The Office Dress Code for the New Generation
Starting a new job and want to make the best first impression? When it comes to the workplace, looking good means feeling confident, which is exactly what you need if you want to excel. It’s no secret that workwear has relaxed over the years. Go back two decades and the office dress code was all about power dressing (formal suits, smart blouses and monochrome colour palettes).
Today, office style has transformed to suit our busy lifestyles, which means wearing outfits that take us effortlessly from work to play. This relaxed office dress code has brought on a wave of super-stylish professionals who look just as good at work as they do socialising after it. But, balancing professionalism and personal style is difficult. To help, QUIZ — a top retailer of chic party dresses, has shared its tips for mastering the new generation office dress code - they have a range of fantastic plus size options too!
Trousers for the office
The right pair of trousers can take any outfit from ordinary to office-ready, so make sure you have a few great pairs in your wardrobe for those days when you need to look effortlessly chic. To hug your figure and create a stunning silhouette, go for tapered trousers with smart flats for day-to-day wear and high heels for those important meetings.
If you want something more casual but still dressy enough for work, how about culottes and frill hem trousers? These are available in a range of bold styles, so make sure you opt for subtle prints and colours, like classic checks and stripes, to ensure your outfit isn’t too daring.
Now, you need to decide how to create your entire outfit. For a casual look, wear your trousers with a plain t-shirt and slouchy cardigan or jumper, then tuck the hem of your top into your trousers at the front. For more formality, swap the t-shirt for a ruched blouse or embroidered shirt for the perfect on-trend office look.
The best thing about wearing dresses for work is that they’re so easy to style up or dress down, depending on your office dress code. For formal workplaces, choose a simple midi dress and avoid lace materials, bold prints and very bright colours — wearing any of these can give a ‘night-out‘ effect! Stick to plain styles or subtle prints for versatile looks you can work throughout the year.
If your office is more laid-back, you have scope to go more casual. Jumper dresses will work well through autumn and winter when paired with tights and ankle boots, while shirt dresses are another great choice that have a more business appeal.
Denim for work
Not long ago, you’d never dream about wearing jeans to the office. But now, denim is becoming a more acceptable piece of work attire — but only if you know how to style it right.
Just because you can wear jeans to work, it doesn’t mean that every style is appropriate. Arriving on your first day in slashed jeans is a big no-no, so keep it classic with plain denim in a darker wash to give a more formal vibe.
It’s also important when wearing jeans for work to avoid letting your look stray too far into off-duty territory. Pair your jeans with a smart-casual shirt or blouse and wear with more formal flats and a chic blazer to ensure a polished look.
Before you start creating your perfect jeans outfit for work, it’s worth double-checking that denim is allowed at your company before your first day to avoid any fashion faux pas!
Once you’ve sorted the rest of your outfit, the final part to think about is your shoes. Overall, you have three main choices when it comes to work footwear: boots, pumps and heels.
Boots are the quintessential autumn/winter shoes — ideal for trudging through snow while keeping effortlessly stylish. Over-the-knee boots teamed with jumper dresses and tights is an on-trend, office-appropriate look for 2017, while heeled boots are also a great formal option.
Prefer wearing flat shoes to work? Loafers are smart and stylish, which means that they’re perfect to wear with trousers, dresses and jeans. You’ll definitely need black loafers, and it’s wise to invest in a nude pair, too.
When it comes to heels, things get trickier. You’ll need to choose a sensible heel, to avoid looking over-dressed for work, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear kitten heels. Mid-heeled, closed-toe shoes are the perfect choice, and strappy sandals with wide-leg trousers are perfect if you want to create a chic ‘day to night’ look.
What we wear for work is changing for the better. Get your look right and you’ll be the office fashionista in no time!
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