While going back to work might look a little different this year, it still pays to ensure you’ve got the right office basics on hand whether you’re working from home or actually doing it face-to-face. I’ve always believed that great outfits in a work environment have the power to make us feel in the zone and ready to power through a to-do list.

And a brand new year is the right time to tackle your work wardrobe to ensure it’s the perfect tool to accompany you on your way to kicking major career goals in 2021.

Tailored pants

In white or black, having a pair of tailored pants in your closet means you’ve got a whole range of outfits at your disposal. It forms the basis for many a look, and you can take it in any direction you choose. Pair it with a white tee and slides and you’ve got a polished casual look, while a cami or button down shirt says you mean business. It so versatile, consider investing in both hues.

A white shirt

A crisp white shirt is a forever staple that you can never go wrong with. For a very on trend silhouette look for one that’s slightly oversized and with a drop shoulder. You can pair it with a skirt, shorts, or pants and it can go between your work and off duty wardrobe seamlessly.

A ribbed top

Ribbed tops are very much a thing right now. Go for a t-shirt style, a collared polo version with a 70s vibe or a sleek sleeveless or singlet style option. Opt for hues such as caramel, cream, white or mocha and it makes for an instant way to update existing pieces in your wardrobe and make them very much on trend.

A blazer

If you’ve yet to find a blazer that you absolutely adore in your closet, this is the year to plug this gap in your fashion repertoire. Start with a longline black jacket that you can pop on over a dress or pair back with jeans or pants. Once you’ve got this most important of basics nailed, look at expanding into patterned options such as a classic houndstooth or check.

A shirt dress

Whether you’re working from home or back in the office a classic shirt dress is your best friend. Wear it throughout summer with a pair of slides or a low sandal, and transition it to winter with flats or boots. Opt for a neutral hue to ensure maximum versatility and wear from it.

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