Let’s be real — women’s workplace style and fashion depicted in the mainstream media is far from practical. Those pencil skirts and high heels definitely look good, but are they comfortable enough for you to go through an entire day at work?
If you’re personally comfortable in them, that’s fantastic; however, many of us prefer clothing that scores high on both comfort and style. Yes, this is possible, and that’s exactly what we are going to talk about today. As part of our guide to workplace style, we’ve put together some of our go-to recommendations for a practical, comfortable, yet stylish workplace wardrobe. So let’s jump right in!
Invest in the essentials
When it comes to workplace clothing, it is best to pick quality over quantity. Invest in some good quality staples that you can mix and match through the week, of course, while looking incredibly stylish!
A white semi-formal shirt
A crisp, semi-formal white shirt is an absolute must-have in any woman’s formal wardrobe. A white shirt is a versatile piece of clothing that you can pair with any of your bottoms.
For instance, on a weekday, you can wear your white shirt with a pair of comfortable high waist trousers. Come Friday, simply swap the trousers with a pair of loose mom jeans, and you are good to go!
A pair of high-waist pants
A pair of comfy, high-waist pants are, again, a necessary wardrobe staple. Try to opt for wide-legged trousers or palazzos over skinny fit for extra comfort. If you go for high-waisted ones, then even better, ‘cause they look smart and formal, while also being comfy.
Accordion midi skirts
We can all agree on the fact that pencil skirts can tend to be uncomfortable for a long day at work. But should that keep us from wearing skirts at the workplace altogether? Of course not! If you want to wear skirts that guarantee all-day comfort, then accordion midi skirts are the way to go. They’re formal, chic-looking and look fabulous with most workwear blouses. On Fridays, you can totally pair them with a t-shirt too.
Kurtas and salwar suits
How can we forget about ethnic wear? Stock up your wardrobe with good-quality kurtas and salwar suits in muted colors. Go for fabrics that fit you well, look good, and are comfortable too. Having a few kurtas in your formal wardrobe will add color and elegance to your workplace style.
Nothing can be more elegant-looking and empowering than sarees. That is why you need a few comfy cotton sarees in your formal wardrobe. You can go for lightweight sarees that are plain or have beautiful prints. At Binks, we can pre-stitch your pleats or add an easy clip-on mechanism to them, so you can drape your sarees in a jiffy, and wear them more often. To explore our 1-minute sarees, check out our detailed blog post around it.
Don’t forget to make sure that your saree blouses are well-fitted and comfortable. You can get saree blouses stitched in a few neutral colors such as black, white, and beige and easily mix and match them with almost all your sarees.
Block heels or loafers
If you want to go for heels but don’t want to go through the pain of walking around all day, then you can consider going for block heels. You’ll also need a pair of good-quality flats in your formal wardrobe. For that, you can invest in a pair of loafers or espadrilles in black or tan. They are versatile and look good with trousers, kurtis, and even sarees.
You can also consider going for an oversized blazer for special events, meetings, or those chilly winter months. You can throw it in on top of your white shirt and high-waist trousers or even wear it with your saree to ace the next meeting.
Materials that will be low maintenance
Apart from the quality of the clothes that you invest in, you should also think about the materials you opt for. You don’t wanna be wasting time on ironing clothes every single day. You can go for wrinkle-free clothing options, especially for your shirts and kurtas.
Going for wrinkle-free fabrics such as rayon, Tencel, and polyester will help you save time on maintenance.
Get your formal clothes stitched with Binks
We hope you found our list of workplace clothing recommendations helpful. We know that women secretly value comfort and without compromising on style. That’s what inspired us to come up with these recommendations!