The office is often overlooked as a place to express your fashion sense, with many people seeing dressing for work as, at worst, a chore, and at best, a formulaic exercise. However, amongst all the rules and regulations, there is space to be creative and show off a bit of personality with your clothing choices at work - here are a few simple tips.
The classic pencil skirt has proven popular for decades, thanks to its almost magical ability to give you a sleek, feminine, hourglass silhouette. This wardrobe staple provides a versatile way to take you from the office to the bar without compromising on style, and a simple black jersey pencil skirt teamed with a crisp white blouse is a timeless combo. Alternatively, try a wool or tweed skirt for a more classically elegant twist. Net-a-Porter have a fab selection of printed pencil skirts for those looking to experiment with pattern, which are perfect for teaming with plain silk blouses and courts.
Never underestimate the power of an unusual blouse or shirt to lift an otherwise ordinary suit ensemble. For a polished luxe look, go for silk, chiffon or crepe fabrics in subtle pastel tones, or bright colour pops if you prefer to make a loud statement. If you’re a fan of upstyling, you can give the classic cotton shirt an easy update using metallic collar tips for a quirky modern twist.
If there's a particularly strict dress code where you work, jewellery is a great outlet for expressing your personality and style. A statement necklace adds a fashionable edge to a neutral dress or shirt; so if you're wearing a plain, simple top, add some embellishment with a bejewelled necklace or collar.
It’s amazing how a few extra inches adds a feeling of ‘togetherness’ to our work outfits. Heels (quite literally) lift our style choices from casual to formal, regardless of whether they're Mary-Janes, courts, mid-heels or kitten heels. If you don’t want to sacrifice on comfort, Marks & Spencer have a great line of practical mid-heels, which will give you better stability and a comfy fit.
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