Office dress codes have gotten more and more relaxed. Especially here in the Bay Area, many offices are ditching official dress codes allowing employees to come dressed in whatever they feel most comfortable wearing. That means denim is replacing suits, and ties have virtually disappeared. Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate comfort while working, but there is something about being in a well-put-together outfit that gives me a certain confidence in the office. Combining comfort with casual workwear, I have been working on my work capsule wardrobe that I like to call, A Step Above Casual Workwear.
Creating a capsule wardrobe
Putting together a cohesive work wardrobe with interchangeable pieces makes it effortless to get ready each morning and look your best. My everyday work wardrobe contains 3 categories – sweaters, blouses, and pants.
While I say blouses, I am heavy on the sweaters since offices tend to be cold and San Francisco weather is always unpredictable. brr.
When picking pieces in these categories, I focus on maximizing the use of every item. For example, when purchasing a sweater, I visualize a few outfit combinations before making a buy. Can I wear this in the office? On the weekend? Does this work with trousers and with jeans? For me, the best pieces are ones that can be dressed up or down and worn a few different ways.
Creating a cohesive capsule allows you to mix and match without breaking the bank on a whole closet full of work clothes.
Shop my favorites
Each season, I’ll add a couple of pieces to spice up my rotation. Here are a few that I’m eyeing for spring and summer.
My current favorites