Office Style: How to stand out from the crowd

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Every workplace has its own dress code, but you can still express your personal style while working within those pre-established fashion parameters. The key? Finding clever ways to infuse that big personality of yours into your office looks while keeping the overall effect polished and professional. Once you do, you’ll find yourself feeling more confident, standing a bit taller and speaking a bit more assertively (all of which can help catch the attention of the higher-ups). Here, seven simple style tips to start dressing for even more success.

Tread Carefully With Trends: However fashionable pink ombré manes and fading lavender tresses might be, they’re not likely to go over well in a corporate setting. Similarly, you can’t expect clients and colleagues to take you seriously when you show up wearing claw-shaped stilettos, orange-tinged self-tanner or oversize hair bows. Pro tip: Tone it down between the hours of 9 to 5.

Modernise Office Staples: Your workplace wardrobe likely already includes blouses, pencil skirts, trench coats, black pumps, and form-fitting blazers, so next time you go shopping, invest in a few contemporary variations. Try a knee-length skirt with a lace overlay or a playful peplum blazer. You can’t go wrong with classic cuts featuring a stylish twist.

Don’t Be Afraid of Colour: Though navy, black, gray, white, and khaki may be the most prominent colours for the office, there’s no need to restrict yourself. A sage green or dusty rose blouse will add a subtle femininity. A cobalt blazer will add a boldness to a fitted white dress. A yellow cardigan will infuse some life into a white blouse.

Accessorize Wisely: Even the simplest ensemble can be transformed into a showstopper with the right jewellery. A statement necklace worn over a fully buttoned-up blouse can add elegance and flair to an otherwise plain look. Similarly, a wide belt over an open-front cardigan can give your ensemble structure. When wearing a V-shaped blouse, try layering dainty chains for a modern but delicate touch. An infinity scarf in a bold print is another surefire way to infuse some personality into your workplace attire.

Keep it Classy: Keep your makeup minimal, and stick to neutral eye makeup and subtle blush if you want to experiment with a bold red or magenta pout. Maintain your manicure and remove nail polish the instant it chips. Keep your hair — whether worn loose and curly or in a classic updo — looking lustrous and frizz-free.

Enter the Boys’ Club: Masculine styling can give your workplace attire a fun tomboy quality. Try shelving the pumps and slipping into a pair of lace-up oxfords; fashion your favorite silk scarf into a bow tie; top off a fitted floral print dress with an oversize schoolboy blazer; wear cufflinks with your button-down shirts; or, add a big watch.

Now you’re ready to conquer the workplace and work your way into the coveted corner office in no time!

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