Brittany’s workplace calls for career casual. If that’s the case for you, consider yourself lucky: You can choose pieces that pull double duty. Depending on how you style them, your work clothes can be your weekend clothes and vice-versa. Just don’t let relaxed become sloppy—it’s important to keep things polished, even in the most casual workplace.
Brittany has polished down pat. These staples help anchor her wardrobe.
A blazer adds an element of refinement to an outfit. One piece of advice: Find a good tailor. An ill-fitting jacket looks unkempt. Small adjustments to the sleeve length, shoulders, and back can make all the difference.
Zara Double Breasted Blazer; $99.90; available at zara.com.
The Polished Tee
The details of this tee are what elevate it above the basic top. The seam lines create a more structured fit and the back zip adds interest. Wear it on its own or layer it under a blazer.
Topshop Textured Panel Tee; $76.00; available at available at us.topshop.com.
The Work-Appropriate Jean
When wearing denim at work, keep it clean. Leave your favorite distressed, ripped, or whiskered pair for your downtime. Choose a jean with a great fit and simple detailing; it takes you where you want to go.
Zara Skinny Jeans; $49.90; available at zara.com.
The Cropped Straight Leg Pant
This sophisticated cut is as modern as it is wearable. Dress it up with heels. Play it down with an oxford or loafer. The black is guaranteed to be in high rotation in your wardrobe, but try red, too, for a fun option. Don't be afraid of a little color! The tailored cut of the pant ensures you still look professional.
Club Monaco “Betia Cropped Pant”; $159.50; available at clubmonaco.com.
The Pump (with a Twist)
Chances are good you already have a favorite pair (or two) of go-to pumps in your work wardrobe, so this pair shakes things up. The ankle cuff adds just a little edge. This is the pair that can take you from work to a night out. If these are too much for your workplace, wear something simpler for day and tuck these in your bag before happy hour or a dinner date
J. Crew “Quinn Ankle-Cuff Pumps”; $278.00; available at jcrew.com.
Loafers are huge for fall and they are a great alternative to a ballet flat. We’ve seen every wild and wacky variation you can imagine. While we love the skull embroidery and cat faces that we have seen on some, it’s a good idea to pull back a bit for work.
Tory Burch “Tweed Chandra Loafer”; $275.00; available at toryburch.com.
The Top Handle Handbag
This structured bag is a worthy splurge. While we love a roomy tote as much as an oversize clutch, the top handle handbag is one shape that feels really fresh for fall.
Loeffler Randall “The Rider Bag”; $495.00; available at shopbop.com.
Statement jewelry is nothing new—but one foolproof way to build a great wardrobe is to choose beautiful basics and change up your looks with accessories. A bold necklace or bright scarf can take a look to a completely different place. (And don't forget about belts!)
Ann Taylor Striped Square Silk Scarf; $34.99; available at anntaylor.com.
Dawn Cassidy is a fashion writer, personal stylist, and previously author of the blog Enterloop. She currently is expanding her Personal Styling services and plays host to intimate events in the NYC market. She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology.