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As a "young professional" I would say that half of my wardrobe is worn for work. When I graduated from college five years ago - I didn't really have any clue about "work staples" or that fine line between business casual and just plain casual. Aside from the obvious of having at least two suits - or more if you work for a Business Professional company - which I did for two years, you can pretty much make anything business casual, but where do you start?!
Dresses
Personally, I love wearing dresses to work because I don't have to think about coordinating an outfit. They are easy & if you find a flattering fit, can be taken from day to night! You'll find a lot of black, grey & navy dresses in my closet. 
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Skirts
As long as it's an appropriate length and not super tight I think it's acceptable to wear a variation of colors, but keep with a classic silhouette. I have a lot of pencil skirts but not too much color - hopefully for spring that will change.
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Pants
I have become a huge fan of the ankle pant. I find it to be extremely flattering and works well with heels or flats. With that being said I have a classic pair of black and grey pants as well.
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I own the Sloan pant from Banana Republic and they are easily my favorite pants to wear to work! 

Blouses
This is pretty much a free for all and again as long as it's work appropriate (whatever that means for your firm) I say go for it! You can always throw a cardigan over anything sleeveless! 
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If you need further inspiration for classic pieces revamped, I love checking out The Classy Cubicle - she has fantastic work wear and always looks perfectly put together!

What are some staple work items you have in your closet? Where do you like to shop for work wear?

Next week - Staple Accessories including shoes!!

xo,
Biana
P.S. Thank you all so much for all your kind words yesterday!! It's amazing the friendships that have been built from this little corner of the internet! 



41 comments

  1. Oh I am loving this post!!! Especially with all the pretty visuals (you know I'm a visual learner ;-) I was trying to pick favorites but girl you nailed like all of it. I think I need to print these out and bring them shopping with me as a guide. I agree dresses are my favorite....plus it's so much easier in the morning to throw on a dress instead of having to come up with a top and a bottom :) xoxoxo

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  2. Seriously loving every single one of those dresses! I'm like you, I love wearing dresses to work. Mainly because dress pants don't fit me... WAY too short :( I'm loving that top row of pants though! Lucky for me I get to wear jeans to work though!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. Love all of these, especially those skirts! The one thing I hate about my job is I have to wear scrubs to work!!! :(((((

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  4. I love all of those dresses! I wear dresses almost everyday in Spring and Summer. It's just so much easier to throw on a dress for the day. XO

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  5. I definitely need some fun skirts in my wardrobe. And I love that pink dress!

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  6. I adore that red Banana Republic skirt! So my style! :) Great work-wear

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  7. I love dresses at work too but simple ones since I really don't need to dress up (especially in the summer when everyone is gone!) great pieces!!

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  8. LOVE ankle pants for work. xoxo

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  9. I love all the dresses and blouses! My two favorite pieces!

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  10. great choices, and i am loving those pants. great cut.

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  11. love pretty much everything! i love ankle pants as well :)

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  12. I love the dresses and the ankle pants. I need to revamp my wardrobe now!

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  13. I am in desperate need of tops for the office for spring/summer! Thanks for the great suggestions!

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  14. You definitely have the business professional/casual staples down in your closet - what great choices. I need to try out ankle pants!

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  15. Well now I don't have anything to wear and must go shopping :)

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  16. Blouses are definitely my favorite to shop for. I don't have a lot of dressy clothes anymore because we are business casual here at my office. I just dress up my jeans basically :)

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  17. yes i def love dresses for work!! i wear them with cardigans, blazers or solo! def a great option!

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  18. I love wearing dresses to work! So much easier and sometimes cuter! I graduated college almost a year ago and half of my "college" clothes are still begging to be worn! Luckily, where I work, I can get away with white skinny jeans in the spring/summer! Oh I've been looking for ankle pants that are flattering/fit me, but it's been one big fail :( I think because I'm so short...I'll just stick to dresses for now!

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  19. I have been LOVING ankle pants lately too!! I feel like they are everywhere, I haven't found a pair yet that I don't like!

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  20. Dresses are definitely a must-have staple for me! And a large handbag/purse!!

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  21. love all of these work staples - kinda makes me miss going to work and dressing up every day but then i am good with leggings and stay home with a baby for now :-)

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  22. I love these options for work! I feel like I'm always looking for clothes that I can transition from work to going out and these options would all work great!

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  23. Yes, love blouses! Then I feel like I'm getting my money's worth because I can wear them on the weekends and to work. Dresses = easy = hear ya ha.

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  24. i usually wear pants and a top to work but i want to buy more dresses! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  25. This is exactly how I would picture you to dress at work! I love the government, AKA NASA because they lean more on the business-casual side. When I worked in a more uppity environment I spent $$$$$$$ to dress the part. Funny thing is one girl at that place bought all her work wear from Victoria Secret--- she looked more loosey goosey than business professional!! :) I am surprised no one ever told her!!!!!!

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  26. I'm sooooo cheap when it comes to work clothes. My office is locked and closed to the public so I guess I just don't give a shit what I look like to be honest, hahaha!

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  27. I love a good trouser-- I think that's definitely a place to spend money to make sure it fits right in all the right places! I will have to look into the Banana ones you mentioned! I've actually had good luck finding a few pieces at target that I love!

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  28. Soooooo glad I work from home, because wearing all of those and having to take off my workout clothes everyday sounds no fun! Lol Great picks girl! I'd love to see your picks for casual business - like blazers and jeans, etc.

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  29. I would like one of everything please!! loving this post!!

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  30. So funny we are the same age! Yes, I agree that most of my wardrobe goes to work - i wish i worked in a fun office that had no dress code!!!

    Abby
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  31. Ummmm, I loved this post. I just started working back in an office and am trying to stock up on some more work clothes that can transition from the office to the bar (obviously!). I really love graphic ankle pants, but I really need some new blouses to war with them.

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  32. Love all those colorful skirts! I need some more spring colors in my wardrobe for sure.

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  33. I wish I could wear cute clothes to work! I am stuck in navy scrubs! :(
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  34. I totally found myself wearing some outfits that were a little too casual when I first entered the work force. It's hard when it comes to colored pants too cause many are sort of a jean material. I need more work skirts but ones that aren't super tight. I do like the trill of dressing up tho and bus cas clothes have definitely gotten cuter!

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  35. I wear standard black pants almost every day (in the winter) and then mix it up with different tops! In the summer I wear lots of dresses but this year I really want to start wearing skirts! I'm having a hard time finding ones that are long enough but don't look like nun skirts though haha love some of your options here!

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  36. Pixie pants were my go to work pants for so long with a fancy top and heels. These are all great choices!

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  37. Ooooh, really love that first dress you posted!

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  38. I just signed up to get notified when Tory Burch releases her Fitbit! I can not wait! xoxo, BA

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  39. Loving all of these looks! Many of the clothes I purchase now can double as work wear and play!

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  40. Love all of these, especially those skirts! The one thing I hate about my job is I have to wear scrubs to work!!! :(((((
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