We are all guilty of wearing the same pieces to work over and over again, but maybe that's not such a bad thing. Sometimes those pieces are repeat wonders because they never tire out, always pep you up and don't look dated. We have asked a number of London’s most stylish editors to reveal the one piece that they rely on for work, whether that’s wear-with-everything trainers or a perfect white shirt.
While we’re talking workwear, if you are planning a complete wardrobe overhaul also consult our breakdown of the best celebrity working looks. Whether you work in a polished cooperate office or for a wear-what-you-like company, scroll down to see and shop five style-savvy women's most reliable work buddies…
"While my office look switches up from fairly polished to 'what the hell did I pack for the gym?' last night, the things I really rely on are the pieces which make brain-dead dressing look fairly pulled together. I love a blazer because it can transform a mundane jeans and sweater combo into something which is passably professional. My two favourites are from The Kooples and this pinstripe style from Polo Ralph Lauren. I wear mine with J Brand's Selena Cropped Jeans (£240) and a navy cashmere sweater. I love kitten heels and patent leather to finish the outfit. It's actually hilariously 'work-appropriate' and does make me feel like I'm in the film 9 to 5, but when you work in the denim and a chic pair or shoes, it's sufficiently modern to work for most smart casual environments." — Katherine Ormerod, editorial director at Lyst
"I can't stop wearing my black cowboy boots. Footwear can be tricky in-between seasons, but these somehow work with everything from jeans to skirts and dresses—giving all of my wardrobe a cool, new-season feel. They're also super-comfortable for when I'm running around London for meetings. I only ever wear heels for special occasions, but it's nice to have a slight lift every day." — Lily Russo, fashion editor at Grazia
"I always think a white blouse or top is a key workwear item—but certainly not a bog standard white shirt as that can be too clinical. Something with some kind of detail—be it a collar, or a bow or a lace panel—will still look smart but chic too. These are great with skirts, trouser suits, or layered under a tunic dress. Me & Em do a fantastic range of pussy-bow blouses and lace-paneled tops, which would fit the bill, and Goat can always be relied upon for a chic white blouse or top in a lovely crepe or silk." — Martha Ward, contributing editor at Harper's Bazaar
"My chief workwear hero is a relatively new addition to my wardrobe. I'm a shoes girl through and through, but when the need to start carrying my laptop and work paraphernalia become a requirement, I knew I had to invest in a roomy tote that I'd feel happy carrying round every day. So I splurged on a big—nay, huge—bag that can lug around my essentials, and Céline's outlet at Bicester Village saved me. The flap style I chose holds it shape, and when rendered in khaki, cream and black blocks of colour, it ingeniously tends to match most of my outfits. An investment piece I would recommend over and over (especially when I'm justifying the cost in my head)." — Hannah Almassi, editor director of Who What Wear UK
"I was always a Nike girl, and I really hated how black Adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainers (£70) felt at first! But they grew on me, and eventually I was wearing them every other day to dress down miniskirts, tailored trousers, joggers—they go with literally everything. Now I find them so comfortable that I never really feel like wearing anything else." — Zing Tsjeng, UK editor of Broadly
What is your office fall-back? Let us know in the comments box below—and shop for more workwear pieces from the high street.