This year I decided I wanted to have a more professional image at work…call it my attempt at adulting. My first thought was to dress more professional. However my take on professional = boring.
When I was contacted about a guest post on dressing stylishly for work it felt like fate. Read on to get major #fashioninspo for the workplace.
Women everywhere can agree that getting dressed for work has the potential to be one of the most stressful parts of the day. On one hand, we have the fashionista who loves trying new trends and taking style risks, but she’s nervous that these looks won’t be appropriate for the office. On the other hand, we have the woman who plays it safe day after day and consequentially ends up wearing the same five outfits every single week, with no variety.
Between the bold risk-taker and the woman who plays it too safe, there exists a happy medium when it comes to work wardrobes. All you need is a few style tips that will ensure your office attire is both a reflection of your personal style and professional enough to be work-appropriate. Because so many women struggle with this fine line, I compiled some of my best tips for dressing stylishly for work.
Say hello to colour.
One of the best muses for professionally stylish work wear is Mindy Kaling, who, in her sitcom, The Mindy Project, plays an awesome #girlboss OBGYN. On the show, she’s not afraid of bold colours or exciting patterns. This Popsugar article sifts through Mindy’s notable outfits and even goes on to note, “Neon is always office appropriate.” And with the accompanying photo, you can see just how classy Mindy makes neon look, even in an office setting.
Embrace the power of layering.
There is a lot to be said about a woman who can layer well. When getting dressed for work, you can easily repurpose an otherwise “weekend” outfit with the right layering techniques. Add-ons like cardigans, tights, and coats can bring dimension and polish to any base outfit—and these are the elements you want. For inspiration, fashion destination Lyst provides all kinds of stylish, yet put-together, looks that bridge trendiness and maturity. Don’t be afraid to combine unexpected pieces. You never know what kind of outfit you’ll create!
Spice up your pencil skirt.
With the pencil skirt being a work wardrobe staple and an obvious go-to for just about any woman in the workspace, it’s important that you don’t simply stick with a plain black one forever. There are plenty of sassy, professional skirts out there with preppy prints that will instantly spice up your pencil skirt game without taking away from your professionalism. And if you just can’t let go of your plain black skirt, accessorise with a colourful pair of pumps to make it pop.
Jewelry is your friend.
…But not your best friend. When it comes to accessorising with jewelry at work, you’ll need to mind the fine line between tasteful and distracting. Take it from Business Insider, who advises to remove one accessory before leaving the house. If you’re not sure where to start, a pretty watch merges fashion and function while dainty, accompanying bracelets will make it just a little more flashy without being too blingy. Wear stud earrings, and stash funky ones in your bag for happy hour.
Leah Noble is a freelance writer and beach lover based in Australia. In her free time, you can find her reading romance novels or playing with her pug pup, Reginald.