Whether you are shopping for your first job or looking to refresh your work wardrobe, looking effortlessly put together at work can be as simple as mixing and matching once you have a quality set of basic offices pieces that you can add to over time.
When it comes to work appropriate bottoms, there are two basics you should stock up on. The first is a flattering pair of ankle pants, which should be fitted but not tight. Choosing neutral colors such as black, grey, or navy will ensure that you can wear them with any color of tops. Once you have these colors, feel free to expand into more colorful or patterned options. If you do go with a more colorful or bold pant, pair these with a simpler top in white or black. In addition to pants, pencil skirts are a classic option that comes in many colors and patterns, not to mention you will want some more warm-weather friendly alternatives to pants come summertime.
Dressing for work in the spring and autumn months can be challenging, as it may be cold when you leave your house but then you find yourself sweating in your bulky sweater at your desk in the afternoon. The key to dressing comfortably for work in any season is as simple as layering. Cardigans and blazers are your friend and can be worn with short sleeved dresses or blouses. Keeping a cardigan stored at your desk is a must-have as many offices are kept at relatively cool temperatures, especially in summer. Cardigans in black, grey, and cream will go with anything but if your work blouses and bottoms are already in neutral colors, wearing a brightly colored cardigan is a great way to infuse a little life into an otherwise boring outfit.
A must have for any work wardrobe are a pair of classic leather pumps, preferably in black and in tan. Wearing heels at work will instantly make you feel more confident during presentations and high level meetings. On days that you want to dress down, such as on casual Friday’s, closed-toe flats are a safe choice. D’Orsay flats in a suede material are both a stylish and comfortable option. Assuming you are wearing mostly neutral colors up top, a leopard or cheetah print shoe is a fun way to add a little style.
Hair & Make-Up
When it comes to beauty products, studies have shown time and again that wearing make-up does matter in the way your coworkers and superiors perceive you. A swipe of blush, mascara, and a little lip color are really all you need to look more put together, as less is more when it comes to the workplace environment. For hair, sleek and pulled back hair styles are a good way to keep your hair out of your face while still looking stylish. A high pony tail, fishtail braid, or smooth bun are all great options. Utilizing hair extensions
to lengthen your pony tails and braids can help you look professional but feminine.