by Judy Rollinson
Need some tips and tricks for building an office wear wardrobe? Looking great for work without the drama and fuss can be easy when you know what to wear. If you plan properly you can assemble a business wardrobe that is appropriate for all situations - and at short notice - any day of the week. But where do we start?
Power Suit
A quality classic, two-piece suit in a neutral colour can literally take you anywhere you want to go. With the emphasis on simplicity and elegance, you can wear it to job interviews, business meetings, conferences, to conduct a presentation or speak in front of a group. It adds credibility whenever you need it and shows you are consistent, organised and professional.
If you opt for a suit on most days you can't really go wrong, but make sure it fits your body well and is not outdated. For variety in what to wear try adding a great shirt, fine knit vest, rich silk scarf, a trendy blazer, or 3/4 length sleeve jacket in a contrasting colour to modernise your older suit skirts and trousers. They'll still add credibility while also giving you a chic, of-the-moment vibe. And, of course, your outfit would never be complete without some killer heels that ooze power and a savvy sense of style.
A crisp shirtdress can be business appropriate in an instant. Accessorise according to your office dress code. If you need something more formal try hosiery and classic heels but if casual is the go you can express your individual style with a wide belt, matching tights and some stunning knee-high boots.
The Wrap Dress
The wrap dress is an easy what to wear option with a sophisticated style that is elegant and also flattering for most figures. The diagonal line visually slims and lengthens the torso, making our plus size girls look slimmer, big-busted girls look less chesty, and petite girls look taller. Probably the only figure it doesn't look right on is the tall, slender, small-busted model-types as it makes them look taller, thinner, and really flat chested.
The Jacket
Appropriate for business casual office wear, a classic crop, tailored boyfriend or safari jacket can complement an outfit. Pair it with either a pencil skirt or flat front trousers to give you credibility in a chic yet casual way. Opt for a classic look or reveal your unique sense of style with trendy details and interesting jacket features.
Twin Set or Cardigan
While it may seem old fashioned, wearing a simple knit shell top with a matching cardi has been popular since the 1930's because it looks great and is really easy to wear. Pair it with a straight or pencil skirt or smart trousers for polished business casual attire. Add your signature style and look chic at any age with interesting accessories
Julie Rollinson is the director of DRAB2FAB, an image consultancy specialising in personal style management in what to wear. Asserting a creative bent and innate sense of colour and style, Julie is obsessive about helping people feel great about themselves.