The key to building the perfect workwear wardrobe is to keep it minimal, classic and versatile.

First step, undertand your style and accordingly curate a formal closet that will eventually become your signature. Whether you’re a sharp-silhouette-loving adrogynous dresser or prefer to keep it feminine-chic in dresses — start by undertanding your basic aesthetic and assemble the rest from there. Comfort is key, especially if work a 9-5 — you ought to wear clothes that are functional and easy to breathe in.

Having said that, relaxed silhouettes don’t necessarily mean boring. While putting together outfits for work, play with elements like shapes, sizes and colours. Smart layering always instantly elevates your look. Invest in pieces that are classic, long-lasting and are far from cyclical trends. When it comes to colour, keep a neutral palette — but if you do want to add a pop of colour, wear it as an accessory. In terms of shapes and patterns — strike a balance. Do not wear an oversized shirt with a baggy pair of trousers or skinny jeans with an ultra fitted top. Divide the proportions according to your body type and stick to keeping it simple.

Shop for clothing items that can be clubbed with one another and can be styled in more than one way. Not only is it a financially viable tip, it will help you create ten looks at the price of five.

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