Capsule Wardrobe, Outfits and Style

#MyStyle: Capsule Wardrobe Outfit 1.49 – The work uniform

In my last post I wrote about my typical momiform and what I usually reach for to put together an easy outfit when life as a mum gets crazy. Today’s post is about my work uniform – my work outfit staples that I reach for to create office-appropriate outfits for those mornings when I haven’t had much sleep the night before (which is most nights).

I’ve mentioned before that my current workplace isn’t overly corporate and that suits aren’t compulsory. However, having worked in a corporate environment for years before I got pregnant with my first child has left me with a habit of wearing blazers, tailored pants and button up shirts, even if they’re not required.

When Hayley from The French Experiment asked about work capsules on Instagram, I thought I’d share my work outfit on the #tfewarkdrobe hashtag as well as here. If you have a look at my essentials capsule this will give you a pretty good idea of what I will typically wear to work – more specifically, my staple items from that capsule are:

  1. Blazer – absolutely essential for sprucing up any work outfit. Not do I wear it with the usual suspects (ie the black pants or black skirt with the striped tee or white blouse from the essentials capsule), I’ll also wear it with my skinny jeans and a work-appropriate blouse for casual Fridays.
  2. Black pants – I’m more of a trousers girl (the tomboy from my youth stills lurks in there) and these Marcs pants have been a revelation. The perfect length, the perfect fit.
  3. Tote bag – my Louis Vuitton Neverfull is my bag of choice for carrying around all the papers and books I need to bring for work. It goes with everything and is a classic, timeless piece.

How I vary this work uniform:

  • As mentioned above, I’ll wear the blazer with a casual yet office friendly ensemble for Fridays (although in reality every day can be casual Friday where I currently work).
  • Sometimes I ditch the blazer and go with a different topper with the black pants – I can’t wait for winter to officially start as I have some fabulous jackets I’d love to get back into!
  • A variety of blouses to mix up the black blazer and pants outfit – stripes are my go-to, but I am also partial to the spot print on this Gap blouse.
  • I change up the shoes with the blazer-and-pants combo. The constant features of my footwear? They’re always flat and they’re always comfortable (especially for hours of standing).
  • Accessories are key and I’ll add simple, minimalist pieces most days; or I’ll go full on with the arm party and rings for more casual work outfits. I don’t have any affinity with any particular metal and do like mixing them up for interest.


Blazer: Portmans (similar)
Blouse: Gap (similar)
Pants: Marcs (similar)
Shoes: Witchery (similar)
Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull

What are your go to pieces for work? How do you mix them up in a capsule wardrobe?

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10 thoughts on “#MyStyle: Capsule Wardrobe Outfit 1.49 – The work uniform

  1. I love the look of a suit. Always polished and classy. I especially love creating suits with non-suit pieces. You look great.

    Welcome by tomorrow and linkup with me and join me every Thursday in linking your latest stylish outfits. Thanks and Happy Hump Day! Ada. =)

  2. I love ankle pants for work, especially in prints. Pairing them with a plain colored top in a neutral or matching color makes it easy for me in the mornings! Love the classic colors in your outfit and those shoes are so cute!

    1. Lol I’m the opposite… our workplace is pretty casual too but I use work as an opportunity to dress up and wear clothes I normally wouldn’t because I’ve got kids hanging off me! 😀

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