An enduringly chic wardrobe will never let you down. As the country begins to open back up and people start thinking about going back to work, the question of what to wear to work is back on the table. For some of us, gone will be the days of sweats on the bottom and a work-appropriate shirt, blouse or sweater on top. What will you be wearing as you head back to the office?
It is true that successful people are often the ones who look the part. But, knowing what to wear and when to wear it is key at work. Employees are their company’s brand ambassadors. And truth be told, employers are more apt to give the plum assignments, accounts and clients to the employees whose attire allows others to visualize them as capable and confident.
An enduringly chic wardrobe is made up of classic components that can take you from the boardroom to the airport lounge and back again. Yes, your boss is paying attention to what you wear when you travel on business! Don’t fool yourself into thinking she’s not.
Stock your closet with these 10 classic pieces to take you from work to weekend, season after season.
10 Items You Must Have For An Enduringly Chic Wardrobe
Suit – When it comes to buying suits, Choose a seasonless, rich-looking fabric in a dark hue. If the suit comes with both a skirt and pants option, buy all three pieces for greater versatility.
White Shirt – The white shirt will be the most versatile item in your wardrobe. It will look stunning when paired with a pant-suit and sexy worn with jeans.
Black Cashmere Turtleneck – The quickest way to look sophisticated and polished day or night is to wear a black cashmere turtleneck (wool is a less expensive option).
Dark Jeans – The darker the denim, the slimmer you’ll look in jeans. Choose denim with stretch to minimize the derriere.
Leather Jeans – If you want to feel a little more dressed up or edgy, leather jeans are a great alternative to denim.
Little Black Dress – The Little Black Dress is the crown jewel of your wardrobe. It’s sophisticated, elegant and timeless.
Wrap Dress – Try a wrap dress for its polished ease, you will get dressed in a lash with no shirts to tuck or zippers to close) – just wrap and go.
Jewelry – Use your accessories to showcase your personality. Wear what appeals to you – diamond stud earrings, chunky bead necklaces, colorful stacked bracelets, a beautiful watch, silver hoops, a delicate gold chain … you get the picture.
Heels – While you can never have too many pairs of shoes (in my humble opinion), make sure you have at least one stunning pair that you can comfortably wear all day long.
Trench Coat – A trench coat evokes class, sophistication, and is chic and practical at the same time.
In today’s competitive work and social environments, personal style is no longer a luxury. Style is essential. As you begin to assess you clothes and think about building an enduringly chic wardrobe, you might find that it’s time for a style overhaul. Think about it like this, if you get rid of a few things in your closet you’ve made room for new ones!
Style is personal. Your personal style impacts your whole life – not just your career. We’ve all learned a valuable lesson while sheltering in place – on the days you get up and get dressed you feel better. When you look good, you feel good. You walk a little taller, you smile more and your confidence level is higher. These are just facts. Carry them with you and they’ll serve you well.
Stylishly yours, Kalyn
P.S. Yes, you can include a few cute graphic t-shirts in your enduringly chic wardrobe! Click here to learn how to upgrade your t-shirt game.