We received a great questions from one of our readers. She wrote the following:
“I am required to wear all black to my job. I work in retail sales and the dress code is business casual or business depending on the department you work in. Usually I wear black dress pants and a button down or knit top. What can I do to feel more unique with this limited dress code?
This is a great question Rachel! Even without color limitation dress codes can feel stifling. But they should not, you still have plenty of room to express your individuality. Here are some of our creative ways to showcase your own style.
Since you usually wear pants, try mixing things up with a dress or skirt. This Max and Cleo Dress has a fun bead detail to accentuate the waist. If you are aloud a splash of color, as long as the majority of your outfit is black, try this Floral Jersey Dress.
When selecting tops, try to find something with one interesting detail. This Giedre Blouse for example has a pleated stand up collar. This EMBROIDERED CRINKLE SILK BLOUSEwill look chic over a simple cami with trousers or an A-line skirt.
Another way to create individuality is with accessories. We kept our selections to black, but if you can add color, this is the perfect place to do so. This Seed-Bead Necklace also has a chain link styling. Just putting a Steve Madden Ruffle-Edge Belt around a simple cardigan will add some interest.
We hope this helps you update your work wardrobe. Since we are going into cooler weather, add layers and play with different fabric and textures. This will help give your outfits added interest.
Our goal is to help take the stress out of getting dressed for work while still maintaining a feminine, professional, and chic image. If you have questions on how to do this, send them our way. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to helping you dress to impress!