Routines can be great. They keep you from oversleeping, keep you clean, and help you look totally badass when you and your friends bust out Thriller at Halloween parties. But if your work routine is leaving you feeling less than motivated at the office, upgrading some of your go-to wardrobe pieces may be just what you need to recharge those 9-to-5 vibes (that and an office-wide flashmob of Single Ladies at lunch).
Trusty Workwear Staple: Sophisticated Flat
This comfy work shoe is a must-have. If you're going to splurge, splurge on this. A low heel is a must when it comes to this category, and they minimize the risk of blisters.
Alternative: Open-Toe Mule
But if you're looking to mix things up, these blush suede beauties are comfy and their subtle color will add instant character to just about any outfit. High quality material: check.
Trusty Workwear Staple: Structured Black Blazer
A structured blazer is a great way to project confidence and professionalism, no matter what's underneath (clothing-wise, not person-wise, because you're awesome, of course). If you're looking to swap out your go-to confidence coat for something fresh, try this scholarly alternative…
Alternative: Scholastic Jacket
This jacket has the shape of its predecessor with a little Ivy-league charm. Its classic shape and simple design make it a versatile new addition to your workwear rotation.
Trusty Workwear Staple: Biz Casual Plain T
Everyone has a go-to business casual shirt that goes with just about everything (chances are, it's black). This is anything with a flattering neckline that is comfortable, soft, and slightly fitted to allow for a jacket or tucking.
Alternative: Ruffle-Sleeve Top
This is a more stylish take on a simple staple. It's flattering and fun and stripes are basically a neutral pattern. It can be tucked in or out and will jazz up any old pair of slacks or skirt (or jeans, if your office is super chill).
Trusty Workwear Staple: Simple Black Slacks
Nothing makes an outfit look more dated than an old pant style. Slim-fit slacks will probably always look timeless, but cropped flares are a fun new alternative.
Alternative: Cropped Flares
I have yet to find an photo where these look unflattering (they sound like they would be, right??), so they're pretty much the Sisterhood of the Traveling pants of workwear slacks.
Trusty Workwear Staple: White Button Down
There is no end in sight for the classic button-down menswear collared shirt, which is why the "reworked shirt" was a hit on the runways last year. If your basic collared shirt is feeling boring or dated, try this…
Alternative: The Reworked Shirt
I know, what does "reworked" mean? Well, basically a bunch of different designers put their own new spin on this classic style. Updated here reads as slightly more flirty yet modest (with ruffled sleeves nonetheless!).
If you're on a budget, just start with one of these tweaks and slowly build your new look. (Or just go to the store and try them on for funsies).