Entering the corporate world for the first time can be both an exciting and frightening experience. From light hearted gossip over the coffee machine, to high profile meetings in the board room, you’ll probably want to look your absolute best.
The key to putting together a great outfit for the office is to embrace well fitting, structured items such as suit jackets and pencil skirts and pair them with softer pieces such as chiffon or silk blouses to create a clean and sophisticated look.
A good starting point for your work wardrobe is to invest in a few quality suit pieces. Even if you don’t need to wear a full suit to work on a daily basis, it is always useful to be able to rely on a good jacket to throw on over a less formal shift dress, or a tailored-look skirt to polish off a cardigan or blouse. Suits come in a variety of fabrics – wool and linen are classic go-to options, while ponte is ultra soft, and can be very slimming if you choose a well fitting piece.
A pencil skirt is very chic and would look great with either a suit jacket or dressed down with a delicate cardigan.
Blouses are an essential element of any modern work wardrobe. There are some really gorgeous blouses suitable for the workplace out this season, so why not venture beyond the conventional collared white or pale blue number?
A great ruffled blouse can add a little zing to your look, while small, intricate prints can allow you to unleash a hint of personality without loosing that professional, subdued feel.
Work dresses and pinafores
Structured dresses are becoming increasingly popular in many offices, and can often replace a suit. Look for a good, firm fabric to ensure that the dress skims your figure without clinging, and don’t forget to consider the length of your hemline – while there is always room for fashion in the workplace, you probably want to maintain a touch of modesty.
Pencil cut dresses look ultra-chic, or alternatively you could try out some peplum detailing – a retro trend which has unearthed itself this season.
With these ideas in mind, you’re ready to step into the office in style!