When I was back in school, I hated wearing a uniform and longed for the days when I could choose what I wanted to wear to work everyday. While wearing my own clothes is nicer than having to put on a uniform, when I’m running late for work because I can’t decide what to wear, I kinda wish I was back in the uniform days!
It depends on your individual office’s dress code, but you will usually
want to look smart (perhaps not too smart), whilst feeling comfortable and looking
fashionable. It’s no wonder choosing a work outfit while half asleep in the
morning is so hard!
This problem isn’t just restricted to one sex; both men and women
will often find it difficult to fulfil the criteria of their dress code, whilst trying
to avoid falling into the trap of wearing the same thing everyday. It’s all about having a good selection of key pieces in your working wardrobe that coordinate well with one another so that you can pull them out and create different outfits that you enjoy wearing.
So here are some workwear must-haves for both him and her, to
ensure you look the business, whilst working those key seasonal trends into
your work clothes.
Workwear for her
The ‘70s is bang on trend this season and with its elements of
power dressing, what better trend to incorporate into your working wardrobe? Suede is also a must-have; think A-line skirts and classic
boot-cut trousers with a softer touch.
You can also work the ‘70s look into your footwear, by ditching
those killer heels and opting for a pair of strappy towering platforms instead.
Ditch the traditional white shirt and instead stay on trend with a
shirtdress – which will make you feel both smart and chic. Team it with a sleeveless
jacket, to ensure you look the height of fashion! This style of jacket works
well over a variety of outfits and is sure to instantly smarten up any
If you prefer a more traditional blazer, bring it up-to-date by
adding some length to it. Use it to brighten up your work wardrobe, by ditching
the greys and blacks and opting for bolder colours, such as pillar-box red and
statement textures and prints.
Another look that is topping the style stakes this season is
co-ords, which consist of a suit with a modern twist. This is a look you can
easily adopt for work, and can even be mixed and matched across midi skirts,
trousers and tops.
Workwear for him
Men, your options are slightly more limited than women’s when it
comes to workwear, but this doesn’t make the decision of what to wear any
easier. In fact, it probably makes it much harder.
Workwear used to be simple for men; if you worked in an office,
you wore a grey or navy suit. But not any more! Now, there are requirements to
ensure your suit fits in with the fashion regulations.
However, this does make dressing for work much more fun each day because
a suit doesn’t need to be boring. In fact, it can be as bold as you want (if your company allows it, of course!) You can also liven up the
office by adding a touch of colour and personality through a brightly coloured
or patterned tie.
A sharp suit won’t only make you feel powerful, but will also
ensure you look irresistible, and you can even give new life to an older suit
by adding one of these Dobell waistcoats. It’s a simple way to enhance your style!
That being said, your workwear doesn’t have to be limited to a
suit. A recent survey found 34% of professionals actually only wear one for big meetings, conferences or other
special occasions. Therefore a smart pair of jeans or chinos with a shirt will maximise
comfort but still look professional (and stylish) enough for work.
Getting dressed in the morning is about
to become so much easier!
What do you like to wear for work?
*written in collaboration with Dobell. All opinions, as always, are honest and my own.
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