Conservative office dress codes can stifle fashion creativity, but there are plenty of ways to add a personality to your work wardrobe and still impress the boss. In fact, fashion is becoming more and more prized in the workplace. A perfectly pulled together outfit, which blends classic styles with fashionable touches, shows that you are confident, organized and professional. So, take these tips, head to your favorite online consignment shops and spend a bit of that paycheck.
Add color: When you think of work wear, you probably think of dark suits, white button-up shirts and neutral shoes. Undoubtedly, those things will always have a spot in your work wardrobe. But, a bit of color can wake everything up. Try switching out that white top for a bold color or pretty print under your blazer or cardigan. Don’t toss your black pumps just yet, but shoes are another great place to add color. However, choose your colors carefully. They should compliment your skin tone and send the right message. Deep jewel tones, like purple and emerald, are confident and friendly while red and navy are powerful.
Get a great bag: One of the easiest ways to amp up a professional wardrobe is a designer handbag. For the best mix of professionalism and fashion, look for a structured bag in either a bold color or a classic logo pattern from designers such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci or Coach. Nothing looks more clumsy than hauling in multiple bags and stacks of paper, so search designer consignment shops for a tote or shoulder bag large enough to tuck it all into. The best news is that, like your 401K or IRA, a designer handbag is an investment that will be with you for years.
Add an accessory: Who doesn’t love a statement necklace, or colorful cuff? Adding a fun accessory is a great way to toss in some personality into a neutral outfit. Go with something colorful, or even something sparkly. But, don’t get crazy. This isn’t to time to pile on a big necklace, an oversized cocktail ring and a stack of bangles. Keep it classy by sticking to one statement accessory at the office.
Go wild: For a little pattern play, add in an animal print. Leopard, cheetah and snakeskin prints typically look more confident and classic than florals or abstract designs. However, this is a case where less is more, so animal print pants or a dress might be a little much. Instead, try a top in a chiffon or satin fabric under a blazer or cardigan. Or, pair an animal print pencil skirt with a black top and shoes. For an even more scaled down version, try a scarf or pair of shoes.