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For five days a week, we wake up with one stressful thought: What should we wear to work today? We have to look professional, feel comfortable but not look boring all at the same time. 

Creating the ultimate work wardrobe is challenging because we all have various constraints like dress codes for different jobs, and of course, our budget. 

In order to save time and maximise the mileage of every piece of clothing you invest in, here are three simple rules you can stick to when you are shopping for workwear. 

These rules will help you streamline the wide variety of offerings in retail stores to help you select the best pieces to form the base of your polished and covetable office style. 

Crepe suit, $1009 by Vanessa Bruno from Net-A-Porter

Rule #1: Invest in one high-quality suit 
No matter what industry you are in, this is a firm staple every work wardrobe requires. Yes, we understand that it is only necessary to wear a suit to work if you’re in more conservative industries. For most of us, business casual will do the trick. 

However, the beauty of a well-tailored two-piece suit is this: You can can mix and match individual pieces. You can team the sleek bottom with a more fashion forward blouse or work the blazer with a pair of jeans for a more casual day, and the list goes on. 

Need to know how to buy a suit? Read our story on how to shop for a suit to wear in Singapore weather.

Polyester fitted dress, $69.90 by Zara

Rule #2: Well-fitted black sheath dress 
If you there’s only thing you cannot be without, make it a classic black sheath dress. We have said it more than once, but we cannot emphasise this enough: A fitted black dress is your morning life saver. Go for designs that are as simple as possible, so that you can wear them over and over again without people noticing. 

Want some inspiration? Read our story 8 modern day little black dresses that you should invest in now

Suede pumps, $92 by Michael Michael Kors from The Outnet

Embellished satin flats , $371 by Oscar de la Renta from The Outnet

Rule #3: have two pairs of comfortable shoes
Shoes not only make or break your outfit, but they have the ability to make or break your day too! The discomfort from wearing a pair of bad shoes can literally ruin your day because your movements are impaired, and you will be focusing on the pain all day until you get relief. 

Want some shopping inspiration? Read our story 5 pairs of comfortable shoes that will take you through the entire day. 

Comfortable flats are a must for your daily commute, but you should have a pair of heels when you need to dress up for a meeting. A pair of comfortable heels can really boost your confidence when you walk into the boardroom. 

Need a new pair of flat shoes? Read our story 20 stylish flat shoes under $50 you can flaunt at the office