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Stylish but professional workwear can be a challenge, especially if you’re interested in women’s fashion. Workwear that fits work dress policies, but still feels on trend can be tricky to find. If you’re a style conscious women with an office job, try out these workwear tips to still feel like you, without upsetting the boss.
- Play with suiting. If you usually wear a suit to work, you don’t have to stick to basic black. Introducing some color is still smart, but is a little more interesting than sticking with classic suit shades of black, grey and navy. If you’re not ready for a full bright suit, why not try a pencil skirt in a bright color paired with a dark suit jacket, or pair your black office slacks with a blazer in a fun shade.
- Stock up on basics. If you rely on basics to complete an outfit, like pantyhose or women’s black cotton socks, make sure you have plenty in your drawer to save time in the morning. If you’re in a rush in the morning, searching for a clean pair of socks is the last thing you need.
- Try a printed pant. If you keep work pants in a traditional, tailored cut, you could experiment with some subtle pattern to add some more interest to an outfit. A stripe or a soft floral could be pretty, while still looking smart. Keep the top part of your outfit plain to keep the overall feel appropriate for the office.
- Try a shirt dress as an alternative to a suit. Keep the hemline below the knee and choose a dress that fits well, and this can be a great feminine twist on workwear. If you’re not sure, start with a dark color before experimenting with more dramatic shades.
- Lift a plain outfit with accessories. If your work requires to be more demure in your clothing choices, you can add interest to a classic look with your accessories. Choose bright earrings, or a chunky necklace that reflects your personality. Buy a work bag in a classic shape but a bold color, or wear a more fashion forward shoe with your suit. Accessories are a great way to express your own taste without rocking the boat too much at work.
- Instead of basic suit trousers, try cigarette pants. This classic shape is smart but more trendy, and is very flattering as it elongates the leg. Pair them with a pump and a cashmere jumper for a chic, professional look.
- A smart coat is a must have in your wardrobe, especially if you’re travelling between meetings or different offices for work. A sleek coat will make a good first impression while also protecting you from the elements.
- Choose the right shoe. You want to be comfortable all day, but still look good. A kitten or other low heel is a good compromise between looking put together but still being kind to your feet. A patent finish will look smarter for longer than leather, which can crack as it softens. An ankle boot cuts you off at an unflattering point on the ankle, so stick with a more classic pump shape.
- Choose quality fabric. A good quality fabric will hang better, which always look smarter and more professional. Buy basics like blazers and shirts in the best fabric you can afford.
- Don’t forget about flat shoes. A heel isn’t the only work option. If you know you’ve got a day on your feet ahead of you at work, opt for a smart flat for more comfort. Ballet pumps feel young, but a quality brogue or a loafer looks smart, grown-up and professional.
- Choose a good work bag. The right bag for work strikes a balance between practical and stylish. If you often carry a laptop, make sure your bag has enough space for it, or a compartment designed to keep a laptop safe. Make sure you have room for other work supplies, like notebooks or paperwork. A tote style is spacious, easy to carry, but still on trend. Pick a sturdy fabric, but you could go for a fun pattern or color to show some personality.
- Plan your outfits the night before. If you struggle to get a stylish look together in the morning, choose your clothes and accessories, and lay them out the night before so you’re not standing confused in front of the wardrobe in the morning. You’ll be better able to plan a good outfit when you’re not running late for work already.