dress codes are a never-ending battle for women.
misinterpret the dress code, or donít abide by it. This is
especially confusing when companies have a code in place but donít
I often hear
objections, such as: "Why do I have to look nice at work if I donít
see anybody?" Itís a compelling argument. For instance, if youíre
a marketing director who meets with clients every day, it makes sense
to dress professionally. But for the computer programmer who sits in
her cube all day, does it really matter what sheís wearing?
If you want to
be promoted, it does. In a new CareerBuilder.com survey, 41 percent of
employers said individuals who dress better or more professionally
tend to be promoted more often than others in their organization.
Make it Your
Many of us
resist embracing our work wardrobes because we donít fully
understand how to interject our personal style into a work-appropriate
look. This notion could not be further from the truth. No matter what
the dress code at your job (certain extreme cases excluded) there is
always an outlet for your inner fashionista.
well-placed accessories are the easiest way to add a little flair to
workwear. From a little sparkle on the ear to a statement necklace or
colorful scarf, accessories are a simple yet satisfying way to elevate
essentials like suits can be tailored for a more fashion-forward edge,
while skirts may be done in a fun peplum for a bit of flair. Try a pop
of color or pattern in a traditional button-up, or trade in your
wide-leg pants for a more tailored, slim fit. Pointy-toe heels and
patterned hosiery can also make a subtle feminine statement.
work-appropriate doesnít have to be boring. First, stock your
closet! Start with the versatile basics, such as a pair of tailored
black pants, a well-cut suit, a classic white shirt and sophisticated
pumps. Once you have the staples, you can continue to build your
wardrobe to give you plenty of professional options.
Hereís a look
at the essential of a well-heeled work wardrobe:
A black blazer
gray and tan)
A black pencil
crewneck and a cardigan)
A trench coat
A classic work
A day dress
place of work is strict or relaxed, there is a certain level of
refinement that should always be maintained ó and things you should
simply never do.
ē Obey the
workplace dress code Ö whether you like it or not.
revealing too much cleavage.
ē Keep your
straps under wraps. Never let your bra show.
ē Keep your
hemlines in check. A few inches above the knee is the shortest you
slinkier styles, like lacy camisoles and strapless dresses, for the
ē Donít get
too wacky. Itís fine to express your personal style, but keep it
When in doubt,
just remember this famous quote from Coco Chanel: "A girl should
be two things: classy and fabulous." Live that advice, and youíll
always make the right choice!
Stay Neutral - While pops of color often define summer
style, classic neutrals can make a strong statement all on their
own. Pair white with beige or black for an all-over neutral look
that will stand out in the sea of expected bright hues.
Go Native - African accents populated the runways for
Spring/Summer 2013, and are strongest in tribal- inspired
accents, such as statement accessories featuring elephants,
woven pieces, bright stones and wooden extras.
Bling it on - Show your rocker chic-side with edgy accents,
like grommets and metalwork, on shoes, handbags, jackets and
more. Just donít overdo it. Pair a hero studded piece with
basics to achieve just enough edge.
This Month's Inspiration - The Gucci Spring 2013 collection
was an accessory-laden ode to flowers and sparkling jewelry. We
were inspired to pair fab jewelry from local boutiques with some
of our favorite early summer blooms.