I've slowly been accumulating the dressy work clothes needed for an office. It took me a while to find a collared blouse that I liked, but I found the most amazing one at The Loft. (They have really great sales fairly often, so signing up for their email list is a good way to get info about those.) This shirt is amazing. I have it in three colors. I've worn it in numerous blog posts such as here, here, and here.
And trouser pants. Those are a must. Again, The Loft has quite a few pairs. Really quite a bit of my things come from The Loft.
And a blazer is a must have, even if you don't wear it everyday, you should have at least one in your closet, preferable two or three. I've got two from The Loft that I love. Here's a similar one to one of mine that you can see me wearing below.
Finally, a nice pair of comfortable, sensible shoes. Flats will usually work, nice boots will sometimes work, and a pair of black or nude heels will always work. I've been raving about this pair of heels for years. They're amazing. I don't even want to know how many times I've worn them. Here's a picture of me in them for Halloween last year.
What are some of your work essentials?