If it suits you

No corporate warrior should go without a sleek, smart blazer. New rules of fashion mean that matching top and bottom suits are a thing of the past, so pick up a well-made blazer in neutral tones (think black, nude, navy blue or charcoal grey) and get ready to mix and match. And since a good blazer instantly adds polish to your outfit, you can easily get away with pairing it with a white tee or casual dress.

Crisp and clean

A white button-down shirt is an essential building block in your wardrobe. You can wear it with almost anything but if you’re game for something more interesting, try pairing it with a high-waist skirt and statement belt to make a powerful first impression. A slim-fitting shirt and a voluminous skirt that skims the knee is also a head-turning combination that works for work.

Fit for a lady

There was a time when women in pants were frowned upon. Today, a well-fitting pair of black dress pants says ‘professional’- and they’re comfortable too. Take your time to find a pair that flatters your figure. When you do, it’s a good idea to get the pants hemmed so that it ends just at the top of your foot. This way, you’ll be able to wear it with both heels and flats.

Don’t skip the skirt

Rumour has it that the pencil skirt, defined by its straight, narrow cut, was first introduced by French designer Christian Dior in the late 1940s. Since then, it has earned a spot in every woman’s wardrobe as a staple that has clearly stood the test of time.

With several modern variations of the pencil skirt available, there’s something for every body type. Ladies with wider hips should look for pencil skirts that run straight from the hip down to the hem, avoiding tapered ones that may overemphasise the hips. If you’re apple-shaped (slim lower body with weight around the middle), go for a structured one that ends just at the knee to draw attention to those lovely trim legs.

Make the shift

The classic shift dress comes with a timeless silhouette that complements every body type. Slip it on and you’ll look smart and well put together in an instant.

Since it’s a one-piece wonder, the shift dress is a lifesaver on those frantic mornings when you can’t decide what to wear. To cover up, try a cardigan instead of a structured blazer for a softer, more feminine look.

The best thing about a well-chosen shift dress is that it transitions beautifully from day to night. All you need to do is switch out your accessories - consider going from a simple pendant or classy pearls for the office to a bold statement necklace for dinner and drinks.

In well-heeled company

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe definitely got that right. Shoes are the finishing touch to any outfit. And the one that should be at the top of your list is a pair of classic black pumps. Whether you prefer a pointed or rounded toe, black pumps add a touch of timeless style and sophistication that your corporate wardrobe deserves.

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