Working in an office comes with certain fashion restrictions and although you don’t necessarily have to wear a uniform, you still need to put together outfits that inspire professionalism. Fortunately, office fashion is no longer as bland and uninspired as it used to be, so the basics that you buy for work and also be incorporated into other fun outfits. Here are a few key clothing items that should belong in your office collection.
Office shirts are a must-have and you should have one for every day of the week. They are formal, so they’re work-appropriate, but you can also accessorize them to create a unique, feminine outfit. One of your first should be the classic, white one, but there are plenty of other designs that work just as well. Dusty pink, blue and navy are ideal for a stricter dress code, but if the dress code is more relaxed you can also buy striped or patterned shirts and blouses. An office shirt has a formal look, which means that you can wear it will less formal items, such as skinny jeans, and your outfit will still be appropriate.
Collars for blouses and dresses
Collars are a great way of giving your shirts a more formal look if you don’t want to invest in a complete office wardrobe. You can buy an embroidery Vivetta collar and simply attach it to any plain color top or dress and it will instantly look office-appropriate. The advantage of buying collars is that you can mix and match them and enjoy new ways of wearing the same clothes. They’re easy to put on and you can even experiment with cute patterns and prints!
A black pencil skirt is a must have if you work in an office and can be worn with many blouses and shirts. The pencil skirt should be knee-long and a split at the back is acceptable as long as it’s not too deep. When buying pencil skirts, make sure your chosen design is figure flattering. The skirt should be tight and hug your curves, but at the same it should offer you freedom to move. You’ll be spending eight hours or more at work, so it shouldn’t be so tight that you can’t breathe.
A neutral blazer
When put on, a black, blue or white blazer will instantly give you a formal look, even if you’re wearing jeans and a T-shirt. It’s one of the most versatile items of clothing that not only keeps you warm, but also adds an instant touch of sophistication. For work, blazers should always be bought in plain, neutral colors. Try out as many blazers as possible and choose one that fits you perfectly. The sleeves should not go lower that your wrists and the shoulder stitching should be exactly where the shoulders start. After you put on the blazer, you should either leave it unbuttoned or, if it has two buttons, button just the top one. If your blazer has three buttons, button just the one in the middle.