26 years have passed since stuffy suiting and “commuter sneakers” were immortalized via Melanie Griffith’s stellar performance in Working Girl. And as much as we enjoy a blast from the past, the days of ear-grazing shoulder pads, matronly pumps and clunky briefcases are long gone. Here, a fresh crop of office-appropriate staples taking their place.
Leave it to Stella McCartney to tailor the perfect one-button suit in a textured navy fabrication, featuring tuxedo-esque lapels. Best part: each piece can stand on its own, so feel free to wear the blazer with jeans and the slacks with a curve-hugging turtleneck.
An otherwise prim silhouette gets a high-fashion infusion by way of subtle peplum and slightly sheer trim.
- Jacquard Peplum Dress, Jonathan Simkhai $545
We’ll be first to admit that a classic white blouse is a wardrobe must. Although, this color block iteration is just as wearable yet infinitely edgier.
- Contrast Placket Blouse, Chloe $796
Slightly sexier than its ultra prim sibling, this knee-length printed number boasts an exaggerated high waist -- ideal for pairing with a top in a contrasting print.
- Agnese Tribal-Print Pencil Skirt, Stella Jean $402
These mid-height heels work equally hard navigating the boardroom when worn with the aforementioned power suit as they do with a pair of skinnies during after-work drinks.
- Suede & Patent Pumps, Prada $750
This fun chain-and-pearl choker is proof the classic single-strand necklace has come a long way from its time cooped up in your grandma’s jewelry box.
- Swarovski Pearl Choker Necklace, Fallon $425
The humdrum briefcase gets a totally modern revamp with minimal hardware, a masculine silhouette and on-trend color blocking.
- Colorblock Top-Handle Bag, Marni $890
A sleek timepiece never goes out of style. This one begs to be layered with statement bracelets and won’t cost nearly as much as its big-name counterparts.
- Chain Metal Gold Watch, Larsson & Jennings $351
Introduce a dose of high fashion to the everyday with this badass Givenchy iPad sleeve.
- Rottweiler iPad Case , Givenchy $335
Still believe diamond studs are the ultimate work-wear status symbols? Think again. This pair of pyramid earrings is infinitely cooler, yet equally suitable for the office.
- Diamond Pyramid Stud Earrings, Ileana Makri $2430
Clinique’s Black Honey is quite possibly the most universally flattering color of all time -- the semi-sheer berry shade is essential for mid-day primping.
- Almost Lipstick In Black Honey, Clinique $16
A single spritz of this citrus-spiked mist has the ability to revitalize your complexion for an instantly refreshed look. It also works wonders for working through the 3 o’clock hump and setting makeup.
- Beauty Elixir , CAUDALIE $49
Mask blemishes, under-eye circles and all number of imperfections with just a few swipes of this luxurious concealer/highlighter.
- Highlighter Face Pen, Chanel $40
A hydrating gel formula allows you to define cheekbones and add a healthy glow any time of day, no blush brush needed.
- Cellularose Blush Glace, BY TERRY $58
This all-in-one tube dispenses a lightweight mineral powder that offers potent sun protection in addition to correcting discoloration and eliminating shine.
- SPF 25 Mineral Powder, Arcona $45