I get that not all work environments are the same. And I really get that not all work hours are 9 to 5. What I don’t get is why it can be so hard for some people to lighten up and enjoy a bit of fashion when they are at work.
Are you afraid you won’t be taken seriously if you wear that floral print dress? Or is everyone going to snicker behind your back if you have on a pair of leopard print shoes? Will the world stop spinning if you sink your teeth into the clashing prints trend? Will your colleagues think you got dressed in the dark if you colour block neon?
Honestly, who cares?! And if they do, does it really matter as long as you are enjoying the work you are doing and loving the clothing you are doing it in! Of course keeping all the important bits covered is a given. Finding joy in what you are wearing does not mean it is okay to “share the love” with the general populace or unsuspecting colleagues!
Okay, that all sounds very brave on my part. The least I can do to help you on this journey to unbutton the button-down is find you some great inspiration.
Let’s start with that floral print dress – I happen to love this dress and can see no reason why this couldn’t be worn to work. The length is perfect for the office, there is NO cleavage showing and with the addition of the tights and boots it’s a great option for those cooler days. One other nice thing about this look…if you don’t have time to change clothes before going out to dinner, all you need to do is take off the tights, change to a nice pair of heels and add a bit of bling and you are good to go!
The Summer Suit – This is a great suit”ish” option for the summer. It’s a little casual but still sharp enough to wear to work. Clashing prints – mixing the stripes in the vest, the floral of the shirt and the plaid of the pants works because everything is in the same tone. Soft neutrals keep this looking polished and sophisticated. Here are three pieces that are really suited for each other! (Sorry, couldn’t pass that one up!)
The Almost a Suit – While we are looking at three pieces that are suited…I adore this look with the plaid pants, bow silk top and the burnt orange cardigan! This outfit is screaming out my name and is the type of look that I completely gravitate to for work. Gorgeous tailored trousers, a lovely feminine top (the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine is divine), topped off by the cardigan. The simple cardigan has become one of my top 5 must have items for office attire. Not only does it help pull together an outfit but it can finish it off in a professional manner and keep you warm when you spend most of the day in an air-conditioned office building. Of course the big bag is a must for any working woman. It carries important papers you were working on at home, lunch and an umbrella should the weather let loose.
Another of my top 5 must haves – The DVF Wrap Dress – seriously, is there a woman this dress type doesn’t look good on? And we all know that Diane Von Furstenberg makes the best of its type. Simple, classic and elegant, yet a perfect way to add a bit of colour or a fantastic print. My recommendation – keep the shoes simple and neutral, jewelry classic (watch, fine gold bangle, simple earrings). Again this is a look that can make a quick change for having drinks with friends after work. All you need to do is amp up the jewelry, more bangles, statement necklace and change the neutral heels for something higher and bolder.
Neons and Brights that work hard – These two are definitely vibrant, youthful and so appropriate for work! Again keep accessories and jewelry simple and neutral, allows the statement colours to grab your attention without overpowering the room.
And about those leopard print shoes – I don’t think my colleagues were snickering behind my back. In fact whenever I wear these little lovelies to work I get tons of compliments!
You can see from my outfit that I have embraced colour (wearing the tangerine tango dress), pulled the look together with a cardigan (a dark brown with orange flecks that is worn because it can get pretty cool in the hospital), kept my jewelry simple (orange wrap watch, my favourite purple jade bangle, black pearl earrings), went neutral with the handbag (again a favourite), finished off with the leopard print Diana Ferrari kitten heels (appropriate for being on your feet all day).
I’d love to know what you all think about these looks and if they are appropriate for work. I like having the chance to express my individuality at work via my wardrobe. Hopefully, within the constraints of good taste and professionalism! Naturally!
- How To Wear The Floral Trend To Work Without Looking Like A Flower Child (shefinds.com)
- How to Wear Next Season’s Bold Prints, Right Now (fabsugar.com)
- 10 Crosby Fall 2012 (fabsugar.com)
- Fabulous Florals (gliks.com)
- I’m Stickin’ With It (notquiteold.wordpress.com)