Every woman that goes to a professional work setting has to choose what they are going to wear before they go, and this is not always as straightforward as it sounds. In order to feel good in what you wear while still looking professional, take these 7 styling tips in mind:
- Wear minimalistic jewellery.
Although you can have some fun when dressing for work, you don’t want to arrive blinged out in too much jewellry. After all, the workplace is for doing work and shouldn’t be a place to draw excess attention to yourself. When choosing your jewellry, opt for a classic necklace or a simple bracelet. Avoid stacking jewellry, big hoop earrings, and large wrist bangles at work.
Anything too vibrant in colour or too big may be viewed as unprofessional and may make noise or distract you throughout the day. Good examples of minimalistic jewellry are simple gold photo lockets, a wedding ring or band, small diamond stud earrings, or simple rings without big stones.
- Utilize blazers and cardigans.
If possible, always wear a blazer or a cardigan over any camisole or blouse that you wear. Neutral colours like black, brown, and grey are great options. If you are a new employee to a company or workplace, it is a safe bet to dress conservatively by covering your arms.
Depending on how formal your workplace is, perhaps you get concerned stares if you wear a tank top or blouse on its own to your workplace. Although many offices will not reprimand you if you do not cover your arms or shoulders, it is a sign of professionalism and respect to your workplace when you follow this general principle.
- Adding a pop of colour.
Don’t feel hesitant to try adding a bright coloured sweater or pants into your outfit from time to time to liven up your outfits. Adding a pop of colour into your ensemble can make you feel more confident and ready to conquer anything that comes your way during your workday. A great option for adding some colour into your outfit is to pick out a new pair of pants in a colour you haven’t tried before.
Since pants aren’t the centre of attention, they will add a nice flair to your outfit, likely without pushing the limit. Add a pair of matching earrings or a simple bracelet in the same colour to go with it!
- Wear closed-toed shoes.
An office must-do is wearing closed-toed shoes. Open-toed shoes will stand out as unprofessional and may even be putting you at risk of cold feet or, in the worst-case scenario, drenched feet if it happens to rain. If you are looking for a staple pair of office shoes to add to your wardrobe, try adding a pair of black leather booties with a low heel or no heel at all.
Remember, you will be wearing these shoes for multiple hours at a time, so you want something that is comfortable but still professional.
- Wear a watch.
One simple way to appear more elegant, sophisticated, professional, and put together is to invest in a nice watch that will match most of your outfits. A good quality watch is not only a subtle way to make your entire outfit look better, but it is also a decent way to help you practice time management as you get your projects done.
A watch can help you avoid looking at your personal phone while working to check the time and is a good staple to have for professional and personal wear.
- Don’t overdo the makeup.
With your makeup being part of your outfit, try not to overdo it when going to work. Focus on creating a balance. If you want to go for a bold lip, don’t hesitate, but keep everything else relatively natural-looking. If you want to put on heavy face makeup, avoid wearing false eyelashes, a dark lip, or big earrings.
If you wear more noticeable earrings, keep your makeup light and fresh looking. When working in an office, your makeup may take a toll on your skin as the hours go by and may end up looking smudged or messy later in the day. Less is sometimes more, especially at work!
- Wear beige or dark hosiery.
As a best practice, you don’t want ever to show bare legs when you are at work. This also goes for all skin; when in doubt, don’t show it! You can still wear fun and stylish outfits that aren’t showing off a lot of skin. On days where you wear a skirt (make sure it is at least around knee length), always wear beige or dark hosiery under it.
Try a monochromatic outfit with matching stocking for a sleek and stylish look, aka an all-black outfit with black hosiery, or all grey with grey. You will want to avoid wearing bright or bright coloured hosiery, and anything with holes in it should be discarded in the trash immediately!
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