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Corporate Chic: Wardrobe Essentials

January 28, 2015

Hi Lovely readers,

When I started writing this post, I remembered my career resolutions for 2015. I am sure everyone has them and we are all working towards achieving them.

How we look has an impact in reaching our career goals. Believe me, if you turn up in that interview and/or board meeting with a wrong attire, chances are you will leave with the wrong impression.

I have assembled a list of 10 clothing items that every corporate chic needs in their wardrobe.

1. White button down shirt.

A white shirt entails smartness. You can pair a white shirt with neutrals bottoms (black or grey) to appear ready for activities such as meetings or interviews. You can also pair the white shirt with floral or colored bottoms for casual yet smart look for days like Fridays. 

2. Power Suit.

A well fitted suit interprets that you are well prepared and you mean business. Wearing a suit on any business meeting makes you appear formal, serious and well experienced. Invest in a power suit and be prepared to be the professional who draws attention of business meeting attendees. 

4. Black and/or nude pumps.

*A little story about proper work shoes* 
A friend of mine came over for a sleep over on a weekday. As you may have guessed it, we spent most of the night catching up and went to bed very late. The next morning we were so late, I was in a hurry so I decided to put on flats. My friend looked at me and said, well, those shoes confirms that you are not only late but also not in the mood for serious work tasks. 
That was a De-ja-vu moment for me; the shoes we wear tell our moods and our seriousness towards our tasks. Invest in basic pair of properly-heeled shoes (2″ wont kill you) to dress up any attire and look ready to conquer the world. 

5. A well fitted blazer.

A blazer adds structure to any outfit, provided it fits well. A blazer can be used to cover up a multitude of issues with our attires. For example, you can wear a blazer with the seriously mini dress and it will suddenly look office appropriate.

6. Black trousers.

Well fitted trousers are the very essential key for smartening office looks. In addition to smartening the look, they can be used as a basis for remixing your wardrobe. 

6. Well fitted pencil skirt.

You can’t go wrong with a well fitted black and/or grey pencil skirt. Wear this with a button down or a blouse or a t-shirt; and you will look very official. I own a few pairs myself and life is so much easy with these skirts in my office wardrobe. 

7. Little Black Dress.

To quote the fashion guru of all times, Karl Lagerfield, “One is never under-dressed or over-dressed with a little Black Dress”. 
Nothing works double shift like a little black dress. You can dress it up or down and you will still appear official. You can dress up the little black dress with a blazer and beautiful pumps; or dress it down with a pair of flats. 

8. Stripped Button-down Shirt.

Stripped button down shirt have a masculine feel to it. The masculine feel can translate that you are fearless and ready to take on the challenging tasks. You can have as many of these shirts as possible. They can be smartened by wearing them with black pants or well fitted pencil skirt. They can be dressed down by wearing them with denim on casual office days.

9. Black Tote Bag

If you work in an office like mine, you may be forced to carry a laptop every single day. Now; am a girlie girl and carrying the laptop backpack is not cute at all (Lool!!). Invest in a large tote handbag that can accommodate all your office essentials. 

10. White and Black Cami Tops;

A cami top can be worn in different ways. You can wear it underneath a see through top to smarten your look or you can wear it under a blazer as a top.  
I hope this items will help you build  a chic corporate wardrobe base. Let me know any other essential items that you own in the comments section below. 
Thank you for stopping by.

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