Building A Versatile Work Wardrobe

Building A Versatile Work Wardrobe

I used to think workwear had to be boring: black pants and some sort of blouse or a suit and button up. Not that these options have to be boring, but when you can introduce additional pieces, pattern mixing, and color, the variety makes it a lot more fun to get dressed.

While office dress codes vary, there are so many ways to mix up your look yet keep it office appropriate- without spending a lot or having a huge closet!

It wasn’t too long ago that I had to figure out how to transition from a college wardrobe to business casual. Here’s one of my favorite throwbacks: a polka dot blouse paired with a herringbone skirt and neutral accessories.

Greater Than Rubies

Whether you’re just starting your career, you’re a mom heading back into the workforce, or you’re already a corporate guru, here are a few of my best tips and tricks to create a versatile work wardrobe for time spent on and off the clock.

Greater Than Rubies for McKinney Magazine

In this month’s Style File for McKinney Magazine, learn:

  • My tips on deciding which color suit to purchase;
  • How to mix up the shapes of your suit pieces to create multiple outfit options;
  • The tricks to choosing pieces that work on and off the clock;
  • How to make a suit look modern and fresh;
  • The key to pattern mixing in the office;
  • Tricks to transition pieces from warm to cooler weather;
  • What to look for when purchasing pieces to define your waist and create an hourglass figure.

Click through to page 34 for the article or view the plain text here.

Let us know: are you in the corporate world? What’s one of your biggest challenges when it comes to your wardrobe?


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  • Meghan June 5, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Thankfully, I don’t have a very strict dress code a my office and am able to really bring patterns and colors into the mix.

    • Caitlin Author June 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

      That’s great, Meghan! It’s fun when you’ve got a little extra freedom to show your style at the office. :)

  • LeeAnne June 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    One can wear A LOT of combinations for work. I chronicle what I wear for work everyday, and the ensembles include pattern mixing and colorblocking and tons of accessories. It’s a lot of fun! You can see it on my blog Style N Season and on instagram @stylenseason

    Visit me:
    LeeAnne, Style N Season

    • Caitlin Author June 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      LeeAnne, I’m so glad you stopped by! You’re absolutely right, and I’m excited to see your looks. I hope you’ll share them with us through the weekly remix on Mondays, too! We have a theme each week, but you can always link up an older look if you didn’t have time to snap a photo. We’d love to have you!

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