How To Dress For The Office

If there’s one thing that I find most difficult, it’s dressing for work especially now when I am working in retail. However, when it comes to an office role I found it rather interesting and I found a couple of ways that I could portray my own personal style in an office environment.

Over the years, professionals have relaxed their work wardrobes, scaling back from power dressing suits and monochrome colours. As our lives have become busier, we now need a wardrobe that can do it all — taking us from the office to drinks with the girls effortlessly.

With greater freedom than ever before, how do you nail the perfect professional yet stylish look? Dresses retailer QUIZ is on hand to offer their expert advice.

Dress*  (similar here) – Lotd.com | Boots (similar here) – New Look | Watch – Primark | Bag – Sainsbury’s

The Dress because they are so versatile, dresses are a key part of any working woman’s wardrobe. Dress them up or down for guaranteed style.

Still working with a formal dress code? A midi dress is your go-to style. Stay away from lace, bold prints or bright colours as they can make you look like you’re dressed for a night out instead of a day in the office! Stick to plain styles or subtle prints for versatile looks you can work throughout the year.

If your dress code allows, choose a casual dress. Jumper dresses will work well through autumn and winter when paired with tights and heeled ankle boots. Shirt dresses are another great choice, as their collar will naturally make them feel smarter.

Mustard Striped Top – New Look | Checked Trousers (similar here) – New Look | Bag – Sainsbury’s

Trousers are another option to go for. We might have moved on from the power suit, but that doesn’t mean we’ve ditched tailoring all together. Trousers are having a moment right now, so make sure you have a few great pairs in your wardrobe for those days when you need to look effortlessly chic.

For the chicest cut, choose tapered trousers. They’ll hug your figure and subtly show off your shape, and will look great with both smart flats and heels. Wear your flats day-to-day and switch them for heels for that all-important meeting. Trust us, your feet will thank us!

When the finer weather makes a return, culottes and frill hem trousers can all be worn to the office. Just like dresses, shy away from bolder prints and colours and stick to classic checks and stripes.  

You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to pairing with your trousers. For a more casual look, wear them with a loose-fitting plain t-shirt and slouchy cardigan or plain jumper. Loosely tuck the hem of your top into your trousers at the front. To create a formal look, swap the t-shirt for a smart blouse — an embroidered shirt would be the perfect choice for an on trend look.

Floral Print Shirt – New Look | Jeans – New Look | Coat – New Look | Bag – Sainsbury’s

Jeans, believe it or not, there is a place for our favourite denims in our workwear wardrobes. If your dress code is relaxed, slip on those jeans!

Of course, to maintain a professional look, stay clear from more eccentric styles like slashed jeans. Keep it classic with plain, rip-free denim. It’s wise to choose a darker wash to give a more formal vibe.

To keep it professional, pair your jeans with a smart-casual shirt or blouse and wear with formal flats and a chic blazer.

Always double check what the policy is on jeans to avoid making a major fashion faux pas come your first day!

Black Flats (similar here) – New Look | Floral Print Flats (similar here) – New Look

Flats, boots and heels are your three go-to shoe types for the office.

Flats have always been a popular choice, thanks to their comfort and versatility. Loafers are a huge trend at the moment, which is good news for all you professionals! Smart yet stylish, they’re the perfect work shoe that can be worn with trousers, dresses and jeans. You’ll definitely need black loafers, and it’s wise to invest in a nude pair too.

In the cold weather, boots are a fantastic option. Over knee boots teamed with a jumper dress and tights is an on trend look for winter 2017. Heeled boots are also a great option, as they’re both formal and versatile, although flat boots can also work.

Tricky to master but oh so good when you get it right is heels. You’ll need to choose a sensible heel, so leave the sky-scraping platforms at home for work. That doesn’t mean you have to wear kitten heels though; mid-heeled, closed-toe shoes are the perfect choice. Strappy sandals are your perfect day to night office choice – team with wide leg trousers for a chic daytime look.

Follow the above advice and let your new colleagues know about your style queen status!

What’s your favourite look for the office?

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