DRESSING FOR THE OFFICE IN 2018

20 years ago, dressing for the office was easy — you’d wear a generic black or grey suit or skirt-suit with a standard white blouse. However, recent years has seen the office dress code relax, meaning workers these days are facing quite a conundrum — just what should they wear for work?

Offering some style tips to help you master the difficult changing workplace dress code is occasion dresses retailer QUIZ. Read on to find out how you can create a look that is both ready for the office and post-work drinks.

 

 

Jeans

Jeans in the office was once one of the biggest fashion faux pas you could make. Nowadays, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear denim to the office — but only if you know how to style it right.

When it comes to choosing your jeans, stick to more reserved denim types. Say no to ripped or slashed jeans or keep it classic with plain, rip-free denim. It’s wise to choose a darker wash to give a more formal vibe.

Differentiate your outfit from your off-duty clothes by keeping the rest of your outfit smart. Pair your jeans with a smart-casual shirt or blouse and wear with more formal flats and a chic blazer.

Always double check if you’re able to wear jeans to work — some companies may think they’re a little too casual for the workplace.

 

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Dresses

Dresses are super-versatile and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be a part of your working wardrobe. They’re super easy to style and they suit both smarter and more relaxed dress codes.

A midi dress is the perfect choice for offices with more formal dress standards. Stay away from lace, bold prints or bright colours as they can make you look like you’re dressed for a night out instead of a day in the office! Stick to plain styles or subtle prints for versatile looks you can work throughout the year.

Casual dresses are best suited to relaxed environments. Jumper dresses will work well through autumn and winter when paired with tights and heeled ankle boots. Shirt dresses are another great choice, as their collar will naturally make them feel smarter.

 

Trousers & tailoring

Tailoring and trousers are hugely popular at the moment, so make sure you have a few great pairs in your wardrobe for those days when you need to look effortlessly chic.

When it comes to cut, choose tapered trousers. They’ll hug your figure and subtly show off your shape, and will look great with both smart flats and heels. Wear your flats day-to-day and switch them for heels for that all-important meeting. Trust us, your feet will thank us!

We’ve seen culottes and frill-hem trousers grow in popularity recently. They’re quite bold styles, so before you pull yours on, you’ll need to check they’re suitable for the office. Just like dresses, shy away from bolder prints and colours and stick to classic checks and stripes.

Trousers are super versatile and can be worn with a range of tops. For a more casual look, wear them with a loose-fitting plain t-shirt and slouchy cardigan or plain jumper. Loosely tuck the hem of your top into your trousers at the front. To create a formal look, swap the t-shirt for a smart blouse — an embroidered shirt would be the perfect choice for an on-trend look.

 

Shoes

You’re on your way out the door on a morning; which shoes do you slip on? Chances are they will be flats, boots or heels — here’s how to wear each:

The loafer revival is good news for professionals. Smart yet stylish, 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.

At this time of year, we’ve barely gone a day without our trusty boots! Over knee boots teamed with a jumper dress and tights is an on trend look for winter 2017. Heeled boots are also a great option, as they’re both formal and versatile, although flat boots can also work.

How can you wear heels for the office? You’ll need to choose a sensible heel, so leave the sky-scraping platforms at home for work. That doesn’t mean you have to wear kitten heels though; mid-heeled, closed-toe shoes are the perfect choice. Strappy sandals are your perfect day to night office choice – team with wide leg trousers for a chic daytime look.

If you’re starting a new job or simply want to show your colleagues who the office style queen really is, the advice above will help you do it!

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THE WORK EDIT:  SIX FASHION FIXES YOUR WORKWEAR WARDROBE NEEDS RIGHT NOW

 

Unless you are a professional stylist, finding the best workwear can be difficult and at times extremely expensive.  But thankfully the wonderful array of clothing at Esprit will have your workwear wardrobe looking awesome and it won’t break the bank either!  So head over to their website and check out their style – your wardrobe will thank you for it!

 

I love clothes and I’ve had workwear pieces that need updating so finding Esprit has been awesome.  Their clothing looks fresh, cute, and stylish.  Here are some great outfit ideas that you may want to consider.  So, check them out below and let me know what your favourite is!

