4 Power Pieces That Make You Feel (& Look) Like A Boss

Decoding office wear truly doesn’t have to be complicated. Similar to how your magical, butt-defining jeans make you feel confident in any situation, your work attire should also have go-to items that make you say, “I got this.” These are the fool-proof power pieces that make you feel in complete control of whatever work emergency you’re thrown into — a flattering jumpsuit, a sleeveless blazer, a coordinating suit (basically, items you’d want in your closet anyway). The real power move is finding pieces are comfortable enough to romp around in after-hours, too.

To prove that looking like a total boss doesn’t have to be a convoluted challenge, we've compiled four different outfits that show just how easy it is to layer up the work uniform of your dreams using everyday staples as statement pieces. Incorporating these key ingredients into your daily rotation will pull your ensemble to exec status in no time. And, just like your pants said, you got this.
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The Bold Jumpsuit
If a dress feels too traditional and passé, hop into a one-piece of another kind: the jumpsuit. Embrace the layer-over-a-turtleneck trick and watch the silken summer staple easily transition into a winter-appropriate piece. Put on the final touches with a clean-cut collarless blazer and a modest pair of blocky grandma heels.

Tibi Stretch Faille Colette Tie Jumpsuit, $485, available at Tibi, Atea Oceanie V-Neck Blazer, Wool Cashmere, Putty, $410, available at Atea Oceanie, Tod's Fringed Pumps, $463.10 $277.86, available at Farfetch, H&M Sleeveless Turtleneck Top, $9.99, available at H&M, Prada Glace Calfskin Tricolor Tote Bag, White/Red/Blue, $2,450, available at Neiman Marcus.
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The Sleeveless Blazer
Blazer schmlazer. Upgrade your in-office outerwear with a patterned sleeveless longline jacket that gives a new take on an old classic. Since the bold piece is clearly the focal point of the look, keep everything else low-key. Wear a neutral silk blouse tucked into a pair of suede culottes with lace-up heels to keep things playful.

H&M Flared Blouse, $19.99, available at H&M, Charles Keith Casual Bowling Bag, $96, available at Charles Keith, Mango Jacquard Gilet, $149.99, available at Mango, Stuart Weitzman Cordon Lace-Up Ballerina Pump, Black, $398, available at Neiman Marcus, Whistles Moore Suede Culottes, $700, available at Whistles.
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The Polished Watch
A grown-up time-teller is a rite of passage, like your first apartment or a well-earned promotion. And while it’s a no-brainer complement to a new-guard suit, a beautiful wrist-piece lends real impact to an off-duty outfit. A distinctive style — think sleek black leather and a diamond-marked face — not only elevates vintage denim and comfy kicks but makes us feel surprisingly badass, too.

David Yurman Albion 27mm Leather Swiss Quartz Watch, $1450, available at David Yurman; Gant Rugger Reed Crystal Amber Glasses, $89, available at Coastal; Aritzia Vintage Wrangler, $125, available at Aritzia; Theory Concealed Fastening Shirt, $317.75, available at Farfetch; Nike Air Pegasus ’83 Red Trainers, $120.03, available at ASOS.
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The Fitted Suit
If your cubicle life leans more toward the corporate side, invest in a coordinating power suit with a skinny-fit pant to keep you looking streamlined. Spice up the conservative two-fer with funky metallic loafers, an adorable pink handbag, and a lacy semi-sheer top. The best part is that this kind of hip-length shirt works wonderfully either tucked in or out.

Reiss Delo Jacket Single-Breasted Blazer Night Navy, $425, available at Reiss, Reiss Delo Trouser Slim-Leg Trousers Night Navy, $230, available at Reiss, JEMMA JoJo Ballet, $358, available at JEMMA, Sandro Edmonde Top, $295 $236, available at Sandro, Madewell The Leandra Loafer in Metallic, $128 $114.50, available at Madewell.
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The Unconventional Work Bag
For the more relaxed and creative office environment, ditch the typical tote in favor of a statement backpack for a hands-free commute. Swap out the basic pencil skirt for a pleated A-line instead, and pair it with the coziest cashmere sweater and shiny patent leather booties. This is an easy outfit you’ll love for day-to-night plans.

Zara Straight Pleated Skirt, $25.90, available at Zara, Clare V. Agnes Backpack, $369, available at Clare V., TK available at MyTheresa, Nine West Wasabi Pointy Toe Booties, $129 $89.99, available at Nine West, Ann Taylor Cashmere Turtleneck Tunic Sweater, $229, available at Ann Taylor.