The alarm goes off, after snoozing a few times, you eventually drag yourself out of bed. It’s time for the daily marathon of finding what to wear.
According to a recent survey, “the average female takes the equivalent of ten working days a year getting ready for work”. That’s equal to at least 27 minutes per day!
But where does the time go? A lot of it is spent digging through your wardrobe, trying to find something empowering yet sophisticated to wear to work…only settling with the same “fail-safe” outfits you always wear.
Getting bored? How can you spruce up your work wear and show that you have a life outside of the office?
Read on for 10 fashionable ideas for you to wear to work.
Dress for Success
The line of work you’re in obviously accounts for what you are required to wear.
But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the uniform white blouse and black skirt combo. There are loads of trendy alternatives you can wear to work.
To spruce up your wardrobe, you don’t need to break the bank! You’ll probably find that in your pile of clothes, you already have several of these items.
1. The Classic Look
For many, wearing traditional and professional clothing is essential to being successful in your line of work. But it doesn’t have to be outdated.
Wearing high waisted pleated pants in a variety of colors from rich burgundy to camel tones can give you that needed professional look.
A pencil skirt is also simple yet elegant. Wearing bold and bright colors with a patterned silk blouse can look smart and sassy.
The shift dress is a timeless classic. If paired with the right accessories, it can look effortlessly modern. Team a dark shift with a brightly colored blazer to make a statement.
FYI blazers are going to come up a lot! They are one of the essential items you need in your wardrobe right now!
2. Smart Casual
Dressing more casually doesn’t mean you can dress like a slob…you can actually look quite smart if you accessorize correctly.
Cropped pants teamed with a blazer make a great “smart casual” look.
Wearing a mannish, slightly oversized shirt paired with capris, tailored pants or a pencil skirt makes you look effortlessly stylish.
Another idea is layering. Using a sweater or vest over a shirt is a cute idea. Scarves and belts add to this look, so be sure to accessorize.
3. Power Suit
No, we’re not referencing the 90s hit “Clueless”! Tailored suits have come a long way since then. They are now designed to be a lot more flattering to your body shape.
The pantsuit. Long tailored pants or cropped capris both look great teamed with killer heels or stylish mules.
A skirt or dress suit doesn’t have to look frumpy. A tailored jacket with a plain pencil skirt, or even with ruffles and pleats can look sexy and sophisticated.
The relaxed suit is another option, this doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy. Have a different color or texture on the top and bottom of your outfit. Use contrasting colors if you’re bold!
4. Dare With Denim
This one depends on the workplace if you’re a banker or lawyer denim might be breaking the rules. You don’t want HR on your back.
In any case, we’re not talking about ripped white washed jeans.
Sleek, dark tailored jeans with a button-down blouse can look classy. Accessories are key to this look. And high heels will give it a more businesslike feel.
Skinny jeans in dark colors look great with a crisp shirt and, you guessed it, a blazer!
Not just jeans, but denim pencil skirts can look good. Or even a simple shift dress accessorized with a denim jacket.
Monochrome always looks good in the office.
For a chic cosmopolitan look, wear a monochrome animal print skirt and a white fitted shirt.
Or make your top the statement by wearing a striped “Beetlejuice inspired” blouse with a plain pencil skirt or pants. Add a pop of color to keep it looking fresh. Red lipstick or some statement shoes will finish off your monochrome look.
6. Color Pop
Maybe black and white don’t float your boat. Using colors to brighten up your workplace is totally trending right now.
If you can pull it off, wearing contrasting colors that complement each other can look seriously stylish. If you’re not bold enough to wear full-on bright colors, wearing darker clothes with a splash of color can look great. FYI, avoid neon at all costs!
8. Leather Ladies
Leather doesn’t have to look trashy. In fact, the Prime minister of the UK, Theresa May, turned a few heads when she braved the leather look!
A pair of faux leather leggings or a mid-length leather look skirt with feminine blouse looks super trendy.
What about just a few leather touches? A waist belt or high boots can give that rock chick look without being over the top.
Leather can also look good in different colors. Browns and nude tones look fashionable, yet suitable to wear to work.
9. Gingham and Florals
Trying to find the balance between sophisticated and girly can be tough. But wearing florals and gingham doesn’t have to be overly feminine.
Keep it down to one item of clothing, either your top of bottoms.
A dress or fitted skirt in florals can look cute. Even a blouse or blazer can be a great statement piece.
A gingham coat in beige colors or monochrome can look sophisticated when you’re on your way to and from work.
10. Retro Inspired
Bold prints and polka dots can also look professional when worn correctly.
A polka dot skirt paired with some suede heels will give you that edgy retro look.
Cropped pants with pumps and a retro high necked blouse can also look pretty yet professional.
Shoes and Accessories
As you’ve read, shoes and accessories play a vital role in making your outfit a success.
From girlish courts to killer heels, shoes can be the bold statement you need to complete your look. Read more for some stylish shoes and accessories that are so cute that they keep on popping up in the press!
What Can You Wear to Work?
As you’ve read, there are so many cute and classy options to wear to work.
Dressing for work doesn’t have to be boring or routine anymore. And if you get it right, you’ll be the talk of the office…in a good way!
So are you ready for your morning alarm call tomorrow? I know I am!
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