Many offices operate on the rather elusive dress code of 'smart casual'—cue a tailspin starring yours truly! Instead of banging your head against the wardrobe door, questioning if your blouse is too buttoned-up and cursing your pencil skirt for making you look like Miss Moneypenny, fret not. We've found the answer in five staples thanks to some of the world's best-dressed women who rely on these key pieces to master laid-back luxe in every outfit.
Scroll down to find out what these secret weapon items are and shop our picks!
For the ultimate unsuspecting power-pairing, wear a monochrome stripe blouse with a pair of navy suit trousers (minus the jacket). The subtle colour contrast looks understatedly playful and oozes confidence.
The tuxedo jacket is at the top of every fashion aficionados shopping list because it's a versatile, all-hours cover-up. For an easy casual-cool outfit formula, try black jeans with a tuxedo blazer and suede boots.
Finding the perfect pair of jeans is the Holy Grail of fashion! It's well worth expanding your search to the high-end market because denim threads last and last. This season, the up-turned hem and fringed styles are on point, but if you're a classics girl, go for the timeless straight-leg cut. If you're in need of more inspiration, check out the statement jeans that are all over Instagram.
Top off your daylight ensemble with this subtly striking accessory that'll chill down a white shirt and smarten up jeans. Clever. Question is, will you knot it, wrap it or let it loose?!
It was once the fall-back, off-duty shoe for the fashion pack, but now it's the frontline footwear choice that editors, bloggers and street style stars plum for. The white Stan Smith-style trainer dials down a dress, it hits refresh on denim and even works with skirts of all dimensions. Sold!
Which staple will you be investing in? Let us know your shopping list in the comments below!