Back to work, back to reality. It’s a whole new year and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. Whether you want to change up your entire closet, or add some fashionable new pieces, we have you covered. Check out our top 15 back to work wardrobe essentials.
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The not-so classic white shirt
The classic white shirt is a wardrobe staple, and for good reason. You can wear it with everything, you can dress it up or dress it down, it’s the most versatile item of clothing a woman can have! But with the New Year, comes a slight makeover. Make 2017 the year you go bold, and try a white shirt with a touch of the unexpected. From bat wings, to over-sized sleeves, try something new this year.
- Cold-shoulder shirt, R529, H&M
- Ruffle detail shirt, R100, Mr Price
- Mandarin blouse, R350, Woolworths
It’s time to upgrade from the classic (and let’s face it, kind of boring) basic nude court heel. Try jazzing up your outfit with fun and unexpected details in your shoes. Nothing can completely change an outfit like switching up a pair of heels. These shoes are a great way to update your favorite tried and tested work outfit.
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- Nude cut-out mules, R1299, Witchery
- Pink court heels, R549, Superbalist
- Metal trim court heels, R649, Madison
Ditch smaller, dainty bags and rather opt for an oversized tote in a colour that will go with almost anything. We love to carry our entire lives in one bag, and now everything will actually fit!
The perfect skirt
Investing in a skirt that will flatter your shape season after season is key. And every skirt shape adds something different.
A classic fit & flare skirt is great at creating a slimmer waist and skimming over hips; a wrap skirt will work wonders at trimming your thighs; and a pleated skirt is great for adding curves to your lower half — perfect for apple shaped ladies.
Casual every day
Sneakers, brogues and loafers are our go-to work-appropriate flat shoe. They’re dressy enough that you can wear them with anything, and also add a fashionable flare to your outfit.
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- Brogues, R90, Mr Price
- Sneakers, R1299, Aldo at Superbalist
- Chuck Taylors, R1349, Converse at Sportscene