A Fashion Editor Came Up With the Perfect Office Uniform (So You Don't Have To)

Updated 05/05/19
Work Uniforms
Original Graphics by Viviana Duron

Work uniforms are more than just a way to ease into your day and look good doing it. As many like President Barack Obama and late Apple CEO Steve Jobs famously pointed out, having a work uniform allows you to pare down on choices in the morning, leaving more time for making impactful decisions throughout the day. “You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” Obama told in 2012. "I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing.

Because I have too many other decisions to make."

If Obama and Jobs swore by a work uniform for , why shouldn’t we? Each industry has its own unspoken dress code, so we turned to someone who would be able to shed light on the best work uniforms for each field of work: Who What Wear’s Editorial Director Bobby Schuessler. Having written about work outfits and fashion trends for years, he quickly picked a uniform for all types of industries. Whether you work in fashion, STEM, or finance, we have the perfect work uniform for you. Don’t spend another morning wondering what to wear—this is your road map to avoiding decision fatigue.

If you work in fashion or design

Work Uniforms — Fashion
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“You want to have fun with your outfit but also come across polished and chic,” explains Schuessler. “Go for unique styling tricks, like a dress over pants, paired with on-trend items like a duster jacket, one statement earring, V-neck mules, and a cool crossbody bag worn high across your body.”

Lorenzo Duster
Farrow Lorenzo Duster $112
Zara Long Printed Shirt $40
Originals Relaxed Crop Frayed Slim Boyfriend Jeans
Re/Done Originals Relaxed Crop Frayed Slim Boyfriend Jeans $240
Monica Croc-Embossed Leather Mules
Attico Monica Croc-Embossed Leather Mules $535

If you work in law or finance

Work Uniforms — Law
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“For a conservative (yet stylish) look, try a sleek blazer with a reworked shirt (try having the sleeve of your blouse poke out for a fashion-forward feel) paired with high-waisted trousers and classic pumps,” says Schuessler. A few classic, high-end pieces will help elevate any outfit, even if your blouse is secretly from Zara.

Single-breasted draped-appliqué cotton jacket
Delpozo Single-Breasted Draped-Appliqué Cotton Jacket $1600
Luxe Striped Shirting with Tie Detail
Tibi Luxe Striped Shirting With Tie Detail $395
Horsebit-detailed Wool And Silk-blend Crepe Wide-leg Pants
Gucci Horsebit-Detailed Wool and Silk-Blend Crepe Wide-Leg Pants $1350
Suede Pumps
Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps $675

If you work in media or journalism

Work Uniforms — Media
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“Chances are that you’ll be running around interviewing subjects in a journalism gig, so it’s best to go for a forward-feeling (yet comfortable) ensemble of a vest layered over a printed blouse, with a midi skirt and block heels,” says Schuessler. This look is not only stylish, but it’ll keep you comfortable all day long.

Knight Twill Tuxedo Vest
Rachel Zoe Knight Twill Tuxedo Vest $395
Annie Pussy-bow Printed Silk-chiffon Blouse
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi Annie Pussy-Bow Printed Silk-Chiffon Blouse $850
Zara Mid Heel Faux Patent Court Shoes $30

If you work in STEM

Work Uniforms — STEM
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“If you’re looking for an outfit that’s in between conservative and more casual, try a tailored jacket with a pretty blouse mixed with straight-leg trousers and on-trend slip-on mules for comfort,” says Schuessler. This look is ideal for fields like science and engineering.

Double-breasted blazer
Mango Double-Breasted Blazer $80
Zara Floral Print Blouse $36
Esther high-rise straight-leg crepe trousers
Khaite Esther High-Rise Straight-Leg Crepe Trousers $680
Loeffler Randall Lulu Mule
Loeffler Randall Lulu Mule $350 $325

If you work at a startup or in tech

Work Uniforms — Tech
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“Most startup environments are casual, but that doesn’t mean you want to show up not looking put together,” says Schuessler. “I’d suggest going for a sleek leather jacket with a classic tee, and opt for tailored jeans for a dressier feel instead of a loose, boyfriend style—a pair of clean white sneakers completes the look.”

Zara Leather Biker Jacket $169
Women's Cotton Crew T-Shirt by Everlane in White, Size S
Everlane Cotton Crew T-Shirt $16
Le High Cropped Skinny Jeans
Frame Le High Cropped Skinny Jeans $235
Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers $410

And now, nine  (that won’t cramp your style).

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