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 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.
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.
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!