Work Wardrobe Essentials



Since right now I’m re-assessing the state of my work wardrobe, I’d like to make a post about it to look back if I ever need to remind myself what I need. I work in a very casual environment. During the summer months, a lot of my colleagues came into the office wearing flip flops and nobody gives two hoots about it. We’re not required to implement any kind of dress code at work. But I’d like to present myself in a more polished casual way. If I feel like I look good, I feel more motivated and can be more productive. But still, comfort is the key.

If I have to make a list of five essentials in my work wardrobe, here are the items that I’d pick:

A pair of jeans

4 out of 5 days, I usually spend with wearing a pair of jeans or trousers. So a flattering cut of jeans with a good length is a wardrobe essential for me. Despite spending most of my week days in jeans, it’s extremely hard to find a pair that I’m in love with. Being petite (short) and living in a tall people world doesn’t help. Most of the jeans here has inseam of 32 inches. I’m lucky to find one that is 30 inches. But I find 28 inches look best on me.

Comfortable pair of ankle boots

I play table tennis during my lunch break, so a comfortable pair of shoes is a must. But I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of days of me coming to work in sneakers. So instead, an ankle boots work best for me. I can do a little bit of extra lift with a small heel but not much. For this I find my Isabel Marant Etoile Dicker boots are perfect. Although I’m a little bit nervous by the fact that they’re suede.

Blue shirt

Despite how classic they are, I hate white shirts. Actually, that’s not true, I just hate wearing white. Or maybe I just don’t trust myself in white. Since I have the tendency to spill anything on me. Not that blue will do better if (when) that happens but it’s just like fate when I wear white, I spill.

A warm substantial cardigan

Ask anyone from my office, I’m that person who moans “It’s cold in here!” when it’s 25 degrees outside. Although now after we moved office and we no longer have an air conditioner, it doesn’t happen very often anymore (although since now is currently winter, silly). But I just like having something covering my arms. So for days when I wear t-shirts to work, I have to have my cardigan.

Shift dress

And for days when I fancy wearing dress, I go for a shift dress. I know that it’s not really a form fitting dress but since I feel uncomfortable showing my non-existent curves, I prefer to dress myself in a shift dress instead. The length is the key for me because most dresses I found are too short for my liking. I like my dress to be just a little bit above the knees.