• Carla Arvie

Closet Makeover: 5 Essentials You Need for Your Professional Wardrobe


A question I often hear is, "How do I build up my professional wardrobe"? If you find yourself in the same boat trying to figure this out then this is the post for you! I have 5 essential pieces that will help equip you with looking your sleekest in your everyday work life.


1. Work Trousers

Having the perfect black business slacks is a must! There are many good ones to choose from too. My most fave type is a cropped pant because it makes me look taller. I often pair with a cute blouse or basic tank and layering piece.


Recommended Stores: Nordstrom, H&M, and Old Navy

Costs: Moderate-Expensive

$30-$100



The one pictured here is from H&M and costs $35.

2. White Button Up

Again...we are getting to the very basics of a professional wardrobe - which cannot be complete without a crisp button-up. I think it's great to have 2-3 different business/button up tops in white. This is such a versatile option that you can either wear open with a tank, style it half-tucked, or wear buttoned up with high waist bottoms.


Recommended Stores: Nordstrom, J.Crew

Costs: Moderate-Expensive

$40-$80


The shirt pictured here is from J.Crew originally and costed me $7 via a lucky thrift find! It's the best button down I've ever owned and I plan to go to the actual store to purchase a fresher one soon!

3. Pencil Skirt

A pencil skirt is an easy way to add some femme flair to your work basics. This is the type of piece that looks good on every woman's body type (in my opinion). I own several, including a black and beige one. You can easily style this with a layering jacket, a classic button-up, or a basic tee with pumps or stylish flats.


Recommended Stores: Thrift Shops, Lulu's, ASOS, J.Crew, & GAP

Costs: Inexpensive-Expensive

$20-$80


The skirt shown here is thrifted and is a Worthington piece that costed me $5.

4. Third Piece

Invest in a great neutral colored blazer to get your work wear going. Afterwards you can add on cardigans, vests, and other options. A third piece such as a jacket ultimately elevates an outfit.

This type of piece is easy to throw over a dress or work blouse.


Recommended Stores: H&M, Nordstrom, ASOS, & Target

Costs: Moderate-Expensive

$25-$100


The blazer shown above is by Target and was thrifted for $5.



The vest pictured here is originally from New York & Company and was a thrift find for $3.

5. Pointed Flats/Pumps

I highly encourage you to get a pair of pointy flats and pumps if you don't already own a pair. This particular style is a favorite of mine because it makes any outfit look elegant and crisp. I own a nude, black, gray, white and a couple patterned pointy shoes.


Recommended Stores: ASOS, Old Navy, H&M, & DSW

Costs: Inexpensive - Moderate

$20-$50

The gingham pair pictured here is from Forever21 (sold out) and was $20.

That's all I have for you! I'm sharing a new #ClosetMakeover post with you all very soon :)

To keep up with these go ahead and visit my Closet Makeover page.

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