12 Fab Essentials for Your Office Wardrobe ...

Just the other day, a friend was complaining to me about how she hates getting dressed for work because it's just so boring! It got me thinking, does work wear really have to be uninspiring? I vote no! All you need are is a little creativity, the right attitude and a few fabulous pieces to look fashionably formal at work. And here are my picks for essentials that will take your work wardrobe from drab to fab.

1. Diane Von Furstenberg Silk-chiffon Blouse

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Price:$245 at net-a-porter.com
A white shirt is to your office wardrobe what Jennifer Aniston is to romantic comedies. But if you are bored of the standard white shirt, how about this gorgeous silk-chiffon blouse as an alternative? The pretty ruffled trim and lace inserts give it a flirty, feminine touch and the best part is, this would flatter practically any body type!

2. Topshop Boyfriend Blazer

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Price: $125 at us.topshop.com
I love boyfriend blazers because of the ease with which you can transform it from casual wear to work wear. This oversized Topshop blazer is sophisticated, comfy, downright sexy and you can literally pair it with anything! Four qualities that make this blazer a must-have!

3. McQ Cotton Sailor Pants

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Price: $79.50 at theoutnet.com
Channel your inner Annie Hall with these gorgeous beige sailor pants. Unfortunately, these are not forgiving of every body type. Trust me, I know. But if you have fabulous, long legs that never end, these pants were created for you! Don't forget to pair these with your oversized men's watch.

4. Tahari by Arthur S. Levine Linen Dress

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Price: $75.90 at shop.nordstrom.com
For days when you have to look drop-dead gorgeous but have no time to mix and match or simply lack the inspiration, pull out this stunning dress and you're set to dazzle that potential new client. I love the neutral colors, the perfect fit and the delicate beading around the centre. What a way to accentuate your waist!

5. Express 2-in-1 Belted Dress

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Price: $79.90 at express.com
You can't go wrong with a white shirt when it comes to office wear. Ditto with a black pencil skirt. So how about adding an oomph to the classic white and black combination with this chic, slimming belted dress? Flattering and how!

6. Karen Millen Lingerie Blouse

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Price: $99 at karenmillen.com
Another take on the classic white shirt is this sophisticated blouse from Karen Millen. It is elegant, feminine and so versatile! Really, the possibilities are endless...

7. Marc Jacobs Daisy Silk-Blend Blouse

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Price: $795 at net-a-porter.com
Who says you have to stick to solids and neutrals just because it's work wear? I think every woman should have at least one fabulous printed blouse like this one. It's perfect for days when you feel girly or for days when you have to go straight to party mode from work mode.

8. ModCloth Takin' Care of Business Pants

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Price: $19 at modcloth.com
I love these pants! The pleating, those buttons and those flattering tapered ends. Two words come to mind when I see these: retro and fabulous! Wouldn't these be perfect for Casual Fridays?

9. Classiques Entier Boiled Wool Jacket

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Price: $135.90 at shop.nordstrom.com
Looking for a way to incorporate a little color into your work outfit without really being blinding? Well, how about this fabulous double breasted mustard jacket to achieve just that! It's a divine color and the buttoned back cinches in the waist giving you great definition and fit making this a must-have.

10. Donna Karan Leather Patch Jodhpurs

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Price: $695 at net-a-porter.com
I know, these jodhpurs aren't everyone's cup of tea but if you could carry it off, I think they'd guarantee an envious look or two from the other women at work. They look divinely comfortable and they'd look gread with a fitted blouse, some fabulous heels and maybe #2!

11. Stella McCartney Canvas Skirt

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Price: $258.72 at matchesfashion.com
Does office wear always have to translate to pencil skirts? I think not! And I know this skirt isn't exactly formal but depending on your work place and how you style it, I think this preppy skirt would look adorable!

12. Halston Silk-crepe Shirt Dress

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Price:$803.25 at theoutnet.com
What happens when you have to go right from work to a party and have zero time to dress up? You wear this dress to work of course! Considering, it is a shirt dress makes it perfect for work and at the same time, it is fun enough to wear at a party with a change in accessories and shoes. And look how gorgeous the delicious deep indigo color is!

And these are my picks for fab essentials for your work wardrobe. Which of these would you wear? Which of these would you dare not wear? And what would you include in your list of office wardrobe must-haves?

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