 

 

 

Polka Dot Blouse

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An update on the classic white shirt, this stunning polka dot blouse will make any work outfit stand out.  It has a V neckline and different size dots, making it a little difference from other blouses.  Team this up with a black pencil skirt and a dash of colour with your shoes and bag and hey presto, you are work ready!

 

 

 

Power Dressing Red Jacket

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Power dressing is back!  If you didn’t remember it in the 1980’s you are in for a real treat.  Team up this wonderful red jacket with a fitted black dress and you are ready for that board room.  Don’t be afraid of colour.  This stunning jacket also has stunning gold-coloured metal buttons with armorial engraving, is double-breasted and shoulder pads.  Come on power dressing, I’m ready for you!

 

 

Trousers with Stretch

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Nothing like a pair of smart trousers that moves with your curves!  These must have workwear trousers have the right amount of material and stretch to take you through the day.  The engraved crested button adds a hint of sophistication that will make you feel wonderful.  Slit side pockets are ideal too.  So, what are you waiting for?

 

Shoulder Bag

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I love bags, so when I seen this stunner I had to share it with you.  There are so many large tote bags around but this faux leather one is just perfect for the office and adding a splash of colour to your outfit.  There are 3 interior compartments with an adjustable shoulder strap.

 

Underwear

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Often forgotten about is workwear underwear.  Honestly, lovely underwear makes me feel so much better.  You certainly won’t be disappointed with this stunningly beautiful piece from Esprit.  It has stunning floral lace and the side sections are silky smooth.  A real treat for work and home if you ask me!

 

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How To Transform Your Gym Clothes into Work Appropriate Outfits

This guest post comes to you from Gallard Joaquin.  If you would like Gallard to write for you, contact gallardwrites@gmail.com.

 

Athletic wear is so comfy, it’s tempting to wear it even when you aren’t at the gym. Which is okay when your plans are to watch Netflix on the couch, but less okay when you need to attend a work meeting. But maybe that doesn’t have to be the case. With the right outfit and accessories, you can take your leggings from Pilates to the office. Read on for ideas for merging the workout and work sections of your wardrobe.

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Sheath with a Secret

 

Here’s the thing, a plain pair of workout leggings are essentially a thicker, comfier, footless pair of tights. Slip on a sheath dress and switch out your running shoes for a pair of block-heeled booties, and no one will be the wiser. You’ll be able to give a big presentation to your boss with a secret smile, knowing that you are wearing yoga leggings underneath your tailored dress.

 

Workout Tank As Workplace Cami

 

What’s the difference between a workout tank and an office appropriate cami? Turns out, not much. Go straight from barre class to your cubicle with a loose fitted athletic tank in a muted color. Simply slip a cardigan on top and throw a pencil skirt on over your leggings. Add an artistic flair to your look with some turquoise jewelry or a patterned scarf.

 

 

Tunic Over Leggings

 

If you work in an office with a “creative casual” dress code, you can probably get away with wearing your yoga leggings with a dressy tunic. Toss on a long collared tunic over your sports bra and performance leggings, and layer a long chunky cardigan on top. With some dangly earrings and a cool pair of ankle boots, your leggings are transformed from sporty, to creative professional.

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Add Some Pizazz with a Print

 

A boldly printed black and white workout tank can add a fun pop of pattern to your work wardrobe. Create some structure with a tailored blazer and a pair of cropped work trousers. With a pair of pumps and a swipe of red lipstick, you’ll be ready to walk into a board meeting.

 

Double Duty

 

Athletic wear has come a long way since terry cloth sweatbands and polyester running shorts. Some of it could pass as street-wear, just made out more breathable, sweat friendly materials. Draped long sleeve work out tunics look just as professional as an ordinary work blouse when paired with tailored trouser. Performance brands are even making dress yoga pants, which are made out of a thicker, sturdier material. Enjoy the stretchy comfort of yoga pants all day at your desk, while fooling your co-workers into thinking you are wearing slacks.

 

Some companies have even started making workout skirts and dresses. Wear them to the gym for a low impact workout, and dress them up for the office with a pair of tights and stylish blazer.

 

Wearing your athletic wear to the office will expand your work wardrobe, and save you time as you rush from your early morning soul cycle class to work. An added bonus: performance fabrics are sweat and odor resistant, so if you get nervous at a big presentation, no one will be the wiser. Gym clothes aren’t just for the gym anymore, bask in the stretchy spandex comfort of your leggings all day long in your cubicle.

 

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