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Dressing for Success: 10 Wear to Work Items to Add to Your Closet

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I don’t know about you,but I’m still trying to master this thing called the work-week shuffle with my wardrobe. I’ve been back in the corporate world for a year now and I have to admit… Your girl struggles some days. Here I am thinking, I’m a bit of seasoned girl boss and even I fall victim to office outfit fatigue every now and again! So what is a girl to do? To wear? To manage through it all? She updates her wear to work essentials.

And let me briefly discuss my relationship with mother nature.

Here in the south, Mother Nature cares nothing about what the weatherman said and will promptly change things up in a heartbeat. Seriously, the mornings can require a full coat and scarf and by lunch, you wish you had a decent pedicure, because you soooo badly want to throw on some sandals, to feel a slight breeze.

I haven’t even mentioned my trivial problem with not going to bed on time and occasionally running late. I know…

Now here is what I also know, it doesn’t have to be this way. So, instead of reaching in the back of your closet and settling for last week’s same-old looks, why not reach for that new? That updated version of a power suit. That bold hued top? Listen, we’ve gathered up 10 wear to work items you need to add to your closet that will have you dressed for success… and girl, a few are even under $100!

10 Must-Have Plus Size Wear-to-Work Essentials

The Updated Pencil Skirt

Dome Button Faux Leather Plus Size Pencil Skirt

Dome Button Faux Leather Pencil Skirt at

Pencil skirts have made their way into the spring season with a purpose. With and without coordinating jackets, presented in various textures, and lengths (hello midi), the pencil skirt is here for the spring to makes it’s own statement… trust us on this one!

Other Fancy Pencil Skirts

The Power Suit

Dressing for Success: 10 Wear to Work Items to Add to Your Closet

The Trophy Suit at (Jacket) (Pants)

It was like all of the brands who do plus size fashion realized (at the same time) that they have been missin the plus size professional woman… Perfectly timed with spring’s play on suiting, we have more options that the classic black suit. We are here for it all!

Other Fun Power Suiting Options


The Not So Classic Button Down Shirt

Dressing for Success: 10 Wear to Work Items to Add to Your Closet

Michel Studio Off-the-Shoulder Striped Shirt at

If your job allows for more of a creative expression, or you run your own business and set your own rules, then have a little fun with your classic button down. If cold shoulder is not your style, then why not play with texture, sheer options, and prints! Basically, you have more options than the white classic button down… Go have some fun!

Other fun button-down shirt options


The Classic Moto Jacket

Classic Plus size Faux Leather Moto jacket

Classic Moto at

Sometimes, work calls for something with a little more attitude and a leather moto jacket gives us a few ways to make it our own. Layered over a sheath dress, paired with wide leg trousers, or a midi pencil skirt, you have a brand new uniform. And we are no longer relegated to just black leather jacket options… if your style and work permits, add a pop of color with your jacket! Live life on the wild side… just a little bit!
Shop other Moto Jackets Here:


The Wide Leg Pant

Plus size Wide Leg Button Culottes

Wide Leg Button Culottes at

Whether cropped or to the floor, high waisted wide leg trousers are going to be a silhouette that will be everywhere. But for the spring, you will see defined waistlines, cropped and full-length options, in varying fabrications… even in denim! Find your polished trousers and have a little fun with this style that will seamlessly take you from work to play…

Shop other wide leg pant options here:

The Perfect Badass Tote

Luk Hardware Embellished Carryall at VinceCamutoLuk Hardware Embellished Carryall at

We all need a great tote or carryall… but who said it has to be boring? Add a few metallic details, one that can transform from shoulder bag to a capacious tote, and you are ready to take on the day…

Shop additional Tote Bags here:

The Statement Work Blouse

Conversational Print Plus size Blouse

Conversational Print Blouse at

The classic button-down gets a surprising twist! Get you one that is inspired by the fun, graphic motifs that dominated the runways. The fun thing about these statement making tops? They pair well with other items that work outside of work, too!


The Updated Little Black Work Dress

Elbow-Sleeve Sheath Dress With Mesh

Elbow-Sleeve Sheath Dress With Mesh at 

There are more than a few ways to update your classic black sheath… sheer panels, a new length, or sleeve updates will have your classic black dress breathing new life into your wardrobe!

Shop Little Black Work Dresses here:


The Classic Pump

Dressing for Success: 10 Wear to Work Items to Add to Your Closet

Nine West Astoria at

Yes, we all have a classic black pair of pumps (or we should… if not, these come in black too!) but what about a pair that add just a bit of interest, can be worn with a variety of options, and that are nice on our feet? A block heel pump is where you will find a few more options to add a little style to your wear to work essentials!

Shop Additional Wide Width (and a few non) Classic Pumps here:


I guess you can say goodbye to the same old office pieces and kick your workwear up a notch! Put these key items on your gotta-have-it agenda. No more boring skirts and trousers for you! Thanks to how plus size designers and retailers have been innovating and listening… we have options!

Which wear to work essential is your favorite?

I love the off-the-shoulder striped shirt, it’s the perfect modern twist on an old classic. Serving up a conservative cut with sexy details. How perfect would it be for those those desk-to-dinner dates?

But wait! My office is a bit more conservative….

Now, while you may not be comfortable with a few of these picks or they may not work in your work environment… what you do have is a reference point of where to look! If you take a look at the websites of where we picked our faves from, you will see that there are quite a few more picks that you could add to your wardrobe and hope is not lost!

And since we are on the subject of being Boss Babes, have you checked out our new series for female entrepreneurs? We will have more articles talking about the business of blogging, running a business, what to wear where, all while shining a light on those who are killing it in their own fields!

Tell us what you think and don’t forget to tag us in your boss looks for the week at #tcfstyle.

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Written by Pepper Martin

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