So you've been at work for about two or three weeks now... in last year's office essentials because January funds haven't really allowed for a visit to the mall yet.
Well with payday coming up on Friday, your work wear can look forward to a software update of its own.
The trapeze act of balancing your professional attire - especially if you work in traditional corporate spaces - can be a tiresome task that may have you gravitating towards a uniform of sorts.
And while that may sound like a bad thing, we actually highly recommend a Monday to Friday 'uniform' to keep you on top of your game.
Yes, the word "uniform" may seem like you'll be confined to boring greys and Margaret Thatcher below-the-knee skirts, but what's implied by that term is simply that you should try allocate certain key items that will establish your office style DNA.
Once you apply this approach, you may soon be referred to as "Lerato from finance, who wears all those chic floral dresses".
For example, my work uniform entails several neutral-toned tees - black, white or navy - that I pair with trendier skirts/pants and shoes. It's that simple.
So here are five items to consider making your office staples no matter your profession:
Accountants, financial advisers and anyone else who handles big bucks usually have an affinity for blazers and suits. In 2019, you may want to be a little more daring with your go-to office blazers.
Try brighter colours, new textures and less fitted styles.
Pinstripe bell sleeve blazer, R499 from Superbalist
Tuesday: Short-sleeved neutral tee
With Monday meetings out the way, your Tuesday office look can be a bit more relaxed. A neutral short-sleeved tee with a statement skirt and heels is just what you need to say, "professional, but make it fashion".
Oh, and never underestimate the power of the black poloneck in the cooler seasons - there's a reason Steve Jobs swore by it.
This must-have statement midi skirt to pair with your tee. R399 on sale at Zara
Wednesday: feminine blouses and dresses
There's something about Wednesdays that just inspires a feminine outfit. It might be the #WCW hashtag or the Mean Girls commandment which dictates that "on Wednesdays, we wear pink".
It would therefore be a good idea to save your dresses for Wednesdays.
Print Tie Neck Midi Dress. R799 at Studio W, Woolworths
Leopard print blouse, R699 at Jo Borkett
Thursday: Palazzo pants
As you start to feel the week's fatigue kicking in, you might want to adopt minimalism. Palazzo pants, wide leg trousers or even joggers (depending where you work) are ideal for this, as they are the professional, trendy equivalent of yoga pants - comfortable and versatile.
Again, a neutral tee (or a top in the same colour as the pants) will complete this look quite well.
Black bootleg pants. R299 from Superbalist
Checked culottes. R299 on sale at Zara
While young professionals in creative industries enjoy the privilege of wearing jeans any day they so desire, people whose work requires them to power dress daily, look forward to their causal Fridays every week.
It's like civvies day for adults, except you don't have to pay R5 to wear your own clothes.
Levi's® Ribcage pleated crop, ON THE FENCE, R1299
Levi’s® Rib Cage jeans will be available from Levi’s® stores from February 2019.
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