I’m an avid believer of dressing for success. Before I had completed high school, I had already worked at multiple part time office jobs, and for a long time, I had the mentality that you should dress where and who you wanted to be, and I wanted to be taken seriously at work. If people were going to talk about me at work, I wanted it to be positive – my attitude, my drive, my willingness to learn, great work ethic or even my office style. I admit that I didn’t always “get it” when it came to dressing appropriately at work, but with age, i’ve definitely gotten smarter about it, and I wanted to share my 3 tips on how to add a little fun and inject more personality in a work outfit without crossing the professional boundaries.
Add a Stylish and Fun Accessory
When you’re at work, you’re hardly carrying around your bag. If you live in a cold city and take transit to work, you’ve probably worn sneakers or unflattering boots to trudge through the downpour at some point, and then change into those really nice shoes that bring back that classic touch. Here, I am wearing a ruffle bucket bag that I’d add to an outfit at night. Not everyone drives to work and can swap out their bag, so I’ve included other really beautiful and classic fun ones you can wear. I’ve added some great selections below.
Bag available here.
Elevating a Classic Piece
Embellishments and embroideries are all very trendy right now, but not always the most practical for work. If you’ve seen my posts, you know I have had an obsession with pearls for a really long time, and I’ve started showing more and more of those pearl embellishments since last October. Here, I’ve worn a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers with pearl on the side. These touches are really elegant and work appropriate when they’re on a really classic cut. Ask yourself if you would wear this silhouette without the embellishments to work, and if you would, those bits of details can really elevate your outfit. Just don’t wear embellishments on your multiple pieces at once; street style isn’t meant for the office unless you work in fashion.
Incorporate Trends in a Practical Way
When you think of a safe and classic work outfit, we often think of a suit, or dress shirt and slacks – maybe even a white blouse and a pencil skirt, am I right? Take a classic silhouette and elevate the look by incorporating a trend in small dosage, ensuring it looks streamlined.
You have all seem my embroidered lace up heels I’ve worn here. They’d be great with a tailored jacket and skirt or slacks.
Here, I’ve paired a white shirt with full sleeves, which still allows you to move around fluidly and not get in the way of your work. It’s not overworked and has some slight eyelet and sleeve detail. I’ve linked various options for tops perfect at the office at all price points below.
Remember, wear what you truly love. You can dress comfortably without sacrificing your personality or style! I hope you enjoyed this post. If you like this outfit, shop the look at the links listed above.
Photo credit to my one and only, Rise Again BJJ.