Chances are, you have to wear some sort of "uniform" to work. But does that mean you have to scramble to completely change from your slightly dull 9-to-5 work self to your utterly riveting and spontaneous weekend self? Of course not. (Anyone else like to get a little weird at brunch here? Anyone?)
While we're big believers in the "work hard, play hard" philosophy, we also find it important to cultivate a signature style at work that will allow you to stay true to your personality. You can spice it up with some charismatic color in your everyday life by investing in our top work-to-weekend wardrobe essentials – they're perfect for the office and you can experiment with these stylish separates in your own way on your days off, too.
Trust us, however you choose to wear 'em, you need these pieces in your life.
First, you'll need a crisp button-down.
Think of the button-down shirt as the LBD of blouses. If you don't already have one in your closet, adding it to your work wardrobe rotation is a guaranteed game-changer. Choose several in different colors for an easy way to establish that quintessential work uniform without actually wearing the same exact thing every day.
Try styling your button-down with a midi-length skirt (in pencil or fuller styles, depending on the look you're going for) to take the outfit from all-business to more casual. We love this pop of electric blue, as seen here on Victoria Beckham – so unexpected when paired with a silky blouse in a cool tan shade. You can alternately swap out a classic white button-down for its counterpart in sheer black, a la Chrissy Teigen, to take it from work to play at the end of the week.
Next, add a colorful blazer into the mix.
Punching up basic separates by playing with texture and color is our go-to way to infuse style with bright personality, wherever we may be headed. After all, it's all about that effortless switch from day to night that exudes inner fashionista appeal, all without looking as if you tried too hard – or at all.
"Oh, this old thing?" one might mention upon receiving countless compliments. Air of breezy socialite-esque nonchalance not included with the price tag. (What? We can't all be Poppy Delevingne.) Plus, you can dress up your 'fit with a statement necklace for easy style points.
Be sure to have metallic flats and/or loafers to channel a laid-back and edgy It-Girl vibe.
Of course, Kendall Jenner gets extra cool points for killing two trends with one stone (we swear that's how the saying goes, right...?) by wearing hers with denim on denim. And she's accessorized with a trendy bucket bag in timeless black leather? Well, duh. You might think it's paradoxical to sling the words "trendy" and "timeless" together, but we can't deny she's making it work. Not to mention that chic little bag will go with absolutely anything – making it 100% worth the splurge.
So top off your outfit with a cute holdall purse, duffle or standout bucket bag, depending on where you're headed. Then, consider yourself good to go.
TGIF, weekend warriors!