Dressing to Impress: The Secret of a Woman’s Work Wardrobe
Most of us spend the majority of our time at work and, therefore, it is our work wardrobe which gets the biggest airing. Finding suitable garments and items to make a good impression is therefore a priority for most women – so what items make up the perfect work wardrobe? How much time should we put into choosing it?
The type of work outfit which can be worn is heavily dependent on the job which you are doing. However, certain items are universally accepted by the world of work fashion and can often be adapted into casual items as well.
The most traditional forms of work attire, smart work outfits can be created through the combination of a number of different items. Creating this look relies on a number of staple items, such as fitted blouses, pencil skirts and pin-striped trousers. All of these items can help to create a professional yet stylish outfit, perfect for a smart work look.
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When choosing these items, women should always go for a combination of muted shades as opposed to bright colours (although these can be added through accessories to personalise the outfit). Pin-striped trousers should have a delicate, rather than a bold, design and colours such as navy blue and grey will provide a professional appearance that offers a more colourful alternative to black.
Shoes should be chosen to match the outfit and should feature a closed toe and small heel. A large range of these can be found from numerous retailers, with the range of NEXT women's shoes offering a vast selection.
Not all offices or places of work will insist on formality, and therefore the smart-casual look will often be embraced. To create this look, women simply need to combine items from both styles. One of the most common ways to do this is by pairing smart trousers with decorative tops, or smart blazers with a pair of jeans. When creating a smart-casual look, women should avoid jeans with decorative elements or patterns and stick with plain, simple designs. Darker shades of blue, grey and black look best in this type of outfit.
Finally, some workplaces will allow "casual wear" to be embraced – even if only on "dress down Fridays". Women should make sure that their casual work look is still professional and this can be done in a number of ways. Investing in a good pair of smart jeans is the first step, and a large range of these are available from NEXT. These jeans will be stylish yet casual, and can be combined with a number of different items to create unique looks. Plain, V-neck or rounded t-shirts are always a good option and will look casual whilst remaining professional.
Accessories will play a major role in the development of this outfit and should be chosen carefully. Flat, ballerina shoes are a good, comfortable and casual accompaniment and brightly coloured jewellery can help to really personalise the look.