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5 Chic and Easy Work Uniforms All Ladies Should Try

posted: 05/17/16
by: Katie Morton
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    Be the Boss of Your Wardrobe

    The morning rush is nobody's favorite part of the day--there's commuting, getting the kids off to school, and maintaining your latte with one hand while you check emails with the other. Anything you can do to streamline the morning madness is a blessing. Enter your salvation: The work uniform.

    Creating the perfect work uniform can help make at least one part of those chaotic mornings stress-free. Having that "go to" outfit can save you time and money, and even lead to increased happiness. Look at successful fashion designer Carolina Herrera and tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg -- they both enjoy the benefits of a streamlined wardrobe.

    Ready to create your own? Here are our pro tips for assembling the perfect work-ready uniform. With these tips, you'll always be polished and professional, even on those mornings you lose your battle with the snooze button!

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    1. Classic Black and White

    Matilda Kahl, an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, learned the power of a simple black and white outfit and now reaches for her trademark silk shirt and sleek black trousers every day. Designer Carolina Herrera also favors this palette and is frequently seen in a crisp white shirt and tailored black skirt.

    Make it work for you: You can never go wrong with a well-tailored white shirt. There's a reason it's a classic--this fashion staple flatters all, while imparting instant polish. A crisp, pressed white shirt virtually shouts competence and professionalism. Choose a tailored fit with a mid-length hem so you may opt to tuck or not.

    Black trousers or a black pencil skirt complete the look. Suit bottoms work well here, but you may opt for more casual pair of black pants if your place of business skews creative.

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    2. The Suit Dress

    Elegance and professionalism are a no-brainer when you're wearing a well-constructed dress and pumps. Add a structured handbag and you're ready to take on the world.

    Make it work for you: Seek out a neutral color--think black, grey or beige. Neutrals allow you to add layers and pops of color with accessories so you can dress your outfit up or down, depending on the occasion. Colorful scarves, statement necklaces or patterned shoes add fun and edge to this look.

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    3. The Wrap Dress

    The magic of a wrap dress can't be overstated. Wrap dresses are true fashion chameleons--working with any shape or figure.

    Make it work for you: A classic-hued wrap dress or conservative pattern fits into almost any office environment. If you work in a more creative field, embrace wild patterns or bright shades, like the lovely jade above.

    One caveat, make sure the wrap doesn't show too much cleavage--you're still striving for professionalism. If you need to, a camisole underneath can help cover up. Paired with wedges in the summer and knee-high boots in the winter, you'll always be well dressed with ease.

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    4. The White T-Shirt

    If you spend your days in a casual office, work remotely, or if your boss calls you "MOM," then the white t-shirt may be the staple you need for your daily work uniform.

    Make it work for you: The white t-shirt won't work in most corporate environments, so tread with caution if those around you are in Brooks Brothers. But for most other positions, you can make your white t-shirt work with skirts or tailored pants (even consider deep-rinse jeans for casual Fridays).

    One tip to keep in mind is that tailoring elevates any garment, so take the time to find the right fit. For more inspiration on how to wear a t-shirt to the office, check out these fashionable ideas.

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    5. The Perfect Foundation Piece

    One idea to consider when building your go-to work uniform is using the perfect foundation piece as your wardrobe anchor. Consider the sleek navy sheath dress--there are a thousand ways to wear it. It's all in the styling!

    Make it work for you: Embrace accessories to add panache to the most basic pieces. Consider the multitude of ideas for how to style a basic dress. After looking at all the creative options available to you, you won't ever be able to say, "I have nothing to wear!"

    Your go-to work uniform can be your fashion savior during rushed mornings. Knowing that you have a complete ensemble to reach for that always looks put-together can help you get your day off on the right foot.