Dressing for work and looking professional doesn't mean wearing clothes that say nothing about you. Personal style comes from within. It's when your individuality and spirit come through and you use clothes to express who you are and how you feel.
If you're working in a professional environment, interacting with clients or starting out on your own, a sharp work wardrobe helps give you confidence and immediately makes a statement about you. Looking the part is always a good idea, but it can be a challenge to know exactly what to buy especially if you are used to defaulting to your work wear 'uniform' or if you're used to shopping mainly for casual or off-duty clothes.
Sometimes its good to step out of your comfort zone (just as you need to when looking to progress your career or you are starting out on your own in business) and choosing what you wear to look and feel the part is no different. Here's a list of six essential pieces that will help you create a great professional wardrobe that will help you up your game.
A sharp tailored jacket can really pull a business outfit together. It needs to be well fitted and comfortable, but you don't need to stick to plain black. This is the opportunity to show case your unique sense of style by choosing to go with a statement piece like the Manuka or Sky Jacket, which have a splash of colour to brighten up your work look (and mood!). And no need to limit the look to the office. A sharp tailored jacket with statement print or trims is equally perfect for that client do or after work drinks with friends.
No working wardrobe is complete without the perfect pair of trousers and they don't need to be plain. Choose a pair that have a clean and simple lines with a slimming effect like the Heather trousers, and don't be afraid of rich fabrics like velvet, they add a luxurious twist to your work look.
A high quality plain white shirt is a must. Choose a style that flatters your shape, and avoid synthetic fabrics if possible. A quality cotton or silk shirt will keep you cool and comfortable all day long, and can be paired with anything.
An elegant blouse can be a fantastic focal point for your business outfit, and gives you a chance to showcase your individual style in the workplace. A statement piece like the Angelica blouse adds texture and detail to a regular work look, while still creating a professional image.
A sophisticated dress that fits well is an easy and versatile wardrobe piece that gives you an all-in-one outfit for busy days. The Orchid gilet is a combination of a dress and a fitted jacket; it goes one step further than your regular business dress, creating an elegant, fitted top layer that can be work over trousers or a skirt - whatever look you opt for it will give you that new, polished look that says 'I mean business'.
The pencil skirt has long been a staple for women's work wear. Its timeless, elegant and versatile; make sure you choose a quality skirt that allows plenty of movement and is made from breathable fabric. The Melissa skirt is a pencil skirt with a difference: fitted to perfection and featuring unique pleat details, it can be paired with a simple top or a statement blouse, depending on your mood.
Work clothes don't have to be dull. In fact, if you choose pieces that you personally like and enjoy wearing, you'll naturally convey that you're comfortable and confident in a work situation - after all, your personal style is another way of expressing you who are!
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