stylish.
    These tips are so helpful and love your choices here.
    Richa | Fancier’s World

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 6, 2016 / 11:18 pm

      Thank you Richa! I am glad you liked it! 🙂

  5. October 4, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    I really like your color suggestions! Sticking to neutral or earthy tones is key for me so I can actually have a few different looks to choose from without needing so many pieces!

  6. Sheila Jo
    October 4, 2016 / 3:31 am

    I like the blue/green blouse (#1)!

  7. October 3, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    You have great taste! This post is perfect for those looking to have a corporate wardrobe but don’t know where to start!

  8. October 3, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Love these styles for the office! I like wearing the low, kitten heel because it is more comfortable for me, especially if I have to be on my feet all day. I love these blouses, too!

  9. itspamdel
    October 3, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    Totally love this outfit!! Sometimes I wish I had an office job so I could have a bigger wardrobe! LOL

  10. October 3, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    These are all such great looks! Love them.

  11. annalisanuttall
    October 3, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Very nice work wear selections. I work from home and I’m so glad I don’t have to dress up or have to wear a suit everyday. However i do admire people who do wear a suit everyday those. xx

    http://www.annanuttall.com

  12. October 3, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    The pencil skirt is always a great choice! I loe the color of that suit too; great professional look.

  13. October 3, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    I love that blue green blouse! I don’t have to go into an office anymore, but it looks like clothes have come a long way since I was in the office!

  14. October 3, 2016 / 10:53 am

    Thanks for the useful post! I don’t have to dress up for work as I am currently a student, but one day will come! 🙂

    xx

    Claire from Dresscape
    http://www.dresscape.com

  15. Ashley Voicu
    October 3, 2016 / 5:16 am

    When I used to have a corporate job, I couldnt wear skirt like yours. I wish I could, but I just feel its too sexy. So I felt shy to wear it.

  16. October 3, 2016 / 5:10 am

    Very stylish, smart and comfortable! Great pictures.

  17. October 3, 2016 / 4:03 am

    You look amazing! This is such an great look for work!

  18. October 3, 2016 / 2:52 am

    These are great outfits for corporate! I used to work for a women’s clothing boutique and these resemble the outfits we put together as well. Nice colours this season too!

  19. October 3, 2016 / 2:25 am

    Looking so good in this suit and pencil skirt combo! I am not really into corporate style, but I love it when styling ideas come up to make corporate looks lean more towards the chic side. The corporate pieces you picked out are also incredible!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 2:34 am

      Thank you Abby for a lovely comment! I am glad you liked my picks! 🙂

  20. October 3, 2016 / 12:12 am

    I love wearing corporate attire, even though I can’t wear it due to my line of work. Still I own few basic pieces. Great post. Will be very helpful to those who will enter business world. Also, I think your site is not compatible in mobile view. More power!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 1:11 am

      Thank you! I am glad you liked this post! I know this post is not showing properly on the phone.Trying to find out the problem. Thank you for pointing out! 🙂

  21. October 2, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Thanks for this! It’s good to have a good “capsule wardrobe” for work just like we do for travel!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 1:05 am

      Thank you Jessica! These pieces really helps to create capsule wardrobe! 🙂

  22. October 2, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    MAN I miss dressing for work. I would love my suits and dress to go down into Wall Street LOVE these picks indeed.

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 1:03 am

      Thank you Ellie! I love power dressing! I am glad you liked it! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 1:01 am

      Thank you Leslie! Did you try shoe insoles? It helps! 🙂

  23. October 2, 2016 / 7:40 pm

    WOW! Beautiful shots and location. This is so great and inspiring for professional wear. Thank you!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:57 am

      Thank you! I glad you find this post helpful! 🙂

  24. October 2, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Thankfully my office is business casual, but I still follow some of these rules to maximize my options. Love your suit!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:56 am

      Thank you Debbie! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  25. October 2, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    I wish I could have every piece in this post! These are timeless pieces that will last. Where do you find your clothing for work?

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:55 am

      Thank you Heather! Loft and Ann Taylor are my favorite stores for work wears! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:51 am

      Thank you! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:50 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  26. Jill Wiley
    October 2, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    I am lucky to NOT be in the corporate world and have to wear these… lol.. BUT, if I did I’d be bookmarking this! Great outfits!!! Love your style!!!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:50 am

      Lol! Thank you Jill! 🙂

  27. October 2, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I love the “adult” look! These are some fancy outfits for sure!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:49 am

      Thank you! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:49 am

      Thank you Kari! Yes, it creates many options for mix and match! 🙂

  28. Liz Even
    October 2, 2016 / 3:41 pm

    Great looks!!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 3, 2016 / 12:48 am

      Thank you Liz! 🙂

  29. venussmileygal
    October 2, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Such a great tips. I may not be handy with my job but I can take note of this in case I need a to wear a corporate look.
    Love this outfit so professional but stylish.

