What to Wear to the Office?

What to Wear to the Office?

3 Wardrobe Staples for Work

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Summer provides a tricky time to dress because when it’s hot outside, it can be over air-conditioned inside. While you’re excited to wear summer dresses, they’re not always office appropriate. And, even if you’re eager to show off your pedicure, open-toed shoes might be a no go by your work environment’s human resources. But even if office dress codes have you a little restricted, it doesn’t mean that you have your sense of style has to suffer.

The first thing to do is check your dress code at work. If you are having hesitation about whether you should wear something, err on the side of caution and save it for the weekend. All you have to do is be creative with your closet to take on a more professional look. Jackets and tights are some of my favorite office staples, but in the hotter months these stay in the closet. So, what should you wear to work?

A wrap dress. A wrap dress is comfortable, cool , and can be worn with or without a cardigan or light blazer. To change up the look, add accessories: a headband, dangly earrings or a solid, wear-with-everything watch can make your outfit look more polished. Make sure to keep the dress an appropriate length and then wear with a chunky heel or trendy flat.

Skinny jeans or loose-fit pants. Depending on how laid back your office dress code is, pair a colorful sleeveless shirt or a lace button-down shirt with a pair of skinny jeans and pumps or looser fit dress pants and stilettos. It’s all about balance when you pick a work outfit. You don’t want anything too tight, too short, or too high - when talking about pants, skirts or heels that is.

Camel-colored pumps. Every woman should have a neutral-toned pair of heels in their closet for when they need to “tone down” an outfit. I have a lot of printed dresses and pencil skirts that might be a little over the top if paired with my night-on-the-town stilettos or weekend wedges, but the camel-colored pump keeps an outfit subdued and business appropriate.

Three fashion staples for work to get you started - how would you incorporate these into your own wardrobe?

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Great picks! I have so many trouser pants from my "office" days :) I loved pairing them with collared shirts. Love the menswear look! This comment has been removed.
Thanks for this article. It's true, it's quite a conundrum to know what to wear when it's 100 plus outside, but teeth chattering cold in doors. This comment has been removed.
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