It’s not always easy knowing what to wear in the work place or a corporate environment, but fear not ladies, because I’m here to help and guide you through the key pieces that every woman should have in her working wardrobe.

Think of your work wear as your basics. You’ll wear these items 5 days a week so it’s essential to have enough of them in your closet. Firstly, you’ll need a variety of long sleeved tops in different colours – black, grey and white are good basics to start with, but that’s not to say you can’t add some colour in there as well, like a denim shirt or even some leopard print.

The Working Woman from Off The Rails Fashionista
The Working Woman from Off The Rails Fashionista

Next, you can pair your shirt with a classic, tailored pair of black pants or an ankle length black skirt to give you that professional look. I like black for the corporate world, as it gives you that polished look that says “take me seriously”.

Now that you’ve got your foundation, you can add a simple black cardigan or blazer, or even layer the 2 depending on how cold it is.

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Next, shoes! No ladies, you don’t have to wear heels in the workplace if you don’t want to. While some kitten heels will add a touch of elegance to your look, it’s not a necessity. You can also easily get away with wearing a classic pair of ballet flats, which will make you look just as professional, and might I add – stylish.

The Working Woman from Off The Rails Fashionista
The Working Woman from Off The Rails Fashionista

Lastly, don’t forget to accessorise ladies. Add a classic brown, oversized leather handbag to your outfit or something a bit bolder like a bag with snakeskin print to give some character to your outfit.

The Working Woman from Off The Rails Fashionista
The Working Woman from Off The Rails Fashionista

If you’re in need of some styling inspiration, or if you’re just bored with your look, you can treat yourself or your staff members for Women’s Day (9 August) or Secretaries Day (4 September) to my ‘Working Woman Workshop’.

Yours in fashion,

Julie