Hopefully you’ve already checked out the first two parts of this “What to Wear to Work” series! Part 1 was all about why what you wear to work is important and Part 2 was all about examples of appropriate dresses, skirts and tops. Today we’re going to tackle pants, blazers and cardigans,and shoes.
** Just a note, this is geared primarily to those who work in a corporate office environment. Obviously all work places are different and have different atmospheres and dress codes. Use your common sense and if you don’t have any, use these posts as a guide! **
Pants should not be:
- too tight
- too short (no capris)
- too long (get them altered!)
- ill-fitting (baggy does not equal professional and put-together)
Find the style of pants that fit you best, whether it’s a trouser cut or more of a straight leg and stick to them! In fact, if you find the perfect fitting pair of pants (and if they’re close you can make them perfect by getting them altered), get a couple of pairs (or more)!
5. Blazers and Cardigans
Nothing says business professional like a good blazer! And by good blazer I mean, well fitted and flattering, not an 80s style one with giant shoulder pads. (Shoulder pads are acceptable, and even encouraged, if they are subtle!) Look for 1 or 2 buttons (find the right one for you) and make sure it hits you in the right spot, i.e., not too long or too short). Blazers are also perfect for Casual Friday!
The same goes for cardigans, they’re great for layering and especially needed in offices where the temperature is set to frigid or near-frostbite, which it seems most offices are. It’s never a bad idea to leave a neutral cardigan on your office chair for days it’s needed!
6. Shoes and Accessories
You’re not finished yet! You can have the perfect outfit on but the wrong shoes and bag can completely discount it all! Ladies, I know switching purses out can be a hassle. However, it makes a big difference! Getting in the elevator with the CEO looking polished head to toe minus your awful ultra casual “weekend” bag is, well, sloppy. And sloppy doesn’t get you promoted! Taking the time to grab your essentials and toss them in a coordinating bag (neutral leathers are always a safe bet) is well worth it!
The same with shoes:
No wedges, platforms, ultra high or sneakers (unless they’re OK’d by HR). You’re safe with a pair of neutral flats or pumps, just make sure you can walk in them! A few “comfort” brands that still look cute when you’re on your feet all day:
- Cole Haan
Next week I’ll give you some “example outfits” that will hopefully inspire you in your quest for stylish (and appropriate) work-wear!