Getting dressed for the office doesn't mean leaving your personal style behind
Our goal to getting dressed for work is to project a professional, competent image, regardless of your employment level or career path. Whatever your job may be, dressing professionally and appropriately counts. Many women are restricted to strict office dress code but that doesn’t mean boring. Thankfully fashion has become more interesting and creative. There are many options out there that will pass the conservative office dress code.
The goal is to create an outfit that’s appropriate, but still remains true to your personal style. Start with the right wardrobe foundation and getting dressed for work will be effortless and time saving.
The Essential Must Haves:
White crispy button-ups- You can't go wrong with a white shirt paired a straight skirt or nice pants. Make sure the shirt is tailored especially under the armpits, crispy white with a nice collar.
Silk blouses- Short sleeve or Long. Stay clear of the see thru shirts unless you have a proper under lining.
Cardigans- Black is always chic and easy to wear as well as a neutral color
Blazers-: Stay classic with this item
Trousers- A simple flat-front black pant
Pencil Skirts or straight skirts- A straight skirt hemmed just above the knee is flattering
Dresses: Shift, sheath or shirt- A dress, fitted and sleeveless, that can be worn with a cardigan as well
A structured bag- it's best to go with a black bag; look for a simple style that's not too oversized or slouchy. A nice bag polishes off your outfit
Belts- Thin belts look great, and will go with all of the above
A classic shoe: A black pump with an elegant heel will go with all of the above. If you don’t wear heels, a classic flat is fine
The Essential No’s and Don’t’s
Whether your place of work is strict or relaxed, there is a certain level of refinement that should always be maintained. There are things you should not do. Remember to always use your best judgment. Some outfits are for the evening or for the beach. Its great to express your personal style, but keep it refined.
Never show your midriff. Wear shirts with a proper length.
Don’t wear pants that ride too low. Sitting down or bending over may give more than an eyeful.
Avoid revealing too much cleavage or plunging necklines.
No Mini-skirts. Your hemlines should be a few inches above the knee, that’s the shortest you should go.
Keep your bra straps concealed.
Make sure your shirt is buttoned up properly and never let your bra show.
No flip flops or or sneakers.
In general, the more distracting a piece of clothing or jewelry is, the less appropriate it is for office wear.
Not too tight, you don’t have to show all of your curves. Not too baggy or too layered, you could look sloppy.
If your works Dress Code is casual
If its okay to dress casually to your job, then you should still use good judgement and apply the basic no and don’ts. Jeans are great for a casual outfit, but resist with faded, torn jeans. Darker denims are dressier and match with everything.
Dressing well is not just about wearing the right clothes. It’s about wearing the clothes that are right for your figure. Whatever your size may be, try a size smaller or bigger to see what fits you the best. Some designers cut their clothes smaller or vice-versa. So don’t get stuck with your label size and insist you’re a XS when a size S might fit you better and make you look more slender. Take this in consideration when choosing pants. Many times the waist band may be a little small and create “muffin tops” on your sides. This is avoided by a larger waist or going up a size.