In fashion terms, the office can be a restrictive environment, we all feel obligated to dress a certain way and to ensure we maintain a conservative appearance to represent our professional attitude within the workplace. A certain level of appropriateness is needed when dressing for the workplace such as no low cut tops, thigh skimming skirts and looks that wouldn’t be out of place in a nightclub.
Being in the office is no excuse however to neglect your appearance and you can still be a true fashionista whilst adhering to the company principles. From everything down to the perfect underwear from Burlesque Dolls to the classiest pencil dress, you can be the epitome of style whilst showcasing your professionalism.
AccessoriesBelts, bracelets, scarves, etc. are the perfect finishing touches to an outfit and can transform a look from being dull and drab to stylish and complete. Subtlety is the key to the best office look, yet you can still embrace accessories to suit the style you are attempting to achieve. Skinny belts can perfectly accompany the receptionist look of a pencil dress whilst geek glasses can support the androgynous look of form fitting trousers and a crisp shirt.
When it comes to deciding on shoes, practicality is essential. Long days in the office can be made more challenging if high, tight shoes are worn. No matter how pretty they may be, they need to be worn for the duration of the day. Platform heels, detailed ballet pumps, long boots and kitten heels are this seasons must haves and they are perfectly suited for work wear. Indulge in velvet and explore patent to add an edge to the shoe and your outfit.
The items that are most resemble work wear often make transitions to high fashion and this supports the need to incorporate fashion into the working day whilst creating the ability to do so. Silk shirts, pencil skirts, tailored trousers and the LBD (little black dress) have made regular features on the catwalk throughout the 2013/2014 season and are ideal items to be worn in the office environment.
Make UpAgain, the idea of less is more comes into play. Make up needs to be subtle, elegant and minimal to ensure you maintain the ideal office look and not end up looking ready for a night out. Either go for a nude lip with a slick of eyeliner for the smoky eye effect or have a bold lip with a pink or deep coloured lipstick with a soft, nude eye. Going for the natural look will not only mean you are appropriate for the office, but you will look and feel different when you are away from work.
Underwear is the secret treasure that we all love. It makes us feel sexy and stylish from the underneath of our outfits and although no one sees it (especially at the office) it is enough for us to know it is there to help us ooze confidence. Underwear can help outfits to look better and sit appropriately which ultimately improves the look. Stockings, suspenders, corsets can be well hidden underneath our clothes whilst creating a better look.