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Do you frequently throw on that same outfit because you struggle to find what to wear in the morning? Do you notice yourself hating your clothes? The issue is probably that one; you do not have the proper wardrobe essentials and two, you have not taken the time to figure out what your style is and purchase clothing according to that. What are the best closet essentials for work? What are the fundamentals of a closet that is chic but also professional? Below are 10 fundamentals of a chic yet professional wardrobe. Numero Uno is a fashionable well made boyfriend blazer. A boyfriend blazer is a more stylish version of the classic suiting blazers that usually cut right below the waist. A classic black boyfriend blazer is a long-drawn, more flattering, and incredibly versatile item that can you can easily dress up or down. What’s beautiful about boyfriend blazers is that they are typically lightweight and will keep you warm enough at your cold professional environment yet not too hot, compared to classic wool blazers. Additionally, boyfriend blazers worn on top of a basic outfit makes it seem as if you took your time and picked out your gear when you probably didn’t.
  1. 14th & UnionTie Sleeve Silky Blazer Nordstrom Rack
  2. LushNovak Crepe Blazer  $29.97 Nordstrom Rack
  3. Caslon Knit Boyfriend Blazer $59.00 Nordstrom 
Numero Dos is silk camisole or blouses, and this is where you should add a bit color to your professional wardrobe. You can readily camisole can easily be worn under your blazer, and you can wear a silk blouse on its own. Pick pops of colors such as red to add fun and variety to your wardrobe.
  1. V-neck Satin Camisole Top$17.99 H&M
  2. Slim Fit Sleeveless Portofino Shirt $27. 93 Express
  3. Slim Fit Sleeveless Portofino Shirt $27. 93 Express
Numero Tres is a white button down. The white button-down has evolved and have made a huge return. Many years ago many people only wore them with slacks or wool pencil skirt but they have become such versatile pieces. They also look amazing with denim.
  1. Women’s Long Sleeve Camden Button-Down Shirt – Universal Thread  $19.99 Target
  2.  Relaxed Classic Linen-Blend Shirt $24.00 Old Navy
  3. Original Long Sleeve Essential Shirt  $41.93 Express
Numero Cuatro is a pencil skirt. A black pencil skirt is one of the perfect pieces that can take you from workday to night out. A pull on pencil skirt is stylish and looks flattering on many body types.
  1. Kendall & Kylie Pencil Skirt- $19.90 Nordstrom Rack
  2. Fair Trade Organic Knit Pencil Skirt- $32.99 Fair Indigo
  3. Vince Camuto Pull-On Pencil Skirt – $69.00 Nordstrom
Numero Cinco is chic trousers. Black trousers are comparative to black pencil skirts. This silhouette can take you from professional daytime to casual afternoons. You can pair your black pants with a silk cami and black pumps for a date night.
  1. AE Paperbag Pants-$27.96 American Eagle
  2. Liz Claiborne Classic-Fit Secretly Slender Pull-On Pants $48.00 JCPenney
  3. Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Machine-Washable Bi-Stretch Pant $62.00 Banana Republic
Numero Sies is a low-to mid-size nude pump. I chose nude pumps instead of a classic black pump because nude pumps will immediately elevate an outfit from routine to chic. Pick a nude pump that closely matches your skin color.
  1. Women’s Naturalizer Michelle Pump $53.40 Zappos
  2. Sam Edelman Hazel $53.98 Zappos
  3. Naturalizer Natalie Leather Slip-On Pumps $98.95 Shoes.com
Numero Siete is low heel black flats. Black flats are as essential because you can easily swap out your heels for flat shoes and will still look classy and chic
  1. Anya leather ballet flats $39.50 J Crew Factory
  2. Cole Haan Tali Bow Ballet $88.74 Zappos
  3. Sam Elderman Felicia $100.00 Neiman Marcus
Numero Ocho is a Simple sheath and or simple wrap Dress. A dress, specifically black makes it easier to get dressed when you have no idea what to wear.
  1.  Top Shop Body-Con Midi Dress- $14.00 Nordstrom
  2. Soprano Strapless Body-Con Dress- $29.40 Nordstrom
  3. Wrap Dress- $34.00 Pact
Numero Nueve is a watch.  An outfit isn’t complete without the proper layers or accessories. One of the best accessories that complement your outfit and make you look chic and professional is a watch. 
  1. SCARLETTE MULTIFUNCTION TWO-TONE STAINLESS STEEL WATCH $87.00 Fossil
  2. Citizens Women’s Two-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch 18mm EJ5854-56A $99 Macys
  3. Bulova Women’s Diamond Collection Two-Tone Bracelet Watch, 32mm – 0.07 ctw $174.97Nordstrom Rack
Numero Diex is a Structured Tote Bag. A structured bag is classy but not too flashy. You can wear your structured bag to work or casually. Invest in a high-quality structured handbag because you only need one. Additionally, a well-made bag will last a long time
  1. Topshop Miyah Braided Handle Premium Leather Tote $79.80 Nordstrom
  2.  Turnlock Tote $147.50 Coach
  3. Mercer Large Leather Tote $156.24 Micheal Kors

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