Key items for a polished work look

It's important to look pulled together at work and looking good gives you bags of confidence - so what are the key items to get this season for a polished work look - the building blocks that are wardrobe essentials? Whilst traditionally, corporate dressing is classic and understated the rules have changed over the past few years. It's deemed as a good thing to show individuality these days and colour is now more de-rigeur than the usual black, grey or navy. Also worth considering is that silhouettes change with fashion and getting the cut of your clothing right will keep your look current. I've chosen the most useful items you need in your work wardrobe this season that you will go to again and again, key pieces that will make getting dressed for work easy.

Key professional items to buy this season:

Silk blouse

A plain cream or white silk blouse. Classy, simple and stylish and versatile too! I like LK Bennet and All Saints for a younger version.

Cream silk blouse
Cream silk blouse

Silk blouse | LK Bennett 

Smart tailored trousers

Either slim cut or 'on-trend' wide legged like these really flattering Winser London crepe trousers. Herringbone check is on-trend this season.

Winter London trousers
Winter London trousers
Heritage herringbone tweed
Heritage herringbone tweed

Heritage herringbone tweed trousers | Hobbs

Blazers

Two blazers, one in a colour, one in a check.  These will bring individuality to your outfits and are current for this season.

check blazer
check blazer
Hobbs Florrie jacket
Hobbs Florrie jacket

Red knitted fitted jacket | Hobbs

Tailored work dress

We all need a bit of tailoring in our wardrobe to suit certain occasions. If you are client facing then it's professionally polite to dress the part and it shows you mean business too.

A tailored work dress is a no-brainer as all it requires is heels, coat and bag and you're done - this will work hard in any work wardrobe. I like this blush pink one from The Fold - pink is unexpected in the corporate workplace and maybe a bit bold but looks totally professional and helps you to stand out - in a good way.

The fold London
The fold London

Fitzrovia dress in blush pink | The Fold

Colour proof shoes

What I mean by this is shoes that match all your outfits and are a core wardrobe item. Grey will do this nicely.

Gianvito rossi
Gianvito rossi

Gianvito Rossi grey suede courts | Net-a-porter

Lisa Gillbe is a personal shopper and image consultant based in London, she helps her clients to build wearable wardrobes they love.