Fancy a style change? Got a new job and want to make a good first impression? Whatever the reason, this office dress code style guide will get you looking incredible in no time. It seems so strange to think that, once, the workplace dress code was all about power dressing — think formal suits, smart blouses and an almost exclusively monochrome colour palette.
Not today — the options for what we can wear seem limitless! Many think a trend towards after-work socialising and the open and laid-back workplace environment has caused a shift towards more individual, fashionable outfits. Although, this isn’t without its difficulties. Go too casual and you risk an awkward chat with your manager about appropriateness, while a formal outfit may look like you’re over-dressing to your colleagues.
Confused? Don’t be, check out our office dress code style guide for tips…
We’ve all had those mornings when we’re running late for work and just need to throw something on and get out the door — which is where the office dress comes in.
But what is the perfect ‘office’ dress — is a party dress too much for the office?! It might be, and if you’re deliberating whether it’s too shimmery or the hemline is too short, it’s best to err on the side of caution. Alternatively, why not choose a simple and chic midi dress in a plain style or subtle print? These dresses look great at any time of year and you can dress them up with high heels and jewellery, or down with tights and ankle boots, depending on your working environment.
How does your boss feel about casualwear? Jumper dresses work well during the colder months, while belted shirt dresses are ideal for spring and summer — plus, their collars will naturally make your feel smarter and more office-ready! Pair with cute pumps and jewellery.
Now, there is an unbelievable selection of trouser styles at our fingertips — but what’s right for the workplace? Enhance your figure in a pair of stylish tapered trousers and build the rest of your outfit around these. Wear them with flats day-to-day and switch them for heels for that all-important meeting. Of course, there are also frill-hem trousers and culottes to consider — as long as you think they’re not too risqué. Perhaps stay clear of bolder prints and colours and stick to classic checks and stripes, to be safe.
That’s one half of your outfit sorted — but what about the top? For a more casual look, wear a loose-fitting plain t-shirt and slouchy cardigan. Then again, if it’s formal you’re aiming for, swap the tee for a smart blouse — an embroidered shirt would be perfect.
Even when it comes to footwear, women are able to wear a much larger variety of styles and heights than ever before. Loafers are smart yet stylish, and they’re the perfect work shoe that can be worn with trousers, dresses and jeans. You’ll definitely need black loafers and it’s wise to invest in a nude pair, too.
We all adore the comfort and effortless style that our favourite boots provide — so why not enjoy them at work? Over-the-knee boots teamed with a jumper dress and tights is an on trend look for 2018. Then again, heeled boots are also a great option when you want that extra height, while flat boots can also work for walking about the office.
Of course, there’s always the option of the iconic heel — but make sure you know how high to go. Too high, and you might be in pain after a few hours — not ideal when you have a long shift ahead. That doesn’t mean you have to wear kitten heels though; mid-heeled, closed-toe shoes are the perfect choice. Strappy sandals are also good — especially when teamed with wide-leg trousers for a chic daytime look.
Denim is one of the biggest changes to the workplace dress code. Years ago, nobody would have dared to don denim to the office.
We’d recommend keeping your frayed and torn options in your wardrobe, though — things haven’t changed that much… Instead, keep it classic with plain, rip-free denim in a darker wash to give a more formal vibe, then pair your jeans with a smart-casual shirt, formal flats and a chic blazer. Of course, if your company has a strict dress code, you may not be able to wear jeans at all, so it’s well worth enquiring before your start date to avoid any fashion faux pas!
Hopefully, you’ve learned a thing or two about dressing for the workplace of 2018. Don’t be afraid to revamp your style!