Sometimes, the question of what to wear to work can cause just as much anxiety as work itself. Solve your daily dilemma with a style-savvy “uniform.”

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Sometimes, the question of what to wear to work can cause just as much anxiety as work itself.

Solve your daily dilemma with a style-savvy “uniform” — a consistent way of dressing that saves time and reflects the kind of work you do. Dressing in a similar style each day doesn’t have to be dull — as long as the look is as fashionable as it is functional.

Here are some tips and picks for forming your own signature look in various industries, so that you can grab your morning coffee and go.


Just because you work in a creative industry, doesn’t mean you have to whip up something new and edgy every day. Stick with basic pieces like a simple button-down and add pop with your accessories. Try the Madewell White Cotton Courier Shirt ($65), a short-sleeve top in sturdy cotton twill, for the perfect canvas.

A pair of easy black jeans can go from day to night. Reimagine the Paige Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans ($158 at Nordstrom) by pairing them with low heels one day and a classic oxford shoe, such as the Dieppa Restrepo Sand Nubuck Cali ($276 at Totokaelo, Capitol Hill) the next.

A classic carryall, such as Seattle designer Ampersand as Apostrophe’s Half Leather-Out Tote Camel ($399 at fits your iPad and daily planner and will become your signature piece.

Instead of a blazer, opt for something more interesting but just as versatile, such as the mid-length Zara Long Waistcoat ($100) in off-white with a lapel collar. The chic topper looks as sophisticated over matching cropped trousers as it does with jeans.


The key here is not to overthink it; keep the look cool and casual. Maximize ease on the go with the slimming Banana Republic Drapey Pant (on sale for $50), with an elastic waist and cuffs, in black moss. Complete the look with a structured blouse. Try Seattle designer Wyatt Orr’s Concrete Short Sleeve Box Top ($158 at Glasswing, Capitol Hill) in light gray hemp.

Switch out your basic shift dress for a shirtdress. The Curator Robyn Dress ($151 at Velouria, Pioneer Square), in woven cotton, can be worn several different ways. Try it belted over jeans or worn by itself with a light cardigan and summery sandals.

A muted outfit is the perfect opportunity for statement jewelry. Add some color to your ensemble with the Ecru Jeanne Necklace ($40 at Moorea Seal, Belltown), a piece of wearable art made from polymer and wood beads.

This dry summer weather won’t last forever. For the majority of the year, opt for a universal trench coat like Gap’s Classic Trench ($128). Toss it over slim slacks or jeans and a trusty T-shirt.


Want to look cool and collected for your corporate job? Always keep a great black dress in your wardrobe — the more simple, the better. Try the Felicity & Coco Seamed Pencil Dress ($98 at Nordstrom), which will look chic in any situation.

Win over your audience with the cap-sleeved J.Crew Patch-Pocket Sheath Dress in Tipped Linen ($206) in flax, white, faded blue or navy. The contrast piping is statement-making and smart.

Mix and match your basic blouses with a printed skirt, such as the White House Black Market Stripe Knit Black and White Pencil Skirt ($78), with clever, slimming black side panels.

Create a professional impression with a basic black blazer. Go for the right mix of casual and formal with Banana Republic’s One-Button Long Blazer ($150), which looks just as good with dresses as it does with jeans and trousers.


Spend your weekend wisely with stylish yet comfortable wardrobe staples you’ll want to live in.

Pull off cool-girl style with Zara’s Ripped Denim Dungarees ($80), distressed overalls that look on-trend paired with colorful printed kicks and a crop top that shows just a peek of midriff.

A pointed-toe sneaker takes the sporty look to a more stylish level. Try the comfy Karu Bradford Slips-Ons ($44 at Moorea Seal) in vegan leather with a subtle black and white print.

And keep the rays off your face with a pair of classic shades, such as the ett:twa Inger Sunglasses ($118 at Anthropologie), which get extra pop from a dramatic tortoise print.