Finding your perfect work wardrobe is a journey. Between balancing the weather, dress code, office temperature, and need for style- picking your work outfit every morning can become a daily dread.
However, we mustn’t forget that our priority is the need to feel comfortable all day so we can do our jobs the best we can. Also, the time between waking up and getting to work can make or break the day, so it’s best we try and minimise decision fatigue from choosing an outfit and use that time for more important errands like making a good breakfast or snoozing the alarm.
The secret to a successful work wardrobe is to invest in some key, versatile pieces that will have longevity in your wardrobe. Think of quality, comfortable fabrics in a seamless colour palette that works together and with your favourite shoes and bags.
We’ve put together the basics of a Workwear Capsule Wardrobe to help you feel excited about work. All these pieces are interchangeable and can be re-worn in different ways, giving your wardrobe an equal dose of sustainability and practicality.
Everyone needs a power suit, and this chalk hued pant suit gives you two key pieces you can wear together or separately. Styles perfectly with casual sandals or slides for an ultimate ‘Oh this? Didn’t even think about it.’ vibe. Dress up the pants with a button up shirt, or down with a tank or tee. Wear the Blazer over a dress or tank when temperatures are hot but formality is required.
A smart black polo will serve you well with smart tailored pants. Perfect for when you don’t feel like doing too many buttons up, what really makes this shirt stand out is the fabric. Mercerised cotton, also known as pearl cotton, has an incredible lustrous appearance and silky touch, giving the garment a double whammy win of formality and comfortability.
Every work edit needs a smart button up shirt- which coincidentally is something that we at Nique do best. We suggest investing in two; one white and one black, one a short sleeve and the other a long sleeve.
From our menswear, allow the Kano to be your wardrobe go to. Available in 4 classic colours, the shirt is embellished with all the classic details. Simple yet sophisticated, the Kano will maintain relevance over time, and is perfect for trans-seasonal styling.
Two good options from the womenswear are the Raven Linen Shirt and Box Silk Shirt- both crafted from beautiful natural fibres that are not only kind on the planet, but feel light and soft on the skin- a must for long work days.
Think of investing in a couple of high quality, well cut t-shirts to act as a base between all your outfits.
In our menswear range, stick to our bestselling Aalto and Tait tees- both soft, breathable and minimal. The Aalto is a bit longer with a curved hemline, and the Tait is a closer fit with a straight hemline.
A great option to use as a base from our womens range is our cult Kannon tee, that comes in both black and white. The tee is minimal and simple, but close fitting and cropped to sit right on your hips- so you can tuck it in with no fuss. Crafted from a beautifully soft mercerised cotton, the fabric has a certain sheen to it which lends an edge to formality, perfect for the office.
In summer, a dress is the easiest option for any morning- a one piece outfit that can be easily dressed up or down depending on the day’s agenda. The Black Escape dress is midi-length with rounded neckline and cap sleeves- ticking every box of the office dress code- but has a self tie belt so you can cinch your waist and feel more like yourself.
At Nique, we will never stop championing a smart pair of tailored pants. The versatile base of any work day, we make sure all waistbands are comfortable enough to sit at a desk all day if needed, and use natural fibres that help regulate your body temperature.
The Float Rayon Linen Pant is one our long-time Nique favourites, super high waisted which creates a beautiful hourglass figure on the wearer, and crafted from a lightweight rayon-linen blend. The pant is expertly tailored with deep front pleats, and the leg silhouette tapered to finish just above the ankle bone.
Alternatively, explore our new carrot-leg silhouette Ruma pant- with clean minimalist lines indicative of the Nique aesthetic. The pant's shape is a throwback to 80's sartorial trends, with unique exterior side pockets to add a modern edge.
A good work bag will make or break your outfit, commute, and day. We suggest investing in a clean lined, durable bag that is big enough to carry your laptop and everything you need- but doesn't make you feel like you're going on a weekend trip every time you start your commute. Enter, the Kuro Everyday Shopper- roomy, strong, minimal and ergonomic, this bag easily brings you from breakfast table to boardroom to bar.
Sometimes, workwear can make you feel untethered to your weekend self, and we often find ourselves sacrificing our femininity and personal flair to try and fit into our office’s dress code. Enter the Keiko - our midi-length hero skirt. Full of movement and volume, the skirt retains its graceful edge whilst keeping you comfortable and appropriate at the office. The skirt is perfect to inject into your weekdays, especially if you have after work plans with friends or lovers.