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Business Casual Essentials You Need in Your Wardrobe


It takes time to build a work wardrobe, but getting the basics down means you can kiss scrambling for an outfit in the morning goodbye. Whether you’re a student preparing for an interview or a young professional who wants a wardrobe refresh, these essentials are easy to get and easy to wear.


1. Solid Colour Turtleneck Sweater

With the cold weather fast approaching, a turtleneck sweater is a great way to cozy up and makes for a great layering piece as well. Tuck it into a patterned pair of trousers or under a sleek trench coat for a comfy and sophisticated look!

Shop This Style: Look effortlessly chic in this versatile and affordable sweater.

2. White Button-Up

A classic fitting button-up says you’re ready to get work done. Stick to white or black for optimal closet versatility.

Shop This Style: This long-sleeve button up is an essential.

 3. Black Blazer/Light Duster

Adding a blazer to any outfit gives it an instant business touch. The great thing with blazers is you can use them to dress up or dress down whatever you’re wearing, so it’s great for after work-hour outfits too. If you have casual days, long duster coats look great with a pair of good quality jeans.

Shop This Style: Transition from your work day to a casual night out in this sleek blazer.

4. Comfortable Trousers

Every woman needs a pair of black trousers. Change up the look with different cuts and lengths (culottes are very in now)! You can also venture into the sporty, casual pant look for an easy office style that has a little flare.

Shop This Style: These comfortable paper-bag trousers are flattering on all body types.

5. Dark Indigo Jeans

Blouses and jeans are a good combo. Dress down more professional blouses or loud-prints with a comfy pair of indigo jeans – no rips or tears.

Shop This Style: Boot-cut jeans are coming back and in a big way. Mini boot-cut jeans are chic and relaxed.



1. Khakis

Khakis come in all sorts of fits and colours to fit into your wardrobe. The perfect accompanying pant, a good pair of these bad boys’ pairs well with any kind of fitted top and blazer.

Shop This Style: All day comfort and all day style. These khakis are water resistant and wrinkle-free…pretty much a dream come true!

2. Button-Ups

They’re a classic, but come in tons of different patterns and variations that you should have no problem finding some that fit and look great.

Shop This Style: Half of your outfit is already complete when you’re wearing a cool and classy button-up.

3. Blazer/Sport Coat

Twill and wool blazers are easy to wear, but are structured enough to give your outfit a classy feel.

Shop This Style: Add a blazer with a subtle speckled pattern on it to add some texture if your outfit feels too simple.

4. Warm Socks

Up your sock game with fun patterns and bold colours! It’s the perfect way to add personality to an outfit without looking unprofessional. They can make for a good conversation-piece too! Mid-calf length socks should be the dominant type in your wardrobe for the sake of staying up and keeping your ankles a little warmer.

Shop This Style: How could you pass up on these socks featuring a fox and dot pattern?

5. Analog Smartwatch

Invest in an analog smartwatch and you’ve got the best of both worlds. They look sophisticated and professional and have all sorts of great add-ons like heart rate tracking that can help you in your day-to-day life.

Shop This Style: Super customizable and with IOS compatibility, dress to impress with this smartwatch.

Stocking up on timeless classics is the first step to building your business casual wardrobe. Just like Tom Ford said, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”
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