What should I buy for work?, she asks

A friend asked me to help her out. She doesn't enjoy shopping but wanted some new work pieces to help round out her wardrobe, so would I help?  Of course.  She already had all the essentials so now it was time to perhaps have a little more fun with her 9-5 wardrobe.  Here is what we found.

This midi skirt from Zara in a jewel toned green. The possibilities are seriously endless and midi skirts are everywhere.

Pair this with a simple button down, like this one from Uniqlo, which is my favorite out there at this price point or add a little personality with checks via this shirt from Zara.

This skirt would also look great with a fitted turtleneck (aka roll neck) like this merino one from the Gap or a longer sweater in a similar color family like this one from Madewell

Either of these looks would be perfectly finished off with a pair of patent classic pumps. How about these from Sarah Jessica Parker's line? (Be still my heart.....)

 

 Zara £35.99 

Zara £35.99 

 Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Work with me for one second because this image does NO justice to how cute this skirt was in person, which is just one reason as to why I am not a huge online shopper. This little number from Anthropologie, sadly no longer available, but I think this is a good alternative, and was exactly what my friends' closet needed.

She hesitated at first, and I will admit I was a little concerned about the length as her job is very corporate. But she tried it on and I could honestly not stop grinning, it was stunning on her. 

The neon stripe was exactly the right pop of color, and this is again easily paired with a button down or a simple black sweater with tights a black blazer and pumps (see recommendations above)and would work for any  corporate environment. 

This is also the perfect piece to work into your weekend wardrobe or date night. An absolute gem.

Wear me forever and with anything is what this 100% cashmere crew neck sweater from Uniqlo screams.

Do you seriously need to see what this sweater can go with? I mean it really is the wear with ANYTHING number in a color that is never going to be out of style. As we transition into fall I would wear this with a thicker cream/white skirt, go on, you chose the cut. The cream/white and beige color palate looks great on almost anyone but especially if your skin is a darker tone. Play this very classic look up with some fun shoes like these or these from J. Crew and a great fall coat, perhaps even a leather jacket, this one from Banana Republic would do, or a puffer vest, this one from J. Crew, for those drinks with friends post the end of a long work day.

 Uniqlo £59.90

Uniqlo £59.90

A little color, unexpected shapes and of course wear forever pieces are always great closet additions.

Three pieces, wearable to work, on the weekend, and for fun nights out aren't much, but if you already have the staples you really don't need to buy much each season, or break the bank, you just need a few one offs depending on the trends you like and want to work in.  Et voila!