Hey guys! After recently posting my Amazon Summer Capsule Wardrobe, many of you asked if I could recommend some workwear appropriate items to throw in the mix. So today I’m sharing a summer capsule wardrobe for work.
Summer Work Capsule Wardrobe 2021
As with any capsule wardrobe, I tried to whittle the pieces down to my favorite essentials. Before I went into blogging full-time, I worked 2 ten hour shifts a week in a cardiology office. As a nurse practitioner, I had to look professional, but those weren’t the types of clothes I wore in my mom life the other 5 days of the week.
Where To Start
When starting a capsule wardrobe for work I had to think what of the item I re-wore the most in the office? For me it was a simple pair of work appropriate pants. Is the term slacks still current? That’s what my mom calls what I term “work pants”. I would recommend finding a pair of pants you love and wearing them as much as possible. Anyone worrying that you wear the same pants on repeat has too much time on their hands if you ask me.
Work Appropriate Dresses
A flattering dress is also something you can restyle for the office several different ways. What I love about a dress is that it’s one and done! No coordinating a top into the mix. Add a blazer and you can change the look of a basic, well-fitting dress. No one will know you wear the same dress every week!
Below you will find some office appropriate dresses that would be good for summer. The tan dress below also come in black. Black is the safest office “color” because it’s year round and easy to accessorize, but I prefer lighter colors for summer. While you almost never see me in black these days, I wore it regularly when I had an office job.
Office Appropriate Pants
Regarding pants, I personally prefer a slimmer fitting trouser with an ankle fit for the office. I think this style looks great with both flats and heels, and pairs well with most tops. While I like a wide leg trouser, I think they look best worn with heels, and I wasn’t always up for being on my feet all day in heels. I also think wide leg pants look good with a more fitted top and since my office got catering almost everyday I tended to wear more billowy blouses to conceal my after lunch food baby.
Skirts fall into the same category as pants for me in the capsule wardrobe: Something to pair with tops. I find the pencil skirt is flattering on most women’s bodies. Almost everyone is slimmest at the waist which is why the pencil skirt is so flattering. Again – depending on your build – have a great skirt altered to be your perfect skirt so you can repeat it often.
Lastly, as more offices are becoming more casual with their dress code, I love a good pair of comfy chic joggers that can be dressed up for the office. They look awsome styled with a pair of heels. Another casual pant option are dark wash jeans!
Office Appropriate Shoes
I asked my Facebook crew if they were allowed to wear sandals at work and the majority of gals said “no”. My office required closed toe shoes, and I would repeat the same 2 or so pairs each season. At home I wear sandals or sneakers in the summer so I stuck to the basics in the office.
Office Wardrobe Accessories
A tote bag is generally big enough for your lunch and a few folders of the work you may take home because you were distracted by Instagram behind your desk. Perhaps that was just me.
Basic jewelry is a no fail option. Here are a few of my favorites accessories to pair with workwear:
Is your office cold? Mine always fluctuated so much. Depending on where you live, layering pieces such as blazers and cardigans are essential. I added a cute neutral blazer in the mix if where you live is still cold in the mornings.
Top It Off
While you want a few basic tops, this is definitely are place where you can easily swap in some trendier pieces as well. The classic button down shirt is definitely a workwear staple.
The Perfect Work Totes
A big and spacious work bag is essential to an office capsule wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with either a classic black and tan tote, but having one in each color will give you ease of mind that you will always have a bag that goes nicely with your outfit.
I’m not sure how many of you are back to working in an office setting. Seems like more companies are allowing some work from home schedules. Obviously I work from home so I don’t get dressed up like this very often. If you guys like seeing workwear ideas please let me know and I can accommodate more often!!
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