    (◕‿◕✿) http://www.EmoteraGoddess.com

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad you loved those tips! 🙂

  30. October 2, 2016 / 10:21 am

    you look amazing!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks!

  31. October 2, 2016 / 10:15 am

    you look amazing <3

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you Angel! 🙂

  32. October 2, 2016 / 7:21 am

    Love seeing what you wear to work! I work in a creative field in a casual city so my office attire is very much casual. You’ve inspired me to dress it up a bit though, I love the look of the pantsuit!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you Jenn! I am glad this post inspired you! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      Thank you Pratima! 🙂

  33. October 2, 2016 / 1:45 am

    Loved that blue top. You got a great styling blog. Liking it more and more.

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 5:22 am

      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! Made my day! 🙂

  34. October 2, 2016 / 1:42 am

    This is a really great list. My office requires us to wear uniform shirts so I would have a clue what to wear for a corporate job. This is super helpful.

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 5:21 am

      Thank you Melanie! I am glad that you found this post helpful! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 5:20 am

      Thank you Agnes! 🙂

  35. October 2, 2016 / 12:44 am

    You look beautiful in that outfit above! Great post about must haves! A lot of these pieces I think women should have in their closet for every kind occasion!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 2, 2016 / 5:19 am

      Thank you Victoria! Totally agreed, my future blog posts will cover this point! 🙂

  36. October 1, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    These are some great looks. I personally really like the trench coat. The black wool coat is nice too.

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you Amber! 🙂

  37. October 1, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    This is the best list I’ve seen. Now can you do one for those of us who work from home and live on a farm?

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you Valerie! I am glad you liked it! Sure will come up with the list you have requested! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! 🙂

  38. Kyla
    October 1, 2016 / 5:33 am

    Love seeing this corporate side of you! Love the color of that suit and the blouses you picked out are the prettiest!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Thank you Kyla! This is one of my favorite combination! 🙂

  39. October 1, 2016 / 3:39 am

    I like the way you broke down each piece and included multiple options while staying with a theme!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:50 am

      Thank you Angie! 🙂

  40. October 1, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Such a chic work look. Such helpful information and great links to shop from for those who have to dress business chic!

    Thanks for sharing!
    XO JAC
    http://www.justascreated.com

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:49 am

      Thank you so much! Glad those links are helpful! 🙂

  41. Paige Strand
    September 30, 2016 / 11:33 pm

    I love office wear so this post is gold! 🙂 love that light touch of blue

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:48 am

      Thank you Paige! Glad you liked the post! 🙂

  42. September 30, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Your workwear suggestions are so great, and you look beautiful in corporate style! You’re slaying that #girlboss look!
    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:47 am

      Thank you Stephanie for lovely comment! I am glad you liked the look! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:44 am

      Thank you Sharon! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:43 am

      Thank you so much Sarah! 🙂

  43. September 30, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    I have a corporate job too and really appreciate office friendly style. I lovvvve this light gray color on you, it’s so gorgeous! I’m really looking forward to your Corporate Chic blog series!

    Bailey | http://www.hotdresshotmess.com

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:43 am

      Thank you so much Bailey! More looks are coming soon on the blog, hope they will inspire you! 🙂

  44. September 30, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    yassssss!!!! Fabulous pics!! I love the tops you picked out!! I am soo excited to see all your work outfits!!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:41 am

      Thank you Ariel! Glad you liked it! 🙂

  45. September 30, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Always love office wear posts like this! Totally agree on those points, it’s good to get the basics first then add in the nice to have pieces as you can!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:40 am

      Thank you Chelsea! Yes, basics are very important! 🙂

  46. September 30, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    I adore your work look! I’m always looking for work clothes inspiration because it’s just not as much fun as “street clothes”.

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:39 am

      Thank you Tiffany! I am glad you liked it! More looks coming up soon! 🙂

  47. September 30, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Love this look. Really professional! I tend to overdress a little at work…better safe than sorry! I also go buy the thought: “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” Great photos of you too!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:38 am

      Thank you so much! Even I tend to overdress! 🙂

  48. September 30, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    This is so cute! I work at home now, so my outfits aren’t that impressive anymore. I do miss dressing up like this though!

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:37 am

      Thank you! I am glad you liked it! Will be creating post on that subject! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:35 am

      Thank you Amanda! 🙂

  49. September 30, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Totally pinned this! I love these ideas. Such cute and stylish office ideas.

    Xoxo

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:35 am

      Thank you so much! You are so sweet! 🙂

    • styleroundtheclock
      October 1, 2016 / 4:34 am

      Thank you Molly! 🙂

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