Here's my pick of essential corporate staples.
I'd love to know what your corporate wardrobe staples are too
Pretty, floaty tops in neutral colours. These can be worked back with skirts, trousers or even jeans for casual wear.
Black pencil suits with detail - zips, buttons, belts. I love unexpected details in really feminine pieces.
A trench coat! I love belted coats that are roomy enough to layer over a whole outfit. I feel the cold quickly and I love having a nice coat to keep me warm.
Printed blouses... nice to layer under good basics.
Shift dresses. Nothing beats an easy dress to throw on in the morning when you're not sure what to wear! I love the sleeves on this one - can get away wearing it without a jacket.. with a skinny waist belt or some dainty beads
A roomy black bag. I carry my life in my bag - diary, notebook, files, a book to read on the tram.. my lunch. You name it, it has to fit in my bag.
Dainty jewellery. I'm not a fan of big, chunky statement pieces for the office. I don't want my necklace or chandelier earrings distracting from what I'm saying in a meeting.
Wrap dresses - serve a similar purpose to the shift dress. They work on their own.
Black pumps with a mid (8/9cm) heel. I think shoes often make an outfit. Get them "serviced" regularly.. the tips changed, a clean and polish. It's unimpressive to see a man or woman walk into a room, with dirty, scuffed shoes with holes on the sole and the tip hanging off the heel.
I love this look - I like the cropped sleeves which give the blouse more focus and the details on the jacket with the big buttons.
Another great outfit with the ruffle detail detail and great fitting skirt.
My biggest pleasure when taking people out for personal shopping is doing their corporate wardrobe and being update with a list of compliments they've received on their looks.
all images from NAP.