5 Pieces of Professional Clothing to Get You Through Until Autumn: Friday Finds

Professional clothing should stand the test of time. These pieces will do that.

Professional clothing isn’t always fun to buy. But if you invest in a few—say, 5—nice pieces that can be worn a few seasons out of the year, you’ll be able to accumulate a nice sized, work-appropriate wardrobe in a year or so. The 5 pieces we’ve listed below are perfect items to don from mid-summer into late autumn.

Professional clothing should be cute and comfortable, just like this sweater dress.

1. Sweater dress

Yes, summer is still in full swing, but most offices are quite chilly. So, you’ll feel comfortable and classy in this simple, slim, sweater dress. We’re a fan of this dress’ design because it’s easy to pull on and will look great with simple heels, or flats. Wear this piece alone for now, and once autumn blows in, pair it with some ankle boots, and a boxy, pull-on, black sweater. Priced at $355.

Every person who collects professional clothing should have a nice pair of pants.

2. Wide-legged pants

We’re quite pleased that the wide-legged pant trend is still going strong. Not only is this trend comfortable, but it’s also quite airy—an important feature for keeping summer sweat at bay. Pair these pants with a pair of modest clogs and a simple, white shirt—opt for short sleeves in the summer, and long sleeves in the fall. And keep the accessories simple no matter the season—the pants make a big enough statement on their own. Priced at $148.

Skirts are the simplest pieces of professional clothing.

3. Vegan skirt

Heaven bless the simple, button-down skirt. It’s a classic and looks great with sweaters, cardigans, collared shirts, or stylish t-shirts. Dress this office look up with a nice pair of statement earrings and wooden platforms, or down with a pair of oxfords and sensible, gold studs. Priced at $78.

All professional clothing needs to be paired with nice shoes.

4. Block heels

Block heels are amazing. Not only are they office appropriate, but you could get away with wearing this pair of heels from now until next March—talk about staying power! Wear this lovely pair of shoes with slim or loose-fit pants, or a pencil skirt, or a maxi, pleated skirt. Priced at $158.

The white shirt is the classic piece of professional clothing.

5. Classic white blouse

Yes, you’ll need to wear something underneath this shear shirt, but that won’t distract from this piece’s versatile look. And although the white shirt isn’t interesting, we like that this piece features delicate, tiny dots, tie accents, and looped buttonholes. Priced at $98.

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Abbie Stutzer

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