The office demands a certain style and presence that is more professional, prim and proper. But contrary to popular belief, there is still wiggle room to be fashionable. While workplace attire differs from workplace to workplace, there is a general idea of office and professional fashion that blankets the working world. When it comes to office wear, neutrals tend to take center stage. Whether you’re shopping for suits, pants, skirts, or blouses, they tend to feature navy blue, beige, black, and white, sometimes with red mixed in. While these are all staple colors, they are not your only option. While all of these colors are associated with the professional world, they can be worn with contrasting colors or prints. A silky printed scarf, say a leopard print chiffon scarf, is a great accessory for the workplace. It can be worn in a knot at the neck or even draped over the shoulders to add some style while still looking sophisticated. You can also choose a shoe in a similar fashion. A conservative shoe in an eye-catching color or pattern will add that necessary oomph to an otherwise ordinary outfit.
When it comes to jewelry, choosing pieces that are elegant but still stand out are great. A bold statement necklace in a bright color adds dimension and color to a neutral blouse. Not to mention, it can be worn after work hours and blend your day and evening looks seamlessly. Remember, keep it to a minimum. If you’re wearing a statement piece, stick to that one piece. And if you’re going with a set, still stay away from adding too much bling to your ensemble. And when it comes to bags, try to stay away from formless, slouchy handbags or crossbodies. Go with the firm office flow and go with a leather handbag or hardcase clutch. You can even play around with color and style when it comes to bags as well, just make sure that it’s not too loud or distracting, but still fun and able to transition from the workplace to a night out on the town.
When it comes to dressing for the office, it’s best to remain on the conservative side. Feel free to accessorize and play with color and prints, but keep it minimal. That way you stay looking professional and you let the fashion speak for itself. The same goes for dressing outside of work as well, but there is a certain level of decorum that is expected to be upheld. Check out Chicastic for great office appropriate fashion accessories.