8 Must-have Pieces for the Office
The question Two Babes gets all the time is: “My style is more sporty. I love athleisure. Can I wear work-out get to work without looking as if I’ve given up, or as if I’m itching to get fired?” Simply put, “Why the hell not?” Athleisure has come a long way. It’s no longer a gym-only, weekend-only luxury. We all want to feel comfortable at work, right? So imagine if you could easily transition your weekend uniform to the workplace? Most stores now offer the most adorable range of athletic apparel that’s stylish, structured and refined, so plenty of pieces can easily flip into workday attire. So much so that you don’t even have to be sneaky about it. However, I was disappointed that many styles only went up to size Large and I really wish that stores would expand their ranges.
Here are the pieces you need you need right now. Build a closet of staples and get the best of all worlds: style, comfort and versatility, while most are designed to keep you cool in every sense of the word. The world might not be ready for leggings and a crop top in the boardroom, with a little styling, your favourite weekend wear can become office ready in a minute.
The branded tee
Nikki and I have spoken about the versatility of the basic tee ad nauseum. And a branded tee is no different. You can match it with jeans or skirts, casual lightweight coats or denim jackets. The possibilities are virtually endless. Here are our fave choices and a few ways to wear them. Slip them under coat or match them with tailored racer stripe pants and you’re good to go.
Wear to shop:
Tees from Superbalist starting from left: R449, R299, R299, R499, R329, R199. Shop them here.
The funnel neck hoodie
More refined that the average, casual hoodie, the funnel neck sweatshirt, top or hoodie couldn’t be more chic! Add the fact that they come in blush tones and trendy olive, and that they can be paired with joggers, jeans or pencil skirts, makes these comfy cuties a staple that’ll work hard for you. You can even pair it with heels, a coat and a structured bag – the rules no longer apply!
Leggings, joggers and trouser jeggings
If it’s next level comfort you’re after, replace those scratchy slacks with oh-so-comfortable leggings or joggers without sacrificing any of the details of everyday chic work pants. Look out for relaxed drawstrings, zip detail, pleather insets and popular prints, Some leggings even emulate the soughtafter and chic prints found in your work trousers. Pair with a long button down shirt, oversized knit, textured blazer and wrap-around scarf.
Where to shop:
Shop at Woolworths from left: from R399. Shop here.
The sweater dress
Whoever designed a longline hoodie is a genius! It’s sporty enough to wear with your favoruite sneakers yet plays well with knee- or ankle boots, without and without tights.
The tank top
Toss the tired and stiff office vibe with a effortless tank. Because they’re quite casual, always pair them with formal pants or skirts or opt for interest like pleather insets or mesh. When it comes to colour, keep it simple in grey, navy or burgundy and marry with high waisted pants with striking red stripes or fun-meets-formal platform brogues. For Casual Friday, partner with distressed jeans and your favourite sneakers.
The lightweight jacket
Athleisure jackets will complement practically any outfit. They’re cool enough when you’re not in the mood to reach for a hefty coat and warm enough to stand against the chill. Depending on the print, it’ll look polished no matter what you wear it with- from high waisted jeans to pleated skirts to mini dresses. And can certainly replace an otherwise boring or everyday blazer.
The detailed top
Probably the most office friendly athleisure option, these boxy and flowy tops are the the coup de grais of athleisure. Plus, they boast the details of your favourite track tops – mesh, stripes, asymmetrical hems, and zips – whether you’re on or off duty.
The detailed sweatshirt
If you’re in the creative field, you could easily get away with wearing a track top to work, but if your environment is more business than casual, you can get inventive by wearing it underneath a more office appropriate blazer, matched and tailored pants and block heeled boots , or try a ruffled or ruched option with more personality.
Where to shop
Shop hoodies at Superbalist. Shop here.