Workwear Chic: 5 Staples to Add to Your Wardrobe

FALL 2017
By Kristen Bateman for Modern Muse

One of the best things about the change in seasons is the fact that you get to shop for new clothes. But shopping for workwear is a little more difficult and, sometimes, not nearly as fun. So we've gathered five fall workwear essentials that you'll be just as excited to wear on the weekend as in the office.

Red Dress

Stay office-appropriate but still stylish with a dress rendered in a scarlet hue. The bright pop is an easy way to add a bold color to your wardrobe and can also easily transition for a day-to-night look. Search for well-made red dresses by contemporary brands such as Theory, pictured here and sold at Saks Fifth Ave.

White Blazer

A blazer might be an obvious choice for office attire, but by choosing one in white, you'll be sure to stand out. Choose a cool, slightly oversize option to pair with everything from your favorite day dress to elegant trousers and button-down tops. The unconventional tone is refreshing and a little bit edgy for fall. Find your new favorite icy-white blazer at J. Crew stores.

Light-Toned Statement Shoes

Slip-on mules are comfortable enough for long office days. But in a shade like dusty white or blush pink, they get a very modern makeover when teamed with traditional, dark fall colors. Choose a sturdy leather option, like the ones pictured above from Everlane. Or, to make even more of a statement, choose blush-toned kitten heels with an embellished crystal strap, found at ZARA or H&M.

Gold Jewelry

Simple gold jewelry makes a huge impact, especially when you throw different shapes and sizes into the mix. The trick is to choose dainty and delicate pieces — which easily lend themselves to a more is more approach. Style slender gold earrings, rings, slick gold bracelets and a barely-there gold necklace from Bulgari together for an elegant work look.

Classic Leather Bag with a Twist

Invest in a classic leather bag with a little something extra. Gold hardware, as seen on the Kate Spade bag above, adds another layer of accessories and plays off this season's maximalist approach to layering jewelry. A fun saddle bag shape also gives a classic black bag a new twist, and is just the right size and silhouette for carrying all your essentials, plus a few extras.