Why You Only Need 10 Work Outfits—Seriously
As anyone who works in an office knows, figuring out a different outfit for every day of the week is quite the challenge. And what working girl has time to rifle through their entire wardrobe day after day, searching for an appropriate work outfit that's both stylish and comfortable? Which is exactly why we went straight to one of our favorite brands for work basics (and everything else), AYR. AYR's minimalistic pieces are the actual definition of what we want to wear every single day. They're high-quality, versatile, and timeless yet fresh.
Armed with the mission to narrow an entire wardrobe of options down to just 10 work outfits that can be mixed and matched with abandon, we tapped AYR Creative Director Jac Cameron to fill us in on a few of the essentials every woman needs to create a work wardrobe comprising two weeks' worth of go-to outfits. All you need to do is stock your closet with the prescribed styles and keep the outfit formulas on hand! Keep scrolling to read Cameron's expert advice, and see and shop the 10 outfits.
The Robe Coat is one of AYR's best sellers for a good reason: "It's one of the most versatile pieces in the line, as you can style it back to multiple outfits," says Cameron. She describes it as "a perfect layer piece [that's] unconstructed with no closure and looks good over anything from a dress to a tailored pant." We couldn't agree more. (Bonus: It comes in three neutral hues, with the camel version being a Who What Wear editor favorite.)
Cameron recommends having silk tanks with high necklines on hand, like the AYR Echo Tank: "It's an essential layering piece that goes back to so many looks with simplicity—just elevated." She also condones a basic white button-down: "I think a clean white shirt is the most classic item in the wardrobe and something you'll never tire of," she notes. Round your work-shirt collection out with short-sleeve sweaters and striped button-downs.
One can never have too many pencil midi skirts. The longer length looks more directional than knee-length and pairs perfectly with every top and jacket in your closet. For polish, tuck your shirt into the skirt if it's on the longer side, or wear it loose if it's more cropped. We recommend having neutral and patterned and/or colorful versions on hand.
AYR made quite possibly the perfect dress for the working girl. Cameron says, "This sophisticated silk dress comes in a neutral palette of navy or silver and can be worn as a dress or jacket interchangeably. Perfect for dressier office environments with a pair of pumps a dress or over the shoulders as a jacket with the sleeves rolled up for fashion-forward office environments." We can see why it sold out completely the first time around. (Luckily, it's now back in stock.)
Cameron is a proponent of two pairs of work pants in particular—dark-wash skinny jeans (for casual Fridays and the like) and slim black pants. AYR's flattering The Arrow Pant "has a lot of stretch, and the recovery is phenomenal so it never bags out," according to Cameron. Fun fact: She divulges that the "fabric was originally created for equestrian wear because riders would get docked points when they came off the horse for baggy knees." She also recommends a skinny-jean style named after the creative director herself—Jac's Jean. "They give you a more elevated feel because of the nature of the shade and perfect fit," she notes.
Mules, loafers, and pumps are versatile enough to wear with every single one of your 10 work outfits, so stock up and mix and match to your heart's content!
Next up, shop some of our favorite work trousers.