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Whether you’re fresh out of college and ready to start your new job or a seasoned workaholic, building a work wardrobe is always a daunting task. Findable shows how to build a basic office wardrobe that can turn to in any situation.
Suits and Blazers
The basic essential that every woman needs to invest in is the quintessential blazer (plus points for investing in a suit). A blazer can be paired with a skirt, dress trousers, a dress, or even a pair of jeans. Blazers come in different styles: single-breasted, double-breasted, with pockets, without pockets, two-button, three-button etc. Take your most honest girlfriend out on a shopping trip to find out which style suits your body type. Check out the blazers offered by Bombay High, Bebe and Allen Solly.
As mentioned earlier, blazers can be paired with trousers, skirts, and dresses. Trousers also come in a variety of styles. While current trends veers towards the slim-fit style, make sure that your trousers and skirts are not too tight or too loose. Allen Solly, Bombay High and Van Heusen provide some wallet-friendly styles.
If you want to dress up your blazer and bottoms look, you can go for something in an attention-grabbing colour or with an interesting detail, as shown below.
But what do you wear under your blazer? There are a whole variety of shirts and blouses you can find to suit your personal style and office atmosphere. If the dress code leans towards the conservative, you can try a buttoned up shirt like those sold by Bombay High and Allen Solly. You can also rejuvenate the average button up by looking for patterned and brightly coloured fabrics to add some pop to your outfit. If you’re willing to take more risks with your office dress code, you can try an interesting shape (such as Bebe’s asymmetrical tank top) or a flirty neckline à la French Connection and Elle.
Work dresses are a functional and stylish alternative to the suit. Worn either by itself or paired with a blazer or cardigan, a work dress can have your co-workers taking fashion notes from you! Bombay High, Allen Solly and Van Heusen offer your stereotypical pencil and shift dresses in navy, grey and black. But, here at Findable, we would like to point out a few fun alternatives. Take a page out of Alexander McQueen’s book and try a dress in a bold print (the one pictured below is called The Dragonfly) or show your more feminine side with Bebe’s Applique Lace Dress. Diane Von Furstenberg’s collection also offers some clean-cut silhouettes channeling the colour block trend.
Every outfit needs the perfect pair of shoes to tie it together. Office wear means that you cannot whip out your platforms or peep-toes to accompany that fabulous shift dress. Here are a few cute pumps that are classics.
Other Fashion Accessories
Finally, every power woman needs something a little more to help her ascent above the glass ceiling. Here are a few suggestions to add some zest to your day:
A belt: Belts help you accentuate your curves and make a boring dress seem livelier. The Chic Formal Belt by Van Heusen is really one for all seasons.
A watch: Forgo that bracelet and wear a watch to add a professional touch.
A bag: What better item to store your makeup, phone, documents and planner in than a beautiful leather bag?
Jewelry: Need we say more?