my must have classics for work

my must have classics for work - REDRETICULEmust have classics

Like most things in life, I like to keep my work wardrobe very simple and occasion appropriate. Here are a few things that are on constant rotation during my 9 to 5 life.

white silk blouse

No matter the occasion, you can always rely on a good quality white silk blouse. It pairs great with slacks, skirt or even jeans if your company’s dress code allows jeans at the office.

cashmere cardigan

I like to keep a cashmere cardigan on the back of my chair at the office to keep my back warm. It serves its purpose when the AC is blasting cold air out in the summer or when I need that one more layer in the winter time. It’s not just cozy, but you can find great fashionable options when you want to swap out your blazer and opt for more comfort.

structured tote

A structured tote is perfectly practical and gives your outfit that professional polish. I pack my papers, lunch or whatever else I pick up during lunch without looking sloppy.

perfectly fitted pants

I love pencil skirts and dresses for work. However, often times a pair of pants and pointed toe flats seem much more appealing in the morning. I always have a hard time to find a good quality, well fitted pants, but boy are they worth the investment!


a statement blazer

Before you invest into a statement blazer, make sure you have at least two classic pieces like this jacket from J. Crew or this piece from Banana Republic. If you’re a little nervous about spending your money on a statement blazer that you’re not sure how much wear you’ll get out of, try this one from Forever 21 for less than $30.


everyday jewelry

When getting ready in the morning, I cannot be bothered by spending more than five seconds on picking out jewelry. I usually leave my statement pieces for off-duty and keep a small dish filled with a few of my favorite delicate gold and silver jewelry to add a little sparkle.


Not only is a watch an essential piece of your outfit but you can also discreetly sneak peak at the time during a long meeting without being rude. I like quality, minimalist watches over the cheap, trendy items. I have this silver watch from Fossil, I’ve been loving for years. I am so pleased with its quality that I own a gold version of it.  And this gold Daniel Wellington with leather band has also been a big favorite of mine.

What are your work wardrobe must haves?

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  • Tara | The Mix

    These are all great picks! Love that striped cardi!

  • for seven seasons

    Statement blazers are key! I love the first one on your list.

  • Darcy

    Definitely agree with this list! You have such great professional style!

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  • Maggie

    I agree with all of these!! Love this :)

  • Annessa Smith

    Such a great round up! I love how you always look so polished. Cardigans were always an absolute must for me as my office was always freezing!


    • Red Reticule

      Same here. I am always cold at the office no matter the time of the year. Thank you for stopping by! Bogi

  • Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

    All these are on my list for a work wardrobe – great list!

    Daily Style Finds

  • Ashley White

    Totally agree re: white silk blouses, they’re awesome for the office but work almost anywhere!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Kacie Ellis

    Those are such great closet staples! Even for people who don’t have a regular 9 to 5 job :)

    • Red Reticule

      I agree. These are great and versatile classics. Enjoy your Sunday! Bogi

  • Chow Down USA

    LOVE this post! I’m always looking for chic and professional office outfit ideas, and not enough bloggers do a post on them! Definitely bookmarking this for the future!

    Chow Down USA

    • Red Reticule

      So glad you found this helpful, Chelsea!