Let’s face it, getting to work in the morning is half the battle. Between hitting the snooze button, early morning workouts and long-podcast-listening commutes, you barely have time to grab a healthy breakfast let alone dress in something that’s both work-appropriate and fashionable. Resist the urge to wear whatever is easiest when it comes to planning your work wardrobe. Impressions are everything in the workforce, and yours should be ready at all times. Read on for seven easy ways you can stand out from your coworkers and be the most fashionable professional in your workplace.
1. Have Fun with Patterns
Your basic white button-down with black pantsuit is just that – basic. Put a spin on the classic “work uniform” this season and enjoy mixing some patterns into your weekly wardrobe. A leopard print dress beneath a stylish black blazer and heels is a killer look for any staff meeting. Or breathe some life into your windowless cubicle with a vibrantly patterned blouse and pencil skirt. Even something as simple as an amazing pair of animal print mules can add some flair to any everyday workplace attire. Bottom line is that the classic white button down/pantsuit/muted heels is fine for work but go above and beyond with some stylish patterns.
Not everything in the workplace is black and white – but gray isn’t much fun either when it comes to your wardrobe. If your closet is looking a little on the drab side, use accessories to add some much-needed color to your everyday look. A stunning pair of statement earrings or a long, colorful pendant can be precisely what you need to brighten up your dull and dreary office space.
A silk neck scarf is another unique and often unexpected way to add a pop of color and personality to a classic corporate look. Not sure you have the confidence to pull off a neck scarf? Tie it in your hair instead for an effortless yet professional look. If you’re really in a hurry, just grab a chic handbag or tote out of your closet for a quick and fashionable addition to your wardrobe. A stylish handbag or tote can accentuate any outfit – not to mention carry absolutely necessary things you need to get you through a tiring workday.
3. Love the Layers
Why is it that no matter the season, the office always seems to be stuck in winter? Air conditioners in offices seem to only run at two temperatures: cold and colder. So, unless you plan on using a heated blanket or parka, we strongly urge you to layer your professional attire. Shift dresses or button-down dresses offer an excellent foundation for a layered look. Their loose-fitting style pairs perfectly with stylish tights and boots for colder months or allows for breezy bare legs and strappy sandals in warmer months. They also look great beneath a blazer, long cardigan or even something as simple as a denim jacket. If you’re looking to stay warm yet stylish, layering is the way to go.
4. Have One Statement Piece
Save yourself some valuable minutes in the morning and invest in a few statement pieces you can plan your daily attire around. For example, a black shift dress looks good on its own, but it looks even better cinched at the waist with a snake print belt. A pair of cheetah print pumps can do wonders for a basic pantsuit, and even the right statement necklace can add some eye-opening sparkle to a subtle pencil skirt and sweater look. Just don’t oversaturate your look with too many statement pieces worn at once. When in doubt, keep it simple and we promise that the impression you give off will be anything but.
5. Keep It On The Down Low
Just because you have a fancy office job in some impressive building doesn’t mean you have to kill your feet (or your back) by wearing high heels all day, every day. If heels really aren’t your thing – or you simply need a break from pretending like they are – invest in some comfortable flats that you can walk tall all day long. With so many cute and classy flats to choose from – whether printed mules or studded slip-on – we’re sure you can find a shoe that will keep you in style without sacrificing your comfort.
6. Redefine Casual Friday
No doubt everyone looks forward to casual Fridays, but sometimes it can be confusing about what’s actually still considered “work appropriate.” Set the casual bar to a whole new level this Friday with a pair of faux leather leggings tying your look together. Leather leggings look great paired with a flowy white tunic and jacket or worn under a sweater dress with suede booties. Add a pendant necklace and some cool shades and your outfit is ready for the workplace and all the activities afterword.
7. Make It Up
Sometimes all you need to add a little something to an otherwise great look is confidence – and make-up. Try giving your classic office look a fresh face with a bold red lipstick or some soft eyeshadow. If you want to lay off the heavy makeup, try some polished hairstyles to complete your office look. Whatever the occasion, sometimes you need to put on a bold face to make a great and lasting impression.
We know what it’s like to get so wrapped up in work that you forget how to be yourself. That’s exactly why you should hold on to your own personal style in the workplace. Whether you have an important meeting or just a regular day at the desk, you’ll always benefit from looking and feeling your best on the job. So go ahead and try a few of these stylish tips on for size – then get to work and conquer whatever the day may bring!