Dressing for the office can always feel a bit like a balancing act: you want to look professional but comfortable, you want to be put together but not overtly sexy, and of course you want to maintain your unique sense of style. So how can you manage to achieve all that and walk into the office knowing you’ve nailed your career looks? It’s easy when you have all the tips for putting together office appropriate looks. Let’s discuss.
Let your accessories do the talking
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When it comes to your wardrobe, perhaps you’re fairly adventurous in your style choices: bright colors, loud prints, and ruffles? Good for your off hours, yes, but perhaps not the best choices for the office. But hey, just because you work in an office, shouldn’t mean you have to put your style on hold. It’s still possible to inject your personality into your office looks while remaining professional.
Find accessories that fulfill your more adventurous side. This could mean purchasing a bright colored pair of pumps, wearing bold red lipstick, or adding that amazing statement necklace to an otherwise average look. This strategy will allow you to have fun and experiment with your style, while freeing up your wallet to invest in some higher quality clothing pieces, which brings us to our next point.
Invest in Neutrals
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When you’re working in an office environment, you want to look professional, which often means investing in clothing. Your basic cotton t-shirts are simply not going to cut it in the workplace, so quite simply, you’re going to need to pull out that credit card. We’ve said this before and we’ll say it again, but when it comes to investment pieces, it’s much more sensible to invest in neutrals.
Because neutrals will allow you mix, match, and experiment without blowing your entire budget on clothing. Think of it this way: you could buy that expensive pink dress that you love, but how often will you be able to wear that pink dress before you’ve become the lady at the office who always wears a pink dress? If you buy a basic, high-quality, black dress, you can change up your accessories to give that black dress a different look each time you put it on. And hey, if you really can’t let go of your love for color, purchase a couple tasteful cardigans in various colors to throw over your new black dress, as shown above. Mission accomplished.
Add Blazers To Your Wardrobe
Have you ever noticed the second you add a blazer to an outfit, it instantly makes your outfit look more put together? Yes, it’s true. Don’t believe us? Check out these office appropriate, blazer friendly looks below.
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These images speak for themselves, right? Have a nice line-up blazers to go Monday morning, and we guarantee dressing for the office will become a lot easier.
It’s Time To Suit Up
Now depending how formal your office environment is, this suggestion might be a little different for everyone, but if you work in a very professional environment, we think it’s time you invest in a suit. And no, suits aren’t only for men. There are many women who are rocking suits, and they’re doing it in style. Not to mention, these ladies look extremely polished, professional, and right on-trend.
There are also many ways you can wear a suit to suit your style (no pun intended). If you feel like a suit is a little too masculine for you, go for a skirt and blazer combo. If your style tends to be minimalistic, try a classic black suit with a clean, crisp, white undershirt. If you have a higher budget and you want to be a bit more adventurous, a colored suit is always an option. It might not be a neutral like we recommended above, but hey, it’s a suit and there’s nothing more professional than a suit.
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When in doubt, pumps are best
When it comes to your footwear in the office, you can’t go wrong with pumps, especially a good pair of black ones. As mentioned above, we’re all for adding some color to your wardrobe through your footwear, but if you’re on a budget or your office is fairly conservative, we highly recommend getting yourself some black pumps. Make sure they’re comfortable, easy to walk in, and high-quality. There’s nothing worse than stumbling around the office in pumps that are falling apart with blisters covering your feet.
If you’re looking for a great pair of black pumps that have a little bit of embellishment while still keeping a conservative look, we can’t say enough good things about our Cantella Pump.
What do you like to wear to the office? Do you have a dress-code you have to adhere to? We hope these five tips and recommendations come in handy next time you’re staring into your closet Monday morning.