Next week, after a two-year hiatus, I’m going to be working in an office again, for a four week stint. As you can imagine after a year filled with travel, followed by a year of working from home, my wardrobe is missing a few key pieces to make it office appropriate.

After assessing the gaps in my wardrobe, I reckon a dress or two, a couple of smart tops and a pair of trousers that are an upgrade on yoga pants, are the additions I need to expand on what I already own, without ending up with a ton of stuff I don’t really need.

I’ve kept my search to mid-range high street and online stores in order to keep costs low. Following are five of the best buys I’ve spotted, all of which are under £20, bar the black dress…

Flared Dress, £17.99, Zara

This long-sleeved skater-style dress comes in grey marl, red and black, and is just the thing for me to throw on after an early-morning pre-work yoga class before jumping on the tube. There’s only the smallest size left in the grey marl online, but it would be worth trying your local store as they had more sizes last time I looked.
You can buy it here

Textured Flowy Blouse, £17.99, Mango

Simple but versatile, this t-shirt-style blouse would work under a smart jacket, paired with patterned skirts or shorts, or with smart trousers and skinny jeans.
You can buy it here

Slim Fit Jeans, £14.99, Mango

I haven’t had much luck finding a pair of well-priced non-boring trousers, although I’m keen to try these Stradivarius ones on next time I’m in Westfield. For now a pair of skinny black jeans will have to do. These ones are on sale and in trouser smartness terms are kind of one-up-from-yoga-pant. Worn with the crepe blazer I already own, plus a plain tee and heels they’re (creative) office appropriate but yoga pant comfortable.
You can buy them here

Shift Dress With Asymmetric Hem, £42, ASOS

I have all manner of patterned dresses in my wardrobe but, unbelievably, not a single plain black dress. This one caught my eye with its combination of round neck, short sleeves and asymmetric hem, which gives it a bit of interest.
You can buy it here

V Neck T-Shirt With Chiffon Hem, £18, ASOS

I know to my cost that as much as I like the look of pretty blouses, I’m more likely to actually wear a t-shirt. This one, which comes in black or grey, with a chiffon hem, is smarter than the average tee, but will still get plenty of wear.
You can buy it here

Anyone else invested in some new clothes for the office or considering upgrading their office look? Which are your go-to shops for workwear? Do share below!