Work wear wrap dresses by Australian fashion brand Leina & Fleur are worn by a plus size woman. A work wear wrap dress by Australian fashion brand Leina & Fleur is worn by a plus size woman.

How To Build Your Workwear Style

The Ultimate workwear capsule wardrobe

What would you do with an extra 17 minutes a day*? On average, that's how long it takes us to get dressed in the mornings. Streamline your wardrobe, streamline your workday mornings and save precious minutes to do something you love. Here's how with our Workwear Capsule Edit.

Showing good women's workwear outfits, a plus size woman wears 3 different outfits. Outfit 1 is a round neck, long sleeve top for curvy women with tailored black plus size pants. Outfit 2 is a mulberry red pencil skirt with V-neck, long sleeve jersey top and plus size black jacket. Outfit 3 is a plus size reversible jersey dress with mulberry red jacket.


While workwear can be about the perfectly tailored suit, it’s not the only option for your work wardrobe. Work clothes should be able to move with you through your daily tasks.

If a pencil skirt inhibits movement on your swivel chair or your jacket collar bunches up around your neck every time you answer the phone, then it’s time to look for different solutions.

Step 1. Work Pants

Focus on a good pair of work pants. Pants are one of the trickiest items to shop for as their comfort and fit is dependent on so many measurements: waist, hips and leg length of course, but there’s often the fit over other curvy areas such as the thighs and through the seat of the pant to consider as well. Alleviate the discomfort by shopping pants made with stretch jersey.

L&Fs dry-touch jersey pants feature soft, pull-on waistbands that fit to your curves.

Culotte styles drape from the hips and create dramatic silhouettes with their wide legs. Cropped-length culotte pants in dry-touch jersey, like the Dany Culotte add a contemporary edge that styles well for dynamic work wear looks. The Monroe Pant (pictured) meanwhile, cuts a straighter line that glides from the hips to elongate the legs, creating a more sophisticated, classic look.

tailored pants with stretch appeal

Even our more tailored pant styles have a good blend of stretch fibres. Heavier in weight, our Ponte Jersey lends itself to more structured details like zip fastenings and is good for giving a more defined silhouette while still having stretch enough to move with your body.  

Choose which pant will work best your professional days and buy it in two colours to give variation within your wardrobe.

Step 2. Add A Skirt

A skirt will help your work wardrobe flow. Great for transitioning between the seasons, skirts wear well in both summer and winter and seasonal styling changes are an easy way to transform a skirt’s look. 


All L&F skirts are made in luxurious stretch jersey so comfort and fit are guaranteed. Even our slim-fitting pencil skirts, the Glennon Skirt (with waistband, pictured) and the Andi Skirt (no waistband) are pull-on, tube-style skirts which mould to your curves. Great for layering, pencil skirt shapes pair well with most top styles, whether they’re worn tucked or loose, and look smart for work.


A-line skirts work well in jersey too. Tailoring to the waist and hips for definition, a full skirt will fall gracefully over the legs to a give a softer shape for corporate wear. The Cassidy Skirt (pictured) for example, with A-line shape works to balance out the silhouette. Wear tops tucked in for a smarter, work wear look.

Showing good work tops for women, 3 women wear long sleeve tops by Australian fashion brand Leina & Fleur. Woman 1, wears a plus size square neck top. Women 2 wears a plus size V-neck top in bamboo jersey. Woman 3 wears a navy blue V-neck top.

Step 3. Select Workwear Tops

A good capsule work wardrobe should contain a minimum of 3-4 tops. If three is your basic, go for a top in a neutral shade, one in a colour and a printed top. This will ensure a good variety of looks through the work week.

Tailored TOPS

Tailored jersey tops make for easy corporate style. They offer details that stand alone, enhancing the fit of tops on the body and the impact of an outfit. Tailored tops like the best-selling Dakota Top (pictured) feature details like a front pleat, back shoulder yoke with a tuck below and shirttail hemline. All of these features work to elevate the wearer's style. And in luxurious jersey fabric, not only are they comfortable tops to wear but they're easy to care for too.


Wrap-front tops suit work dressing. A functioning wrap top like the Noah Top (pictured) will help sculpt the silhouette, defining the waist and frilling over the hips to give a more feminine workwear look. Fixed wrap styles meanwhile, offer a more streamlined look that wears well with suiting, usually with ruching to flatter the tummy and waist.

Step 4. Dresses For The Workplace

Simplify your style and be done in one with a dress style. A strong work dress will create presence and in L&F's stretch jersey, will deliver all-day comfort and ease of wear.

Double The Dresses

Designed with longevity in mind, L&Fs latest dresses come with reversible options like the Bettina Reversible Dress in Navy (pictured).Wear front to back or back to front and transform your look with a slick change of necklines.

A good workwear wardrobe will lighten your morning routine (and your laundry basket!). Rather than being weighed down by styles you never wear, having a solid capsule wardrobe of workwear styles will give you a clear vision of where you’re going and what you’ll be wearing to get there. You’ll be dressed in the morning in under 5 minutes flat!

* The average woman will spend 17 minutes choosing an outfit to wear to work, reveals UK survey. Read More >

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