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5 fashion essentials you absolutely need in your work wardrobe — they’re all under $50 at Nordstrom

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Unless you work in a really creative field, chances are your work wardrobe consists of pieces that are flattering, timeless and not particularly fashion-forward. And you know what? That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with having office-friendly basics in your closet, especially if you wear them regularly and feel comfortable in them. Trendy clothing has its place, and sometimes that’s not at work.

As with the items you wear out at night or on the weekends with friends, your work wardrobe needs to be updated every so often to ensure you’re presenting your best self at the office. If it’s been a while since you invested in a new pair of work pants or a tailored blazer, let this be your reminder to do so.

Need help adding a few versatile items to your work wardrobe that you’ll actually wear all year long? Check out the five picks below from Nordstrom. Not only are they all perfect for just about every office setting, but they’re also perfect for just about every budget. Each piece is less than $50!

1. Wit & Wisdom Stretch Cotton Pants, $29.40-$49 (Orig. $49)

$29.40 $49 at Nordstrom

These classic cotton pants have just a hint of stretch, so they're extra comfy while also looking polished and pulled together. If you don't have many work pants you love, go ahead and buy these in all the colors.

2. Topshop Smart Jersey Blazer, $44.40 (Orig. $74)

$44.40 $74 at Nordstrom

Nothing pulls a work look together quite like a blazer. Black and navy are classic, but this Topshop Smart Jersey Blazer in beige is a bit nontraditional while still also being work appropriate.

3. French Connection Stripe Smocked Dress, $40.80 (Orig. $68)

$40.80 $68 at Nordstrom

Perfect for summer Fridays with a cardigan on top, this French Connection Stripe Smocked Dress can also double as weekend wear with sandals or flip-flops at Sunday brunch.

4. Nordstrom V-Neck Tank Top, $29.40-$49 (Orig. $49)

$29.40 $49 at Nordstrom

This Nordstrom V-Neck Tank Top comes in a ton of colors, so don't hesitate to stock up. It's great on its own, but you can also layer it under a blazer or cardigan sweater.

5. Halogen Relaxed Fit Cardigan, $41.40 (Orig. $69)

$41.40 $69 at Nordstrom

Speaking of cardigans, this one by Halogen is pretty perfect. In addition to bright pink, it's also available in lavender.

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