In any corporate environment, you are somewhat restricted to what you can wear most of the time. A conservative dress or a smart skirt suit is the most accepted outfits for the professional business woman of today. With the use of accessories and makeup, you can however, bring a touch of individuality and personal style to your look. Here are a few tips for stay stylish yet professional.
Bring a touch of individuality to a plain suit or dress with your jewelry. A statement necklace is just one option. Just make sure that you don’t overdo it, so avoid wearing more than one large statement piece. Your safest bet here is to stick to wearing more conservative items. Simple and classic bracelets, necklaces and a nice ring are all perfect for the office.
In the corporate world, a lot of men (and sometimes women) wear luxury watches as status symbol. A nice watch is the ultimate accessory for the corporate environment, keeping you punctual and looking stylish. Be careful here though that your watch isn’t TOO flashy. You don’t want to make your boss jealous. Luxury but tasteful watches are completely acceptable for the office. Just keep them simple, feminine and classy, avoiding of course any garish colors like neon pink.
Bringing a tacky, logo-covered handbag to the office, which screams ‘I’m all about labels!’ is definitely cheese. You really don’t want to be giving your boss the impression that you’re overpaid and possibly have them reconsidering any bonus that you may be entitled to in the future (why take any chance). Therefore it’s smart to opt for more simple and tasteful handbags.
A fashionable pair of heels can make an office outfit, but heels above 3 inches are definitely questionable especially for those who prefer comfortable shoes. Stick to classic yet conservative heels instead of killer stilettos in loud, busy prints. Remember to keep comfort in mind. After all, you will be wearing them most of the week, so make sure you find a pair which fits you well. If you’re going to be on your feet all day, and can’t bear the thought of being in heels the whole time, then go for a nice pair of sophisticated and simple flats instead.
The key to a professional look is keeping your makeup natural. In the corporate world, there seems to be an unspoken rule that wearing a lot of makeup is just not professional. As less is more, keep your foundation light, use a little mascara and use only natural lip-colors. Keep your nails short and manicured and stick to nail polish colors like nude, subtle pink or sleek red.
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