Young, professional women are forced to walk a tight rope of sorts with their wardrobes: They must come across in such a way that makes others take them seriously—but most also want to have some fun and follow trends. It may seem like a challenge, but it’s possible to do both! Here are some ideas to dress in a sophisticated manner while incorporating edgier fashions into your daily ensembles.
Get a Blazer
A well-fitting blazer is a staple in any work wardrobe, so buy one you like and have it tailored to fit you perfectly. Colored blazers are a big trend right now, so try a jacket in a bright shade like pink or yellow and pair it with an otherwise neutral ensemble to hit a note that’s both professional and fashion-forward.
Black and White and Cool All Over
Wearing a mostly black and white ensemble is a surefire way to look sleek and professional. Update this look a bit by wearing well-fitting pieces and adding in a pop of color with your accessories; try a bright pink bag, some green shoes or a yellow bracelet.
Accessorize With Care
The two accessorizing pitfalls women usually stumble into are either wearing too many accessories or none at all. The former can be distracting and take attention away from an otherwise fabulous outfit; the latter can make you disappear into the crowd. To avoid both scenarios, choose a few standout pieces that go with almost everything in your wardrobe and mix and match these with different outfits. Think silver bracelets, a strong cuff, a pair of stud earrings or a pendant necklace. Wear just one or two of these at a time; if you tend to forget your accessories, put them next to the door the night before so you can put them on as you walk out of the house.
The Shoes Make the Outfit
No matter how professional your ensemble, wearing inappropriate shoes will give off the wrong impression. No one wants to be known as “Crazy Shoe Lady” around the office, so choose your footwear carefully! Flats or a low heel in a neutral color are always appropriate. Bright colors can be fun in the summer, but steer clear of teetering heels or crazy patterns.
It’s possible for women working in all but the most conservative fields to have a bit of fun with their work wardrobes while still coming across as refined and professional. And even if you work in a law office, a blue necklace or a pair of pastel pink shoes never hurt anyone…right? Happy shopping!