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The Work Capsule Wardrobe

Just as it has with handshakes and communal popcorn, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we think about getting dressed for work. Weekday-wear has seen a pronounced shift toward soft tailoring, and the business-casual staples you leaned on two years ago—pumps, pencil skirts, neatly pressed slacks—now may not be casual enough. But don’t go thinking you have to overhaul your wardrobe. With a few well-chosen workhorses, your RTO look will be GTG.

  1. LOOK SHARP

    Cuffs, sharp collar, front placket—these are the elements that make a button-up feel crisp, even if it’s oversize. For a more traditional look, opt for a straighter cut with seams that stop at the shoulder.

    MARIA MCMANUS SHIRT, goop, $480; ALEX MILL SHIRT, goop, $135

  2. MARIA MCMANUS SHIRT, goop, $480
  3. ALEX MILL SHIRT, goop, $135
  1. SOLE FOCUS

    If we had to guess, three-inch pumps are probably no longer required at your office. Try high-throat ballet flats, chunky sandals, or pointy-toe mules instead—even sneakers, if you can get away with it.

    EMME PARSONS FLATS, goop, $395; JW ANDERSON SANDALS, goop, $650; KHAITE LOAFERS, Khaite, $740; BRUNELLO CUCINELLI SNEAKERS, Net-a-Porter, $1,295

  2. EMME PARSONS FLATS goop, $395
  3. JW ANDERSON SANDALS, goop, $650
  4. KHAITE LOAFERS, Khaite, $740
  5. BRUNELLO CUCINELLI SNEAKERS, Net-a-Porter, $1,295
  1. KNIT WIT

    Not only is a classic cardigan the best defense against office AC; it also layers easily over all manner of blouses. Keep a versatile one draped over the back of your desk chair so you can shrug it on between meetings.

    ALEX MILL CARDIGAN, goop, $155; G. LABEL HADLEY TIPPED CARDIGAN, goop, $675

  2. ALEX MILL CARDIGAN, goop, $155;
  3. G. LABEL HADLEY TIPPED CARDIGAN, goop, $675
  1. DRESS SENSE

    Our shirtdresses are designed for the multihyphenate woman, meaning they work for all-hands meetings, school pickups, and everything in between.

    G. LABEL GROSSMAN UTILITY MINIDRESS, goop, $525; G. LABEL CALEY ANORAK DRESS, goop, $595

  2. G. LABEL GROSSMAN UTILITY MINDRESS, goop, $525
  3. G. LABEL CALEY ANORAK DRESS, goop, $595
  1. PACK MENTALITY

    A compartment-happy commuter tote is the antidote to chaos. Level up with a zippered pouch for those hard-to-corral cables.

    MÉTIER BAG, MÉTIER, $1,750; MÉTIER NOTEBOOK COVER, Métier, $550; MÉTIER POUCH, Métier, $350

  2. MÉTIER BAG, MÉTIER, $1,750
  3.  MÉTIER COVER, Métier, $550
  4. MéTIER POUCH, Métier, $350
  1. EASY BUTTON

    Denim has always been an acceptable form of workwear at goop (and not just on casual Fridays). We favor wide-leg silhouettes with considered details, like contrast stitching or a copper button-fly.

    G. LABEL LEV BUTTON-FLY RELAXED-LEG JEANS, goop, $295; G. LABEL GEIGER WIDE-LEG JEANS, goop, $295

  2. G. LABEL LEV BUTTON-FLY RELAXED-LEG JEANS goop, $295
  3. G. LABEL GEIGER WIDE-LEG JEANS, goop, $295
  1. BOTTOM LINE

    With their patch pockets, button tabs, and built-in belt, these trousers strike just the right balance between smart and sensible.

    G. LABEL MUIRHEAD WORKWEAR PANTS, goop, $450

  2. G. LABEL MUIRHEAD WORKWEAR PANTS, goop, $450
  3. G. LABEL MUIRHEAD WORKWEAR PANTS, goop, $450
  1. GOLD STARS

    Pared-back links will ramp up a wrist party, complement a watch, or glimmer solo. Plus, they’re nice to look at while you type.

    NANCY NEWBERG BRACELET, goop, $4,200; LAURA LOMBARDI BRACELET, goop, $84

  2. NANCY NEWBERG BRACELET, goop, $4,200
  3. NANCY NEWBERG BRACELET, goop, $4,200
  4. NANCY NEWBERG BRACELET, goop, $4,200
  1. DREAM TEAM

    Prim poplin top + swingy A-line skirt = a fashion formula we love as much for the 9-to-5 as we do for martinis at 7.

    G. LABEL YELI PUFF-SLEEVE SNAP TOP, goop, $375; G. LABEL CROSSON GRID-PRINT SKIRT, goop, $475; KHAITE TOP, goop, $1,380

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  3. KHAITE TOP, goop, $1,380
  4. G. LABEL CROSSON GRID-PRINT SKIRT, goop, $475

FOR IN-PERSON WORK

Nootropic chews,* noise-canceling Bluetooth earbuds, a travel mug that keeps coffee/tea/bone broth hot for hours on end—these are the deskmates that’ll get you through each day.

WFH HEROES

Refresh your cache of cozies with a camera-friendly knit dress and shearling-lined slides you can step out for lunch in. Then upgrade your office lamp for one that supports productivity, focus, and alertness.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.