Cracking the Work Dress Code: 8 Pieces to Wear to the Office

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Take a virtual stroll through your favorite store and you’ll probably see a “wear-to-work section,” filled with dresses, pants, shirts, and other items. But which pieces do you really┬áneed when starting to build a closet of professional options? There are many answers to that question. When starting out or starting over with your work wardrobe, you’ll want to consider how much wear you can get out of a particular item of clothing. From basics that can be worn over and over again — great if you’re on a budget! — to the items that add a dash of whimsy and personality, here are eight items that will work for you while you’re working from 9 to 5.

1. Black pants

You hit snooze one too many times and are now scrambling to get out the door with absolutely no time to run through five or six outfits before settling on what to wear. In this instance and any other in which you need a go-to option, the answer is black pants. In the work world, black pants are a blank canvass. You can wear them several times a week with no one batting an eye because it is what you wear in addition to the pants that is the star of the show.

Find a cut that works best for you. Wide-leg trousers can be a good option if you want to cover up your thighs, but be sure to balance out the voluminous shape created by the pants with slimmer fits in the rest of your clothing. Skinny, cigarette-style trousers are trendy but not universally flattering. Many different body shapes can pull off the bootcut style, but no matter what pant you ultimately choose, make sure they fit!

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