Work dress codes can be suffocating especially for women who take pride and joy in expressing themselves through fashion. But that doesn’t mean that one can’t work around a dress code to still look stylish at work. There are plenty of ways to show off your personal style without breaking the rules. Here are some easy and simple style tips on how to look stylish in your work clothes.
Inject pops of color
Office wear often entails a dreary color palette of solid colors. Make your work outfits more interesting and less monotone by learning to inject pops of color here and there. You can do this through wearing shoes in bold colors or donning a statement handbag in a bright color or funky print. This could also be achieved through makeup. Just be sure to focus on just one feature to keep your look work-appropriate. Sometimes a bold red or pink lip is enough to bring in some much needed burst of color in your office looks.
Invest in traditional pieces with a subtle print
Make a boring pantsuit more interesting by picking one that comes with a subtle print like stripes or small diamond patterns. You can make this a shopping rule with other traditional office clothes like trousers, button-up shirts and pencil skirts. Having plains can make dressing up easier but buying clothes with prints can make it more fun and visually interesting. Just be careful with going overboard in your print choices. Some prints can be hard to mix and match with other pieces.
Accessorize, accessorize and accessorize
It is no secret that accessories can help pull together a look or take an outfit from day to night. You can dress up a simple black dress with just a few accessories and make it work appropriate or make a shirt and skirt combo more stylish with belts or brooches.
For the office, avoid big and chunky jewelry or wear them in moderation probably a bold necklace paired with small earrings. Choose delicate and feminine jewelry instead. You can also invest in brooches and belts to pair with your basic office pieces. Brooches can be great for jazzing up plain shirts and blazers to give them more personality.
Bags are also a great accessory for a working woman. Keep things classy but fun with small sequined clutches or sling bags. You can also complete your look with more practicality by using large purses where you can conveniently keep all your essentials. Just be sure to choose purses with structure. Slouchy purses tend to look too sloppy for the office.
With shoes, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. There are a lot of kitten heeled shoes in classy designs. Going for wedge heels or ankle booties can also be a stylish way to dress up an outfit without letting go of comfort. Your feet will thank you for it at the end of the day. If you have after-work engagements where you need to wear high heels, just keep a pair with you under your table and wear them when you leave work.
Dressing up for the office shouldn’t be boring. Let your personal style shine through restrictive work dress codes by accessorizing with brooches, shoes, bags and jewelry. Give outfits more personality through pops of color and buying office clothes with subtle yet interesting print designs.