20 Pieces to Refresh Your Work Wardrobe (at Every Price Point)

Updated 05/07/19

Spring won't start until March 2019 and already you find yourself tiring of the cold-weather work clothes you bought back in September. The truth is that it's not always easy to keep our office outfits inspiring, especially when all we want to do is reach for that same cozy black sweater. So how do you breathe new life into your winter work wardrobe?

For starters, focus on interesting details such as a puffy shoulder or oversize buttons. Try a sleek new silhouette like a wide-leg pantsuit. Opt for a pop of bold color (or next season's trending pastels) to pair with your neutrals. To help make your winter wardrobe refresh as effortless as possible, we've rounded up 20 fresh, modern pieces at every price point—they're sure to help you ward off cold-weather fashion fatigue and take you effortlessly into spring. 

Here's our winter work wardrobe on a budget.

TOPS

When it comes to tops, you'll want the classics like a white shirt, cotton T-shirt, and blouse but we also think a few of these need a fresh twist. Look for variations in cut, fit, and fabric to modernize a traditional approach to workwear.

Pleated Cotton-poplin Top
Isa Arfen Pleated Cotton-Poplin Top $460 $346
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Here's exactly the update your classic white shirt needed. The trendy puff sleeves and varying button sizes have us enamored. 

Available in sizes UK6 to UK12.

Long Sleeve Ruffle Top
Amanda Uprichard Schmidt Top $165
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Trade your classic white T-shirt for one that has detailed sleeves. This will go with everything from pants to skirts and will even look great with shorts on the weekend.

Available in sizes XS to L.

PETITE Hammered Satin Knot Top
Theory Satin Blouse $285 $199
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Choose a work shirt out of a different material other than cotton. This chic navy version is designed with satin for a pretty sheen for the office that feels unexpected. Pair this with a sequin skirt after hours.

Available in sizes 0P to 12P.

Long Sleeve Belted Top
Edit Balloon Sleeve Crop Top $190
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This top might seem a little extra with the balloon-shaped sleeves, but the black hue keeps it work appropriate. There's something really cool about unique shapes and sleeve details when worn with work slacks and a belt. It's contemporary cool in an effortless way.

Available in sizes 00 to 12.

BOTTOMS

Thankfully, there are so many varying styles of pants and skirts to wear to the office now. No longer are we limited to the straight black stretch tailored pant (although that will always be a staple), but it is nice to stretch out of that classic look for something that still feels workwear but with a unique take on it.

PushButton High Waisted Wide Leg Pants
PushButton High Waisted Wide Leg Pants $530
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While we will always love a skinny-leg pant, try this refreshing wide-leg style instead. We love gray for work too. We're calling it the new neutral because it basically goes with everything. It's also an incredibly comfortable style to be wearing if your job requires you to sit for extended periods.

Available in sizes 2 to 16.

Kobi Halperin Breanna Pants
Kobi Halperin Breanna Pants $228
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A slim-fitting tailored pant is a staple in any work wardrobe. Quite honestly, it's a pant style for all seasons. Invest once and wear it for all seasons. 

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

Tuli Belted Denim Midi Skirt
Nanushka Aries Belted Satin Midi Skirt $475 $332
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Taking you from work to weekend in utmost style, this skirt is one of our favorites. It's nice to mix up your fabrics for the office. If you're worried about wearing satin, choose a classic color like this subtle beige and pair it with an understated cotton shirt or blouse.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Lian Pleated Wool-blend Wide-leg Pants
The Row Lian Pleated Wool-Blend Wide-Leg Pants $1220 $724
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The chicest winter-white pants we ever laid our eyes on. Sometimes you just need to mix it up. Instead of wearing all black, what about wearing all white? Or you could layer in some beige and break it up.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

BLAZER

An office look is always complete when you throw on a blazer. It instantly transforms your outfit from so-so to whoa. It makes any look appear professional, immediately.

Oversize Blazer
Chelsea28 Double Button Blazer $99
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Wear with a black turtleneck in winter and a lighter shell top come spring. This oversize blazer is a staple in any workwear capsule wardrobe.

