5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Workwear Outfit

April 19, 2017
By Cailyn Cox
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When we think of workwear we often think of clothing that is boring, shapeless and dated. And for a long time this has been somewhat true.
Workwear has a bad reputation and many women feel as though they can't show off their own personal style and adhere to the strict dress codes of the office at the same time. However, ideas are changing and over the last few years, we've noticed a modern take on the classic workwear outfit. So, if you want to achieve the perfect workwear outfit that's chic yet pulled together, these are the only tips you'll ever need.
1. Don't be afraid of color.

Neutral tones like white, black, gray and navy are great for the office and seem to exude elegance, but for a more updated look, you can incorporate colors — although don't go too bold.

Try out soft blues, beige, off-white and even dusty pink garments, or if you prefer to keep your wardrobe as dark as possible opt for a dark green or a dark brown instead of the usual head-to-toe black outfit.

2. Suits are always a great choice.

The return of power dressing is here, and we love to see a woman in a suit.

Suits designed in high-quality fabrics like wool and cashmere mixes are great choices (a cheap suit will always look cheap), but the most important part of choosing a suit is the fit. For a more modern look you want to ensure that you pick something fitted at the waist, as well as a design that has a single or double breasted jacket — there are a wide variety of different suit jackets available with varying buttons, pockets and collar details, so be sure to pick one that works best for your work environment and your body.

While a suit doesn't really reflect your own personal style, what you choose to wear with it does. Pick out a pretty satin shirt in a soft color like blush or baby blue, or if you're more adventurous try out some of the seasons top print trends instead.
3. Play with shapes.

Wear feminine and masculine pieces, or fitted and loose clothing to balance out a look. A few examples are peg-legged trousers and a cashmere sweater, a pencil skirt and a top combination layered with a loose-fitting coat, or wide-legged pants and a fitted button-down top.

4. Show off your personality with accessories and details.

Don't be afraid to wear an accessory that reflects your personality like a statement necklace, a unique piece of jewelry or one of the seasons hottest bags.

5. Whatever you choose to wear, wear it with confidence.

One of the most important rules to remember when choosing any clothing item is that you should feel completely comfortable and confident in your choice. Good quality pieces that fit well (that you don't have to tug at all day) will have you looking and feeling great.

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