Wardrobe panic is real! From choosing the best outfit for work, start with the essentials for a working wardrobe. 

Our range of multifunctional handbags and backpacks for women make the perfect bag for work - use them as stylish gym bag with a shoe compartment, laptop bag for women or just a super smart work bag with a pocket for a change of shoes! 


Smart Jeans

A plain (ie not trashed!) works best for the office. Choose a straight cut jean that will go with everything and be dressed up and down. We love H&M straight leg vintage cut in the dark wash. 

Black tapered trouser

Need we say more? We love a tapered cigarette pant, but paper bag trousers are also great. Topshop have some great styles. 

The Floral dress

Great with a blazer or just add a heel and a leather jacket for date night.  

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The Smart dress / LBD 

Everyone needs one multi tasking dress for meetings or a date. We love a classic style that you can add your own twist on. 

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The White Shirt 

Goes with everything, for anything. Tie it in a knot, wear it loose or tuck it in.  

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The Breton Top 

Fab with a red lippy, this is one of our all time staples. 

Pretty Top 

A feminine top with a frill is always a winner.

The Trench 

The belted trench is so flattering and really the only thing that can handle the spring weather (in the UK at least!)

Classic Black Jacket 

A tailored black jacket is something we could not live without. We love it with a jean and striped shirt. 

Classic Black handbag

A classic black tote that works as hard as you do is hard to beat. Our Fact + Fiction Sophia Tote is a twist on the norm, with space for a change of shoes or packed lunch at the bottom, as well a compartment for files and handbag essentials up top. Sophia is the perfect black tote bag for work to workout, doubling up as a functional ladies gym bag. Carrying a laptop? Shop our collection of women's laptop bags here 

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Black Courts

A fave of Meghan Markle. The ultimate go anywhere, wear with anything item! If you've got a Fact + Fiction bag you can always carry a change of shoes (read flats or trainers for comfort) thanks to the clever anti smell shoe compartment. 

A flat, coloured mule 

We LOVE a mule.  White is our fave but make sure to get ones that you can clean easily!

Share your work staples with us! Looking for the best gym bag for women or a classic gym tote that's work appropriate? Shop our range here