Stepping out from one’s comfort zone can be a daunting task. It should never be an impractical goal regardless of one’s position.
This rule of thumb applies to the corporate world where you need to be at your best both professionally and personally at all times.
Sure, first impression on your colleagues and manager matter most, but it is just as necessary to you maintain it going forward.
As challenging as it may sound, there are some pointers for everyone to look stylish in their office clothes. Being at your personal best doesn’t need to take a humongous efforts.
Looking Stylish in Office Clothes
Women’s office clothes have always been a matter of scrutiny, even today. The so-called “passion for fashion” term is both a boon and bane in disguise for women.
The million-dollar question raised by women who are cubicle-bound and tied to extensive reports and spreadsheets at all-times is: Is this styling endeavour really worth investing? I’d say yes!
A simple counter to this is: Would you really want to stay dull with the monotony of work and not have time to indulge yourself? I’m pretty sure, earning shillings for bread isn’t the sole goal of a working woman in today’s time.
Here are 8 ways you can add suave and style to your office clothes and stand out among your colleagues.
Work With Colours
Colours are a gift from nature. From barn red to carmine pink and from English Lavender to French Beige, colours resonate with every person in a different way.
They play an influential part in a women’s professional image. Traditional colours like grey portray a conservative picture while red gives an aggressive allure. Black can present more of a chic and serious persona.
Most of these colours gel very well with skirts, shoes, pantsuits. They mix well with softer feminine hues like ivory, soft pink and ice blue.
The devil is in the details if you figure them out well.
Fit to Perfection
Proper fitting of one’s garment is of paramount importance. There is a level of appropriateness to be considered in this case.
An overly tight blouse would certainly be frowned upon with unfriendly looks, while ill-fitting clothes tend to make you look more sloppy and unprofessional.
Pants should be taken care of and fit in a way that is free of any visible panty lines. Annsummers.com is a good website for great panties at discounted prices. They won’t show under your clothes, and as a bonus, they’re super sexy!
As for dresses, they key is to look for styles that will accentuate your waist, are figure flattering and but not just solely focusing on your shape. What I mean is that it doesn’t necessarily mean it has be body hugging to the point where you can’t breathe or where we see every single bulge in someones shape. While that’s ok in other spaces, at work, it may not be appropriate, especially if you work in a more conservative office.
The Power of Accessories
Accessories can always add that extra suave to your outfits. Don’t be conservative about bringing that extra appeal to your office clothes.
Accessorizing is a safe bet that can instantly add interest to one’s outfit while still maintaining a professional look.
They are an easy way to show off your inner personality and a know-how of the latest trends.
Chic Appeal With Small Differences
Adding that extra zing to your office clothes can go a long way. Small tweaks can add a layer to your style statement.
Don’t be afraid of wide sleeves, high waisted bottoms or the centre seams that go down perfectly with blouses and dresses.
For example, a three-quartered-length-sleeve has many positives and can be worn regardless of the seasons. It’s office appropriate, flattering, can be worn with a cardigan or jacket, and not to forget the chic appeal it adds to the outfit.
Avoid Designer Labels
You may be fond of the latest fashion trends and maybe a regular subscriber of Vogue and Porter, but playing the logo and brand conscious queen is a strict no-no.
Logo heavy clothing and flaunted accessories make you look cluttered, frivolous and in serious disarray in your workplace.
Choose items that are free from mainstream designer labels to accentuate your look. Some wholesale blouses and other type of garments may be a good place to start that can offer logo neutral pieces at good prices.
Importance of a Good Purse
Your purses are a reflection of your definitive taste. They need to look as good and professional as you do.
When looking for a good handbag, go for structured styles:
- top-handle bags
- structured totes
They project a more confident you.
Steer clear of backpacks. It’s better suited for students and amateurs, not professionals.
As a daily office going professional, your personal style statement should be the best reflection of you.
You don’t need to punish yourself with a solid, neutral-coloured closet that will bore you to death.
A feminine floral blouse, businesslike pinstripe pants, and small graphic prints help break that constant monotony of solid colours.
Give it a try. Some are even more flattering on our figures as they may hide some of least favourite areas.
Playful Flats and Boots
Footwear is going through a revolution of all sorts as women are kicking off high heels in favour of comfortable flats.
Heeled knee-high boots in leather or suede are interesting choices to consider for the workplace.
Pointy-toe styles in a stripe and varied bold colours will also give a classy look to your office wear.
Give them a consideration if you’re passed the classy pump look.
The Gist of it
Being hip and stylish in your office clothes while staying professional shouldn’t ever come at the cost of a compromise. So ladies, stay classy and be beautiful always.
Follow the tips to give you an idea of what works and what doesn’t for your work attire. What are your office clothes tips?
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Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom says
These are all great tips! I love the handbag and footwear tips the most! I always like to have a professional looking bag and a timeless one, too. I also think stylish footwear is important, too and helps you stand out!
The Wardrobe Stylist says
Totally agree, it makes a world a difference to ensure that we’ve got our accessories and footwear covered.