As the seasons are changing, we know there will soon be tearful goodbyes to the short-sleeved blouse and fun peep-toes to make way for the heavier jacket and enclosed pumps.
But we did find this post Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Businesswomen that gives a pretty comprehensive list of what ladies should have in their closets — which can also be taken into the next season fairly effortlessly.
Here’s the list from Peggy Parks of the Parks Image Group, Inc.:
1. A Pencil or A-Line Skirt in Black or Charcoal Gray. This is a sophisticated basic that can be paired with a sharp button-down and blazer, or a pretty silk blouse. Just add pumps and pantyhose and you’re ready to go!
2. A Sheath Dress. A simple, form-fitted sheath dress is a gorgeous option for work, and can be jazzed up with accessories if you’ve got an after-work rendezvous. I recommend having at least one sheath in a solid black or dark neutral to offer maximum versatility; you can pair it with a colorful bag or bangles if you like.
3. A Great Suit. No businesswoman worth her salt is without a fabulous suit. Navy, black, or charcoal gray are your best options, color-wise, and a lightweight wool will help see you through the various seasons. If money’s tight, select a suit that can easily be broken down and worn other ways—for instance, you can pair the suit pants with a nice blouse on its own, or throw the blazer over a sheath.
4. Black Trousers. Black trousers are basically the “jeans” of the working woman’s wardrobe. They go with everything, and when you’ve found the right fit, they look terrific. The key is to find something classic.
Check out the rest of the list here.