Outfits That Will Survive Your 9 to 5

Outfits That Will Survive Your 9 to 5

Every minute counts when it comes to your morning alarm, so why waste time mulling over outfits? My trick for a seamless work morning is to keep your closet stocked with classic business casual pieces. You don’t need more options and decisions taking up your time. By fine-tuning your professional wardrobe, you can mix and match to quickly and easily create an array of classy ensembles. On top of being perfect for any professional setting, these looks are also comfortable enough to carry you through a full day of sitting, walking, emailing, jumping through hoops, and being an overall boss.

Both looks in this article highlight an absolute must-have for any professional Fashionista: slacks. I know, I know. When you see slacks you probably don’t think “chic,” but trust me when I say that they are a staple you should go out and get ASAP (after you’re done reading this, of course). With a flattering slim leg, ankle-length cut, and body-hugging fit, these are not a pair of pants you borrowed from mom’s closet.

A classic button-down tucked in with a simple belt complements the fitted pants and adds dimension. Lightweight shirts are perfect for the office because they keep you comfortably covered and shield you against the A/C without being too warm.

Lastly, you can bring one of this season’s most loved trends to work with you via these incredibly versatile and chic loafer slides. I have been wearing these non-stop to work, on the weekends, and everywhere in between. You simply can’t go wrong with these. On your arm, a leather tote is big enough to lug your lunch in but still adds a clean and professional finish to the look.

This next outfit takes a printed pair of slacks and complements them with a simple cream colored camisole and bomber. It’s important to choose a bomber that is lightweight with minimal details; this distinguishes a polished bomber from the one you’d pair with ripped jeans on the weekend.

To kick up the class of this look by about one and a half inches, try a pair of nude heels that are not too high, but not too low. You need to be able to make it through the day while still reaping the benefits of a lengthened silhouette (you can always pack the loafers in your purse, just in case).

Last but not least, you want to keep your accessories, hair, and makeup minimal in most professional settings. Dress codes vary, but in my experience, the phrase “less is more” usually applies. A simple set of jewelry is my go-to, along with a classic half-up, half-down hairstyle or low bun. On my face in these photos, and at the office, is a breathable BB cream, peach tone blush, touch of bronzer, highlight, mascara, and nude gloss to finish. Barely there, but much needed to look awake and ready to take care of business.

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