If you’re looking for a simple way to change your outlook this year, a quick update to your 2017 work wardrobe may be just the thing you need. You don’t have to spend a fortune or buy a ton of new pieces — adding one great pair of jeans or a new bra (that actually supports you!) could help you to hit the ground running.
So in honor of 2017 — which just has to be better than 2016 — we’re offering five easy ways to switch things up in your closet to get you ready for the Year You Kick Ass Like Never Before. Ready?
1Get on board with some of the year’s top fashion trends.
Whether it’s bomber jackets, ruffles, or lace-up everything, there’s room to incorporate some of the year’s biggest trends into your workwear wardrobe.
Try this satin bomber jacket from Urban Outfitters.
Get it here for $49.99.
This one, from Abercrombie & Fitch.
Get it here for $49.
Or this one, from Torrid.
Get it here for $64.90.
Rock this ruffle blouse from ModCloth with a sharp blazer.
Get it here for $23.99.
Try this lace-up top with a leather jacket, if your office is uber-hip.
Get it here for $34.
Or slip into this cozy number from Old Navy.
Get it here for $22.
2Upgrade your flats with some stylin’ ankle straps.
Let’s face it: No matter how many times the fashion world has declared the ballet flat dead, every woman who works in an office knows she’ll be sticking with her go-to shoe, magazine editors be damned. Comfort is key! And flats are cute! So we don’t blame you! This year, though, why not try out a 2017 shoe trend and pick up some flats with ankle straps?
We love this pointy-toe pair from Call It Spring.
Get them here for $29.50.
And this blingy, metallic pair from Forever 21.
Get them here for $24.90.
Or how about this pair of classic ballet flats from Glamourous.
Get them here for $18.50.
3Splurge on some good-quality basics and undergarments.
Look, if you’ve never bought yourself a good set of plain T-shirts and a bra that actually fits, make this the year you finally do it. Wearing the right undergarments will make you look and, more importantly, feel more comfortable and confident, and good basics will be there for you when you wake up in the morning and have completely forgotten how to dress yourself.
We love the cotton V-neck tee from Everlane.
Get it here for $15.
And Everlane makes a great cotton crew, too.
Get it here for $16.
We’re also very into this foil dot tank from Avenue.
Get it here for $15.
This drape dress from Universal Standard.
Get it here for $120.
And these wear-them-everywhere leggings from South Beach.
Get them here for $17.
As for that new bra, we recommend visiting a real lingerie store and getting fitted properly (we know, we know, it’s weird — but we swear it’s worth it!).
4Get yourself a new pair of jeans.
If you’re a jeans person and your job allows you to wear denim at work, now is the time to invest in a new pair of your favorite slacks. You know you’ll wear them regularly (read: every single day of your life) so it’s worth spending a little extra on a pair that fit like a glove and make you feel like a queen.
Emma Roberts is obsessed with this pair of cropped flares from Mother.
Get them here for $228.
Khloé Kardashian has been making serious waves with her new denim line, Good American.
Prices vary, shop here.
And Melissa McCarthy has a fierce AF denim line at Lane Bryant.
Get these skinny jeans here for $58.80.
5Invest in a badass suit that makes you feel like Beyoncé.
If Hillary Clinton didn’t inspire you to wear a suit this year, perhaps Queen Bey can make it happen. The singer rocked a gray pinstripe suit in the summertime and made it look fresh — which means you can do the same at your office this year.
We’re obsessed with everything Wildfang makes, but this pantsuit has us swooning.
Or if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, but still modern, try this two-piece number from ASOS.
And there’s also this classic stunner from J. Crew.
Good luck out there, style kweens.