Essential Pieces For Creating Chic Work Outfits

This post is sponsored by J.Crew Factory.

We’re fast approaching the official start of fall, a perfect time to breathe new life into our styles and wardrobes. Since we spend a significant portion of our days working, I thought it’d be fun to share some of the essentials I rely on to create chic work outfits. Because…aren’t we more productive when our outfits make us feel fabulous? There’s more. Since everything in this post is from J.Crew Factory, the quality is superb and the price point (especially during storewide sales like the one in full swing right now) is affordable.

9 Essential Pieces For Creating Chic Work Outfits
1. A sharp blazer

A classic blazer is a wardrobe workhorse. And, you simply can’t get more classic than the Schoolboy blazer. And, in the color camel? This blazer is like the secret sauce to great work style.

What I’m wearing:

Blazer | Button-up shirt | Pants | Pumps | Tote (similar) | Earrings

2. Black pants

A fabulous pair of black pants can take you from work to an evening out. And, this slim cropped Ruby pants in stretch twill is perfect. It has a slimming silhouette and a cropped straight leg. Once you find the right size, the pant will surely become a staple for you too. TIP: Size up. I had to size up to an 8 (I’m usually a 6 in similar styles) to get that relaxed fit I love.

3. A crisp white shirt

From meetings to vacation, looking chic can be as simple as throwing on a crisp white shirt. As you can imagine, then, I own quite a few variations on this classic. This button-front style in stretch cotton is one I keep on repeat (also see it worn here). It’s true to size.

4. Sensible and stylish pumps

A pair of high-heeled pumps can be quite the confidence boost, and we can all use a little more of that at work. Painful pumps have the opposite effect. I’m thrilled, then, that this pair of super chic, cap-toe pumps is as comfortable as they are stylish. How fresh are these colors (beige and black) together though!?!

5. Mini jewelry that makes a big statement

Finding the right accessories to complement without detracting from your work style can be tricky. These tiny pearl hoop earrings take all the guesswork out.

Pearl earrings, by the way, are the accessory you’re going to see everywhere this fall. Grab these quickly while you still can.

7. Sweater jackets/Cardigans

Have you heard? Knit toppers are must-haves for fall. This Vanessa sweater jacket, available in 4 colors, is a top choice for sure. It’s an ideal alternative to rocking a blazer. It’s versatile as well. I’m wearing mine with my Ruby pants, but it looks equally amazing with a pencil skirt and also jeans.

What I’m wearing:

Sweater jacket | Button-up shirt | Pants | Loafers | Tote (similar) | Earrings

8. Fabulous flats

Flats can be a cool addition to any work outfit, especially when they’re as chic as these Edie loafers. When you rock this style, you won’t even notice you’ve been on your feet all day. They’re that comfortable.

9. Tote bag

What’s the bag that’ll hold all your essentials from your laptop to your planner to your water bottle? The tote bag! And, it does so with such style. I love the Burnished Pecan color on this style. I’m also here for the top zipper for security (aka peace of mind).

Location: Downtown, St. Louis

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  1. Brittany
    September 11, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    Psyche, you’ve made JCF look so nice! I go in the factory store and nothing appeals to me but these looks are sharp. I’ll definitely need to reconsider 🙂

    • September 11, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      Thanks so much, Brittany!! It’s interesting you say that because I do best when I scout JCF items online first. The visual merchandising in-store doesn’t always make the fabulous items stand out.