If you’re just entering the work force, returning to it, or starting a high-powered new job, it’s a great time to check out the latest styles in work clothes for women. Gone are the days when womens pant suits were required every day — though they’re still important!
Now, there is more flexibility with womens clothes in the workplace, but it’s still important to look polished and professional. Different workplaces also have different requirements for womens clothes.
Hopefully during your first interviews or visits to your new workplace, you got a feel for the appropriate choices of work clothes for women. Use that as a guide, but beyond that, here are some staples of womens clothes you should keep in your work wardrobe.
Womens pant suits: Womens pant suits aren’t required in many American workplaces any more, but if you’re in a management position, you will likely need at least one. Womens pant suits are just as accepted as more formal skirt suits these days, but you still need to choose carefully. Pick a classic cut, color, and fabric for your womens pant suits so you won’t need to replace them often.
Skirts and pants: For times when you don’t feel like wearing womens pant suits, skirt and pants separates are also, of course, appropriate work clothes for women. Again, it’s best to pick basic colors — black, navy blue, and maybe khaki. This way, you can change outfits by just changing your tops, and you won’t need to buy as many separates.