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

Checked Shoulder Pad Tailored Blazer
Veronica Beard Beacon Check Dickey Jacket $595
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Take on the check trend with a borrowed-from-the-boys blazer. This one will never go out of style and that's something you want to hear because a well-cut blazer is definitely an investment.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

DRESSES

With seven days in a week, sometimes you just need to break up the monotony of the top and pant (or skirt) routine. Once you find the perfect dress, it really is the easiest work attire and the quickest way to get ready each morning. 

Women's Topshop Boutique Mini Spot Wrap Dress
Halogen Wrap Dress $99 $59
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Just add knee-high black boots for the epitome of sophistication. We love the print on this one too. A long sleeve is always a great option for those of us who work in a cold air-conditioned office.

Available in sizes 2 to 12.

Poplin Displaced Wrap Dress
Max Mara Dalmine Cotton Wrap Dress $765
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The transitional dress of our dreams. Pair it with a blazer or jacket to bring a hint of corporate flair, then ditch it and add a pair of strappy sandals for after hours.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

Dakotah Frayed Woven Trench Coat
Wayf Mariah Maxi Dress $95
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This floral dress will bring a lot of sunshine and happiness into the office. We love the long sleeves and ruffles around the shoulders. This could also be worn on the weekends for cocktails with friends.

Available in sizes S to XL.

SHOES

Even if you sit down for most of the day, you'll still want to wear shoes to the office that are comfortable and classic. The heel height is completely up to you, but for an office, we'd suggest a kitten heel or a flat so you feel confident and comfortable. You can bring the high heels or platforms to wear after work.

Gibson Mules
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Olympia Wedges $443
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Polished, practical, and ultra-chic, mules are a great option for work. They work well with almost every dress, pant, or skirt style and the heel can be worn all day without any pain.

Available in sizes 36 to 39.

Ankle Boots
L.K. Bennett Lou Stretch Ankle Boots $555
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You can never go wrong with suede black boots especially with a point and a kitten heel. The low height is perfect for extended periods without too much fuss, and the suede is soft and comfortable too. These also look great with jeans.

Available in sizes 4.5 to 10.

Gucci Princetown Horsebit-Detailed Embroidered Leather Slippers
Gucci Princetown Horsebit-Detailed Embroidered Leather Slippers $820
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Flats are where it's at if you really want something comfortable. The important thing is to find a style that also elevates your corporate office look. These are expensive but nothing elevates any look, whether that's the weekend, evening, or workwear, then these classic Gucci slides. So many people have them in our office, and they've re-soled them multiple times, which proves their longevity and cost per wear.

ACCESSORIES

Gas Bijoux Bo Creole Milo Earrings
Gas Bijoux Bo Creole Milo Earrings $107
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There's nothing quite like a pair of gold hoops to elevate any look. Quite honestly, I wear them on the weekend with sweats or athleisure and no makeup, because something about the gold really lights up my face and makes me feel more "done." Trust me, it works.

Mini Johnny Bucket Bag
Danse Lente Mini Johnny Bucket Bag $380
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This contemporary carryall will store all your meeting notes while looking damn fine. We're really loving the buckle belt strap, which makes it feel elevated yet cool, without being too trendy.

Portia Leather Strap Watch
Michael Kors Large Lexington Chronograph Bracelet Watch $275
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Because a sleek watch can take a black dress from ordinary to extraordinary and when you're at the office, you need a watch to keep on time.

Aviator-style Gold-tone Optical Glasses
Gucci Aviator-Style Gold-Tone Optical Glasses $400
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Transform your office outfit with the addition of bold retro frames. These still feel classic with a modern twist.

Hortensia Leather Shoulder Bag
Wandler Hortensia Leather Shoulder Bag $850
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If you want a bag that is a little less trend-driven and more of a classic, then this luxe leather handbag has the power to make your office look instantly refined.

Up Next: 9 Affordable Places Women Actually Buy Work Clothes.

This post was originally published on January 22, 2018, and has since been updated.

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