Back to work clothes: 6 staple pieces to add to your wardrobe

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We've rounded up some of the best new additions to your wardrobe to take you from WFH to wowing the office. Photo: Getty Images

Although many people across the country are still working from home, others are being encouraged to return to the office. 

But when you've been working in your trackies and Ugg boots for the past 18 months, it's hard to know exactly what constitutes appropriate workwear. 

We've rounded up some of the best new additions to your wardrobe to take you from WFH to wowing the office.

Slouchy Blazer

A blazer is the ultimate power move, but a slouchy blazer is the perfect transition back to a professional environment. Wear it with a shirt and matching pants to really pack a punch, or simply over a plain t-shirt with wide legs pants and sneakers for a more relaxed, but still stylish look. Ginger and Smart's Future Self Jacket, $559, even has removable sleeves, making it the ultimate transeasonal item. 

Ginger and Smart's Future Self Jacket
Ginger and Smart's jacket is the ultimate transition back to the office piece. Credit: Ginger and Smart


For many people during lockdown, jewellery was not something that was worn everyday. But some carefully chosen pieces can elevate even the simplest of outfits into something polished and chic. Look for interesting shaped earrings that are subtle but not overpowering, and necklaces that can be layered over basics to up the interest factor in your outfit. 

Brenna Necklace in gold from Shop.
Accessories can bring some interest to a basic outfit. Credit: Showpo

Wide leg pants

Flattering, comfortable, smart and versatile, wide-legged pants will make you look the part when you're back in the office - but keep you comfortable too. Wear them with heels or flats on the bottom, a fitted tank, jumper or shirt on top, and you'll look put together in an instant. The Ember Trouser by Camilla and Marc, $450, are made from a stretch crepe and have an elasticated back making them extra comfy- they're not quite trackie bottoms, but a close second.

Ember Trouser, Camilla and Marc
Wide leg pants, like these from Camilla and Marc are versatile and stylish. Credit: Camilla and Marc


A towering heel is at odds with months spent in Uggs and sneakers. For your back to work wardrobe, a small heel on a smart boot will see you through the first foray back in to smart shoes. Choose a pair that can be worn with dresses and pants, will work with stockings during winter, and bare legs as it warms up. These Schutz Bette Booties, $193.21 are the perfect pair.

Schutz Bette Booties
Look for a low heel with a great shape, like these Schutz Bette Booties. Credit: Showpo


Knit dress

When you're used to being comfortable, but need to show willing, a knit dress is the perfect compromise. Glamorous but understated, this Holzweiler Hadeland Knit Dress, $365.54, is hard to go past. Wear a blazer over the top, and pair with heels or flats, depending on how formal your office environment is. 

Holzweiler Hadeland Knit Dress
This Holzweiler Hadeland Knit Dress, $365.54 is ideal for going back to work during winter. Credit: Showpo


A bag can make you look put together - even if you don't feel it. If you'd forgotten how much stuff you need while you're out of the house for a whole day, choose a bag that will house all your things in one place, and still look professional. This Tory Burch Mcgraw Satchel Tote, $689.30, has a cross body strap to make life even easier.

Tory Burch Mcgraw Satchel Tote
A cross body bag like this Tory Burch Mcgraw Satchel Tote will pull your outfit together. Credit: Showpo

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