While admittedly our daily outfits have looked a little different the past two years with on-again-off-again working from home arrangements, most of the time the majority of our wardrobe is dedicated to work clothes.
From a staple pair of classic trousers to a classic black blazer, there are the pieces that go synonymously with that of our workwear—and for good reason, they look polished, go with everything and can slip into our out-of-office looks effortlessly.
But, building up that good base of everyday work clothes that are high-quality and on-trend doesn’t have to be as daunting (or expensive) as it sounds.
There are plenty of places to go searching for those classic work staples that you’ll actually want to put on in the morning.
Below, exactly where to shop in Australia for the ultimate work wardrobe.
For The Office Workwear Basics
Finding versatile and flattering pieces to pair with your jeans, pants, and skirts can sometimes feel like a struggle. But thanks to New Zealand women’s workwear clothing label, French Freddie, the search for affordable, stylish workwear is officially over. Taking design cues from the French capital, the brand specialises in beautiful, high-quality shirts made from predominantly natural fibres, and bold pieces, so you can sharpen up your work wardrobe without breaking the bank. Rock your office style and shop here.
Jac + Jack
Every good work wardrobe needs the staples—from classic white t-shirts to long-sleeved button-up shirts—which is where Jac + Jack comes in. With a relaxed sensibility, each piece from this local label is versatile with elevated detailing made from the highest quality fabrics.
Launched in 2019 by THE ICONIC, AERE has become an unsung hero for luxe-looking basics that are sustainably crafted. From soft knits to their cult loose linen dresses, the brand has perfect work options that can double for weekend wear, see a full review here.
When searching for affordable workwear, you can’t go past Zara. From dresses perfect for the office (and outside the office) to button-down shirts and comfortable work heels, the mega-retailer will have you looking your best for that next IRL or virtual meeting.
Founded by Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan in 2006, bassike has stuck to its vision of creating luxurious and wearable everyday pieces that meld effortlessly into the modern woman’s wardrobe. Their now cult heritage scoop t-shirts are a must when searching for pieces that transcend seasons that you’ll be wearing to the office year-round.
From neutral knits to striped button-down shirts, any work wardrobe isn’t complete without some Uniqlo pieces. The best part, the designs are high-quality and won’t break the bank.
For Statement Pieces
Viktoria & Woods
Viktoria & Woods has become a wardrobe staple thanks to their elevated basics and relaxed tailoring, all of which are crafted from sustainable fabrics and manufacturing methods. It’s also the very reason the brand’s key pieces make for great additions to your workwear wardrobes.
To put it simply, St Agni takes classic work wardrobe pieces and elevates them in a way that’s sophisticated, stylish and on-trend.
Having a series of go-to and casual workwear pieces is great, but it’s always a good idea to add some statement pieces into the mix as well. Cos is renowned for its chic, wearable designs that will make your work wardrobe pop.
For elevated staples like statement-making smock dresses, look no further than Nice Martin. Founded on the premise of bringing authentic designs, quality, and comfort, all with a proactive approach to slower fashion the local label produces small runs of their collections, finished off with 100 per cent environmentally friendly packaging.