There is no doubt that a corporate environment demands your style looks polished and professional. And while it’s important to stick to classic cuts, it's equally important that you add some personal flair. This can be done with some colour, sophisticated prints (ie pinstripe and check) and a subtle accessory that highlights your personal style.
Here are my top tips for creating the ultimate stylish work wardrobe that commands attention for all the right reasons .
1. Do A Stock take Of Your Wardrobe
Before you set off on a shopping spree to rival Julia Roberts in Pretty Womannow is a good time to assess what you have in your wardrobe, culling any items that you don’t wear or no longer fit in the process. Group together all the items that are in good condition and that can be worked into your corporate capsule.
2. Make A Shopping List
Now that you know what tops / bottoms / jackets / shoes you already own it’s time to start making your shopping list. Add the pieces that are missing to make complete outfits with what you already own first. Next add any of the items I’ve listed below.
3. Shop Smart
If you know a particular store you love is running spend and save promotion or having a great sale, check them out first to maximise your money. Also, be sure to spend a little extra where it matters. For example, allocate more money towards finding a well-fitting black suit in the best possible quality you can afford. Same goes for a white shirt and comfortable leather shoes.
Need To Start From Scratch?
Here is my 12-piece Corporate Capsule List and a 12-piece capsule I curated (below) that you can shop now...
1. Black suit
2. White Shirt
3. Classic Points Pump / Court shoe - stick to classic neutrals that won’t date easily and will work with your wardrobe. Black and / or nude are your safest bet.
4. Leather Tote – either stick to classic neutrals that won’t date easily and will work with your wardrobe. Tan, black, grey, navy, burgundy and red are all great choices.
5. Fitted knit – choose the colour which will work best with all your other pieces.
6. Midi skirt – choose a style that best suits your shape. Fitted, A-line and pleated styles all work.
7. Smart trousers – Grey, navy, check or pinstripe are all classics. Again choose a cut that best suits your shape. Wide-leg and tapered styles both work for the office
8. Form-flattering dress – you can never go wrong with black, blush, burgundy, navy, marle grey and cream
9. Simple earrings – stud or small drop
10. Structured Blazer – another neutral colour like cream, grey, navy or khaki that can work back with your other separates
11. Silk blouse or shirt
12. Leather loafer