Corporate Chic: 15 of the Best Stores to Shop Affordable, Stylish Workwear

View Gallery 15 Photos
3237
3225
1098
3230
3227
3235
3231
3250
3228
3226
3232
3233
3236
3223
3238
Workwear

Numerous studies have revealed the sobering amount of time we spent at work. One estimated that over a lifetime we spend a total of 12 years at work, while another reported that 50% of your total waking hours during any given working day are spent in the office. With so much of our lives dedicated to our professions it seems sensible then that we invest wisely in workwear.

Those who work in a creative work environment are usually able to wear whatever they want (that’s us! though, yoga leggings are banned – sigh), and as such their weekend and weekday wardrobes blend into one.

However due to the formal dress codes insisted upon in many corporate offices, there plenty of professional women who have a strict wardrobe divide, one for work and one for play – and having to maintain this divide is a pricey obligation.

Workwear

Chatting to our friends who are less flexible in what they can wear to work we distilled down their favourite high street haunts for affordable, stylish workwear – from sleek shift dresses to sharp yet comfortable tailoring and that goes-with-everything shirt.

Notably, many of these working women were happy to report that a growing number of corporate offices are shifting from ‘business formal’ to ‘business casual’, and a break from the trend of having to wear heels all day long – a tradition that faced backlash when this trailblazing woman started a petition after she was sent home from work without pay for not wearing heels.

For a modern take on power dressing scroll through our gallery above of the 15 work-friendly labels, available online and on the high street, generally below the double-digit price range. Suits you, sister…