These 11 Affordable Stores Are Perfect for Chic Work Clothes

Gone are the days when patent court shoes and uninspiring skirt suits were the only women’s workwear options. In 2022, with the abbreviation “WFH” in our common vernacular and a post-pandemic appreciation for lounging sets, the spectrum of office outfits is broader than ever.

As companies become more casual, the line between on- and off-duty fashion narrows. There are exceptions, of course, but offices are generally adopting more flexible approaches—and not just in relation to working hours and location. Sacrificing your personal style doesn’t have to be a pre-requisite of the dress code as long as your look errs on the professional side.

It’s worth choosing pieces you can see yourself styling when you’re off the clock, not least because office-appropriate attire can be expensive. Think loosely tailored blazers that pair perfectly with jeans or silk-feel midi dresses you can transition from conference room to cocktail bar with a quick shoe switch.

I don’t spend my day-to-day in a corporate environment, but sometimes, I wish I did—mostly so I could unleash my inner power dresser, who I know is just waiting to burst out in a three-piece suit (something that’s back with a fashionable bang). As comfortable as my cotton leggings and oversized tees are, I often reflect fondly on the rushed mornings spent slipping into something smart for a.m. catch-ups and coffee breaks with colleagues. If you need to look polished as you file reports and attend in-person meetings, I know just where you should shop. Scroll on for the 11 most affordable stores for work clothes.

When in doubt, consult Arket for sophisticated staples.

Whatever the season or occasion, these kick-flare trousers are immensely versatile.

The right pair of loafers will last you a lifetime.

This would also look great with heeled boots in autumn.

Just enough space for your on-the-go essentials.

Loose tailoring was made for modern offices.

We adore matching sets at Who What Wear, and this one gets bonus points for being sustainable.

Style separately to fall in love with these pieces all over again.

Black tailored trousers should be your first workwear buy.

Wear it for work and play.

Polished and professional, a shirt dress is a safe bet for office environments.

Take the edge off in that chilly meeting room.

Who says minidresses aren’t office-appropriate? The high colour, wide sleeves and cord texture make this one feel professional.

This Whistles blouse looks comfy enough to wear all day.

Make this skirt pop by pairing it with a royal-blue or deep-crimson shade.

The colour says it all.

A stylish new home for your laptop.

Those pleats for that price? Impossible to resist.

A basic for work, weekend and beyond.

Every woman should own a satin midi skirt. This Mango one drapes beautifully.

I’m forever adding to my gold-hoop collection, and these might just be next on the list. 

Denim doesn’t have to be casual.

Slightly nipped at the waist, this blazer is so flattering.

Timeless and versatile. Need I say more?

A contemporary spin on the argyle knit.

Cheer up your co-workers with this uplifting hue.

Tap into the low-waist trouser trend.

An easy all-in-one option.

Olive green is my favourite colour for the colder months.

The collar on this cardi gives it a smart edge.

If you’re a fan of ’70s fashion, this suit is for you.

You’ll be the talk of the office in these trousers.

Silk is a fail-safe fabric for workwear.

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