6 Classic Working Wardrobe Staples Every Woman Should Own

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If you had the chance to sit down and chat with the costume designer who creates the signature looks for a popular TV drama series, what would you ask? Being a longtime working mom, I decided to kick off the interview with a question about classic working wardrobe staples.

I’m continuing my role as Dryel blog ambassador this year and I recently had the opportunity to interview Dan Lawson, costume designer for The Good Wife. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down to speak with Dan over a video chat (despite a few technology hiccups) and talk about trends (both current and classic). In fact, I had such a great time talking with him I’m going to break down the interview into a few parts. He was truly a delight to speak with!

I started working in PR and corporate communications in 1992. Back in the 90s office style was all about the conservative suit and by the late 90s corporate dress code loosened up a bit but we were still wearing pant suits. These days you can get away with much more casual attire at the office (just no yoga pants please). I asked Dan to give me the run down on quality working wardrobe staples every woman should invest in. These are quality pieces that you should spend a little more on.

6 Classic Working Woman Staples Every Woman Should Own

  1. A great skirt that looks good and fits great (such as a pencil skirt in a seasonless fabric)
  2. A great pair of classic trousers in black
  3. A good (no collar) silk blouse in a neutral color
  4. A great classic heel in black, brown or gray
  5. A great bag
  6. A classic coat

Dan recommends checking out Aldo, Macy’s, Boutique 9 or Jessica Simpson for reasonably priced, but classic and quality, heels. He also gave a great tip for using Dryel – use Dryel to clean your nicer work items so that they don’t become “dry cleaner fatigued.” This was the first time I’d heard this term, but I totally get it! I dressed much more corporate years ago when I worked in the financial services industry in corporate communications and I wore my favorite pantsuit out!

I’ve put together a spring inspired look below based on Dan’s recommendations. Check it out and for the link to the products, click on over to my Polyvore page or click on the thumbnail images below.

Classic Career Staples Spring


The items I chose above are based on Daniel’s must have list. I love the blush color trench coat for spring from Mod Cloth. The Jessica Simpson wedges are decidedly my type of heel. I just don’t do spiky pumps well. The pencil skirt is actually navy and I love the blouse from Ann Taylor as it would look great with jeans for a night out with your girlfriends or paired with classic trousers or a fitted pencil skirt. I like big purses (and I cannot lie), so a classic tote is a great go to work bag for me as I can toss everything in it and go!

Which of these classics do you own?


I’m linking up to Fashion Friday, hosted by some fashionable bloggers like Jo-Lynne Shane.

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