When I first started working in a corporate environment, I feared I wouldn’t be able to express my style or wear fashionable attire. Luckily, over the years I figured out a formula that has worked well for me and cultivated a workwear appropriate wardrobe. Thus, this post is for my #girlbosses out there who may need a little style inspo when it comes to the office place.
The key is to find pieces that are transitionable from everyday life to work and vice versa, while keeping your personal style in mind. Some of my favorite staple elements I suggest are palazzo pants (see my entire post dedicated to them here), statement blazers, strappy wedges or chunky heels, patterned slacks, blouses that are easy to tuck in, and classic, yet chic dresses.
In today’s world, edgier, more casual attire is becoming widely accepted at many jobs. This makes it a lot easier to create outfits that feel more authentic to my style, and I like to find pieces that are different enough to stand out, but are still within the guidelines of “workwear”. You really don’t have to sacrifice fashion for the fax machine.
If your work environment is more traditional, my advice is to try to branch out from the basic blazer and slack combo. Mix it up with some bright colored blazers, like this hot pink one I found at Forever 21, or pair a neutral-colored one with a patterned (appropriate-length) dress. I also can’t say enough about H&M’s slacks – they are slim-fit, patterned, and are tailored nicely to actually give your body some shape. The navy blue slacks below are my go-to for when I need to button up a bit. H&M also has some amazing silky, structured pants that can be paired with a wide array of tops to create a polished look.
Good luck my fellow hard working fashionistas – you can do it!