I have always found getting dressed for work just a little bit difficult. When I was in school it was easy because we had a school uniform policy and even back in the day when I was working at Menkind I had to stick to black jeans and their classic bright blue tee but now that I work in an office role I can find it difficult to portray my own personal style.
Although some businesses still prefer the classic suit to give off the professional working woman vibe most have relaxed their work wardrobes. Scaling back from power dressing suits and monochrome colours, our lives have become busier and we need a wardrobe that can do it all – taking us from the office to drinks with the girls on a Thursday evening effortlessly.
With greater freedom than ever before, how do you nail the perfect professional yet stylish look whilst still sharing your own personal style? Dresses retailer QUIZ is on hand to offer their expert advice.
Dresses are so versatile and are a key part to my wardrobe. They are so easy to dress up or down depending on your style. A midi dress is a go-to style if you are still working with a formal dress code. I tend to stay away from lace, bold prints or bright colours as they can make you look like you’re dressed for a night out. Plain styles and subtle prints are an option for a versatile look throughout the year.
If your dress code is a little more casual, you could opt for a jumper dress. They work well through Autumn and Winter paired with tights and heeled ankle boots for a cosy vibe. Shirt dresses are another great choice as the collar will naturally make them feel smarter. I usually pair that style with a belt and some flat shoes.
Trousers are go to option for me especially when I want to feel a little bit more comfortable and put together. I believe that trousers these days make you look effortlessly chic. Tapered trousers hug your figure and subtly show off your body shape. They will look great with smart flats or heals. I tend to wear my flats daily and then switch them for heels for an all important meeting or if I am going out after work.
Culottes and frill hem trousers can be worn to the office when the warmer weather makes a return. Again, I usually go for plain colours or classic checks and stripes. For a more casual look, I wear my trousers with a loose-fitting tee and slouchy cardigan or a plain jumper. Loosely tuck the hem of your top into the trousers at the front to play around with the style and fit. For a more formal look, I swap the t-shirt for a smart blouse or an embroidered shirt.
Shoes are tricky to get right but my go-to office footwear are flats, boots and heels. In an ideal world I would love to flaunt around in the latest pair of trainers but it just doesn’t look professional. Flats for me have always been my most popular choice thanks to their comfort and versatility. Loafers are very much in trend at the moment. Smart yet stylish, they’re the perfect work shoe that can be worn with trousers, dresses and skirts. You’ll often find me in a pair of black loafers.
As soon as the colder weather appears, boots are a fantastic option. Over the knee teamed with a jumper dress is the perfect Winter look for A/W1718. If you are brave enough, heeled boots are also a great option to give you a bit of height.
Heels. I’ve never mastered them but maybe you might have better luck. Leave the sky-scraping ones at home but other than that you have many options: kitten heels, mid-heeled, closed-toe, strappy sandals – the list could go on. These are perfect day to night office choices as well.
What’s your favourite look for the office?
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*This post was in collaboration with QUIZ Clothing, however, this does not affect my views and opinions written within this post.