I’m sharing a secret about workwear! You don’t have to have a totally separate wardrobe for it. You just have to have a few staple pieces to build different looks. You’ll realize that what you wear to work, you can also wear on the weekends with a few changes with shoes and accessories. I’m sharing some of my top tips on how to build a workwear capsule wardrobe that you’ll be able to wear for years to come. With these pieces, you’ll be able to create a variety of different looks with not much effort or have to spend money on a totally separate wardrobe for life outside of work. For more inspiration on how to style classic pieces multiple ways, you’ll love this post too!

How to Build a Workwear Capsule Wardrobe


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How to Build a Workwear Capsule Wardrobe

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This first look is generally what you think of with workwear – black ankle pants, pumps, blazer and a neutral shirt. But what I love about all of these specific pieces is you can build multiple looks with them. A blazer is a must-have staple for your workwear capsule wardrobe because you can layer it over a dress, pair it with a pencil skirt or ankle pants like it’s shown here. Plus you can wear this blazer with denim jeans to go to dinner on the weekends too. Simply layer a graphic tee under it and pair it with sneakers to dress down the look.

This peach ruffle shirt is another great basic workwear staple because it’s not your basic blouse. The ruffle detail around the neck and on the sleeves gives it interest, and you can wear it with other things like denim. I finished the look with a classic neutral pump, and white pendant earrings.

How to build a workwear capsule wardrobe | Dress and coat work outfit
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There are two workwear capsule pieces featured in this look. The first is this sweater coat. You want to have a nicer coat to wear to work besides something like a puffer coat that generally looks more casual. This type of jacket will last you years and years and matches the dressier style of your work wardrobe. I love the beautiful light blue color – it’s different than your typical black or brown.

A midi dress is another staple piece to have in your workwear collection. In my opinion, dresses are more comfortable than pants to wear, especially one like this that’s flowy and long. You can wear heels shown here or you can suede booties for more warmth and coverage. Finish the look with a neutral lip color like the one pictured. You’ll feel confident to take on any workday in this look.

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Who says workwear can’t be comfortable? These Tory Burch Minnie flats are so gorgeous and come in a few other colors. I love this blush because it can literally be paired with any color. They’re a great staple to have and wear to work besides pumps, boots or mules. And you probably know by now that my love for a denim jacket is strong. It’s so comfortable and gives you that added layer of warmth when the office seems like a tundra. For more ways to style a denim jacket, check out this post!

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A black pencil skirt is a great workwear capsule wardrobe staple. I love pairing flats with a pencil skirt for a more understated, casual look. Don’t get me wrong, I love pumps with a pencil skirt too. But don’t limit what you can wear with them, so you get your money’s worth out of it. This floral top is so much fun to pair a basic black skirt with. But you could also pair a bodysuit and blazer with these flats and pencil skirt too. The options are endless.

How to dress up a bodysuit

This bodysuit is fun to dress up or down for work. I paired it with a pencil skirt and nude pumps in this collage, but you could also wear it with flats, mules or booties. You could even take this bodysuit for a spin on the weekends and pair with jeans and white sneakers or some fun wedges. For an added layer for the office, I paired it with this white blazer. But you could also do a long cardigan or a denim jacket for a more casual look.

I also love a good tote bag for the office to throw all the essentials in plus your computer or tablet if you have one for work. This Tory Burch one is so chic with neutral colors.

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You just have to have a few basic pieces in your workwear collection that you can build with other pieces you already have in your closet. What’s one workwear piece that you tend to grab the most from your closet? Let me know in the comments below!

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