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Shopping With Kelly – Work Wear Basics

It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with what to buy for a work wardrobe, especially if you’re on a tight budget and working with a “dress code”.  The key to shopping for work wear basics is that you still want to add personality and style into the mix and be able to transition these pieces into outfits you can wear after hours! Here are some of the basic essentials every “working girl” should have in her closet!

A simple black sheath dress can be dressed up or down in so many ways, and can easily transition into something you can wear after work just by switching accessories!

Black Sheath Dress

If I could only recommend one shirt that every woman should have in her closet for work, it would be a crisp white button-down blouse! Styled with a skirt or trousers, it always looks clean. It’s so versatile because it can easily be dressed up or down.

Work Wear Essentials - White Button Down Shirt

Pencil skirts are perfect for looking professional and chic. As long as the skirt is made of a quality material, is not too body skimming, and hits the knee or just below, it will be a great piece that will last a lifetime in your closet!

Work Wear Essentials - Pencil Skirt

If wearing pants is more your style, a pair of wool trousers is a basic necessity! Invest in quality wool flat front trousers with a slight flare at the bottom in black and grey and they will last you forever! They are the most flattering on every body type and the style is super sleek!

Work Wear Essentials - Wool Trousers

Nude pumps are chic and utterly classic work wardrobe enhancers! They make your legs look long and lean, and the neutral shade works with pretty much every color under the sun!

Nude Pump

Looking for a purse to bring to work that will go with everything? You can never go wrong with a classic black bag! Look for one in a classic shape, like a tote bag which will fit all of your paperwork and personal necessities.

Work Wear Essentials - Black Bag

A work wardrobe doesn’t just end with the clothes and shoes; accessories can make or break any outfit! Simple stud earrings will always be a chic and understated way to add visual interest to any look, and if you add a sleek looking men’s style watch into the mix, you will radiate professionalism with fabulous style!

Stud Earrings

Men's Style Watch

These items are a great starting point for a stylish work wardrobe and will help you find your own signature style along the way! Happy shopping!


Kelly Freeman

Kelly Freeman is a career girl by day and a freelance makeup artist and beauty blogger by night. She lives for sharing her thoughts on the latest products, tips and trends in beauty, fashion and fitness on her blog, Glitter Diaries. When she’s not writing or photographing products for her blog, Kelly can be found indulging in 90s TV shows, thrift shopping, and cuddling up with her hubby and their two cats.