The New Work Basics

Elevate your work wardrobe with modern updates that won't leave you feeling #basic.
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Elevate your work wardrobe with modern updates that won't leave you feeling #basic.
Image via Elle.com

Image via Elle.com

If you work full time in an office, you spend a lot of time in your work clothes. Let me tell you, friends - it is so, so easy to get into an office fashion rut. Having a go-to "uniform" is great, but you can only reach for for the same button-ups, pencil skirts, and ballet flats so many times before you want to burn your entire closet to the ground. 

Before you get to the point of arson, may I suggest rethinking your basics. Rather than just plunking your hard-earned cash this fall on some uber trendy items, try investing in a couple of what I like to think of as the "new basics" - the modern, somewhat-trendy-but-classic-enough pieces that will breathe new life into your work wardrobe

Pointy Toed Flats

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Products: Lipstick, earrings, blouse, pants, blazer, flats, bag, bangle

Move over, ballet flats and strappy heels - the pointy toed flat is where it's at. While chunky, menswear-inspired footwear ruled the runways in the fall, the pointy toe silhouette was also spotted everywhere, from flats to heels. I love pointy-toed flats because the silhouette is elongating and elegant, and acts as the perfect canvas for bright suedes and animal patterns, making it the perfect addition to any work wardrobe. 

A pair of cobalt blue pointy toed flats brings a bright pop of color to a trendy but neutral outfit of a button-up, printed pants, and a textured blazer. Modern silver jewelry, like some edgy geometric earrings and a mesh bangle, brings a bit of glitz while still keeping to the neutral palette. A lilac bag adds another complementary pop of color. Finish the look with a coat of mauve-y pink lipstick. 

Tie-Front Blouse

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Products: Blouse, lipstick, eyeliner, bag, loafers, skirt, phone case, earrings, ring

Your silky button-ups are definitely the MVPs of your work wardrobe; give them a vacation by switching them out for a couple of ultra-femme tie-front blouses. White is a clear color choice here, but I also love this look in neutrals like cream, peach, nude, and rose. 

Pair one of these blouses with your most masculine, clean-lined pieces for a balanced look, or play up the girliness with floaty pieces and sweet colors. 

For a trendy but polished work look, try pairing a white tie-front blouse with a metallic silver midi skirt, some wine-colored loafers, and a sky blue work bag. Rose gold accessories with silver touches, like a geometric phone case, a minimalist ring, and rose quartz earrings, give this look a modern feel, while a wine-colored lip and liquid eyeliner add a touch of vampiness that's still appropriate for a Monday morning meeting.  

Long Vest

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Products: Vest, turtleneck, watch, loafersbag, trousers

Don't get me wrong - I'm not telling you to trash your beloved blazers, but the long and layered look is very in right now, and it doesn't seem to be going away. A long vest is the easiest way to get that look - throw over a basic pants + blouse combo, and voila! You're a futuristic work warrior. 

For a work look that's perfect for fall, pair a crisp white linen longline vest with your trusty sleeveless turtleneck blouse from the summer. For an autumnal edge, add a slimming pant in a terra-cotta orange reminiscent of Potter's Clay, one of Pantone's colors for Fall 2016. A chunky gold watch adds a bit of masculine glam, while neutral accessories like nude loafers and a patchwork bag, add a bit of polish. 

What do you think? 

What basics do you turn to for work? Do you agree with this list? Would you wear any of these looks? Let me know in the comments below!