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Published on: 15 Dec 2018 by evie28

5 Great Looks You Can Wear to Work And Nail It!

Navigating the office dress code can be stress inducing for many people. The clothes you wear make an impression on those around you and can influence everything from management interaction to the consideration for promotions. But clothes can be expensive and you may not have the budget for those “must-have” designer pieces listed on blogs and in the magazines.

You can put together great looks without breaking the bank. Here are just 5 ideas to build a basic wardrobe and, with a little creative thinking, mix and match to build even more amazing professional looks for the office.

Neutral Blouse and Striped Slacks

Almost anywhere you go, you’ll be able to find a flattering blouse in white, gray, black, brown, or beige. By choosing a plain neutral blouse, you can pair it with almost anything in your wardrobe. But to build an outfit, look for a pair of striped slacks.

Depending on your body shape and general preferences, you can choose slim fit or wide leg. The vertical stripes serve to elongate your frame. If you choose a white blouse, look for black and white stripes. If you choose beige, find something in brown tones.

Structured Dress and Cardigan

If you only have one dress in your closet, make sure it’s a structured dress that works best with your frame. Fit-and-flare or A-line skirts are popular today, but you may find that a wrap dress or a collared dress looks better on you. Whatever the case, choose something that you love and can be worn by itself or with accessories.

To complete the look for the office, choose a comfortable but dressy cardigan. Not only can this make a dress look more professional, it can also help keep you warm in a cold office. Your cardigan can be a neutral tone to wear with other pieces in your wardrobe or you can select a complementary color that makes you smile.

Blazer and Pencil Skirt

There will come a time when a suit will be the most important thing in your wardrobe. You may need one for important meeting or even job interviews in the future. You can buy a suit as an entire unit or you can select a blazer and skirt that coordinates to achieve the same effect. Make sure the blazer is fitted for your frame. Poorly fitted jackets will make you look sloppy and unprofessional. 

A blazer can certainly be worn with slacks, but for your most professional situations, a pencil skirt is an excellent choice. It can be the same color or a set of matching neutrals, whatever you find that fits your budget and your body.

Tailored Jeans and Sweater

Casual Fridays are not necessarily a thing of the past. Some companies are even engaging in a more casual workplace the other four days of the week. And the biggest rule when it comes to dressing casually in the office is to still maintain a professional look.

Picking out denim for the workplace means finding something that fits well and maintains the dress code. While torn jeans are in fashion once again, avoid them in the office. You may also want to choose a darker denim, which is viewed as more professional.

Denim looks great with a sweater, and that gives you freedom to select anything that suits you and you love to wear. Make sure it isn’t a boxy fit and not too hot for your office.

A Bold Pop of Color

While all of these items can be mixed together to create a new look, keeping things completely neutral can be just as frustrating as having too many non-matching pieces to choose from. Spice up your wardrobe with a pop of color. It could be a sweater, cardigan, or a decorative scarf. You could choose a bold accessory piece or one skirt in your favorite tone.

The Pantone colors of the year are announced each season, and for the spring of 2019, there are several bold choices that will be in fashion.

·         Fiesta: a spicy and warm reddish-orange

·         Jester Red: a deeper jewel tone

·         Turmeric: a golden orange

·         Living Coral: a lighter peachy-orange with gold undertones

 

As you can see, oranges and reds are going to be the hot colors next year. But if you don’t like orange, don’t worry about it. The best part about choosing colors in your wardrobe is to select a shade that you love and dress for success.

Additional Tips

Here are few extra tips to help you build a great wardrobe on a budget.

·         Stick with a base color palate whether it’s black or brown.

·         Have versatile shoes that can be paired with different outfits, including heels, flats, and boots.

·         Consider mixing and matching:

·         Striped slacks and the sweater

·         Blazer with the jeans

·         The blouse and pencil skirt

Knowing that your clothes make the right statement without spending massive amounts of money will give you peace of mind and the confidence you need to succeed at work.

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