The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe: Work Essentials

Building on the original 12 “closet basics,” it doesn’t take much—just six more items—to create new outfits that are suitable for business casual work environments. I recommend adding (1) drapey blouse that tucks easily, (1) tweed or printed jacket for textural interest (really love this J. Crew new arrival), (1) three-season pencil skirt, (1) knee-length sheath dress, (1) dress pant, and (1) leather satchel.

For your work essentials, I would hew to the primary color scheme that you selected for your basics, adding perhaps one more neutral shade.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, a little black dress with a small twist can be incredibly versatile (just add some color or texture to help them shine). I love my Black Halo Jackie O dresses because they are wrinkle resistant and universally flattering.

A few more versatile little black dresses for your consideration:

Here are 12 more looks created using these six new pieces:

The next installment will likely involve pieces for casual looks. Stay tuned.

Related posts:

The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe: Basics

The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe: Casual Infusion

The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe: Fall Update

Spring Capsule Wardrobe

The Ultimate Travel Wardrobe

The Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe: Bleisure

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