Back to Work Style & Wardrobe Essentials

As another year begins after a well-deserved Christmas break, early January is the time most of us gradually start to return to work. The time has come where we need to swap our relaxed linens, loungewear, and summer dresses for more tailored and professional clothing pieces, to suit our working environment.

But after two years of ever-changing working conditions and many of us working from home, you may be in need of some ‘back-to-work’ outfit inspiration, to answer the burning “what to wear to work?” question.

This guide will make it easier to style office outfits from pieces already in your wardrobe or choose new items to purchase to create a workwear wardrobe for 2022.



Consider Your Work’s Dress Code

The first step is to know your work’s dress code. Does your workplace have a more formal dress code, requiring you to wear collared shirts, blazers, and pants or skirts? Or does your workplace have a more relaxed environment where you can wear prints, matching sets and sneakers?

It is important for any workwear wardrobe to focus on comfort, functionality and versatility. You will need a mix of professional pieces that can be worn in a variety of settings and can even stretch from your workwear wardrobe to your weekend wardrobe.

Choose a Versatile Top As A Base

A top paired with pants or a skirt is a good base to start with, as these separate pieces can easily carry into your off-duty outfits. When styling a weekend outfit, take your work top and pair it with jeans and flat boots, or your work skirt and pair it with a tucked in t-shirt, leather jacket and sneakers.

The simplistically elegant button-down shirt is a true workwear staple. Every woman should have either a short or long-sleeve button down shirt that is well-fitting and not too sheer. This type of shirt can be seamlessly paired with either tailored pants or a pencil skirt for a more professional look or can be tucked it into jeans and elevated with a blazer to suit a more casual workplace environment.


The Laura Long Sleeve Shirt in Terazzo White is a great pick from our range, as it gives your workwear wardrobe a pop of colour, whilst remaining chic and professional for the office and meetings. Spotted or colourful prints in particular are a great way to add visual interest to your professional outfits, when you want to opt for something other than the classic monochrome look.


Layer Up In Style

During Summer and Autumn, a fun way to incorporate colour into your wardrobe and spice up your workwear attire is to take a colourful spin on a classic item, such as a blazer. Our Australian Made Ivy Blazer in Green adds a subtle splash of colour, whilst keeping this piece tailored, sophisticated and work appropriate.

If you’re looking to add another splash of colour when layering up, a lightweight knit jumper is the perfect transitional piece from summer to autumn work attire. Knit crew jumpers or cardigans add sophistication to any look and ensure that when you are leaving the office in the afternoon you are well equipped for weather changes.


Select Your Work Pants

For a comfortable yet office appropriate jean, look no further than our Kendall Drill Wide Leg Pant. These stylish pants complete this look and go with a variety of tops, shirts and knits. They can be worn year-round and will take you from the desk to dinner. Alternatively, if your workplace has a more formal dress code, then choose pants that have a tailored fit.

Build A Go-To Dynamic Outfit

Do you tend to pick your outfits based on whether you have any client meetings on the day or work events later in the evening? If so, then having a dynamic work outfit will work towards your favour, helping you look sharp when you need to but feel comfortable throughout all your daily activities. To build a dynamic office outfit, we recommend having a more casual outfit as a base and bringing layers or accessories to add to your look during the day.

An example of this would be to start your day wearing smart separates such as a blouse and pants that are more on the casual side, and then when you have a client meeting you can put on the trusty blazer you brought with you to work rather than needing to wear that for the entire day to tie your look together. This can also be the case with accessories, in particular shoes. We suggest coming to work with a more relaxed pair of shoes such as sneakers and then changing into pumps for an important meeting or work event.

Finish Off With Accent Pieces

Once your ‘back to work’ wardrobe has its foundations and you’ve figured out what to wear to the office, start to add accessories like belts and jewellery. Balance your look with fun and eye-catching jewellery pieces if you are wearing a monochromatic outfit or choose dainty accessory pieces if your outfit has various colours or patterns.

With this guide you’ll build a workwear collection filled with essential pieces that are interchangeable and provide you with numerous outfit possibilities.

Browse our Workwear Edit and shop the latest office staples. For more outfit inspiration, check out Cable's Guide to Smart Casual.