It is absolutely necessary to look your crisp best at work these days since your personality is often reflected through what you choose to wear where the question Who What Wear? is always popping up on the minds of peers and colleagues. In fact, some corporates adopt conservative, corporate dress codes mostly followed at law firms, banks and consulting agencies. Owning a few of the following in your working wardrobe is often checks many boxes of the work goals list.
You could always rework these to mix and match and even use basics in new pairings so that work appropriate styles are never overlooked during meetings or scheduled interviews.
Work Wear Essentials for a Women at Conservative Office
We are going to take the bottom-up approach for conservative office wear because many ethical workplaces gauge a woman by her shoes per se. There is no point getting a pedicure if you do not have the right shoes, too flashy is a strict no-no and too dull will never ever do the trick for you. Here are the top work outfit essentials in a conservative office:
Pumps, mostly mid-heeled slip-ons are comfortable and sleek plus they go well with almost all kinds of work wear formals and semi-formals alike. Offering a wide range of colour options like classic black, grey, nudes, browns, burgundy and more, these pumps come in many styles like pointed-toes, rounded-toes, peep-toes etc.
You even have the liberty of choosing the type of heels that keep you at your best like high-heels, mid-heels, flats and oxfords. There are various heel styles have come in trend which can be experimented with. Here are some of those heel styles:
- chipped heels
Comfort is paramount while sporting these at work, that is why many shoe-makers incorporate Heel Rest, a technology designed to distribute your body weight toward your heel, and away from the ball of your foot. You can get away from the boredom of classic leather and indulge in some of the pumps made of suede or patent leather just to keep innovation at check.
D’orsay pumps are also in vogue and technically they are ergonomically designed to take the shape of your feet to offer maximum comfort while you move around at work climbing stairs, walking long passages etc. Platforms offer comfort in the fore-space and ensure that your toes don’t get overworked. For women looking for that extra grip, ankle straps on pumps make a good enhancement. On the other hand, décolleté pumps that have a low-cut silhouette, offer style and sensibility to your formal ensembles. Almond-toes are classics that have seen the women of 70s and 80s embrace them with love. Their comfort, look and precise cutting contribute to their success in making friends with feet of all shapes and sizes.
The pointed-toes or pointy toes are for the more daring, modern and tolerant working women who are more concerned with their personal styling and universal appeal of their shoes. You can never say ‘never’ to these. Rounded-toes are often considered passé but they are still clear winners when it comes to uncompromised chic comfort. Peep-toes are amazing when it comes to aeration and toe-comfort, just get them right with the appropriate heel-style pairing and you are all set to win the walk at workplace.
Bottoms-Up with these Pairing Options
Moving forward or rather upward, we need that comfort while at work, that makes it easy to sit down, walk briskly, leap, run and all that jazz. Trousers top the list when it comes to comfy work wear, the styles are never ending but we are going to with the hand-picked few. Straight cuts/ pencil pants or cigarette pants as they are sometimes known are the best bet since there is nothing complex about them and they fit all body types elegantly. Skinny pants are the ones that let you flaunt your well-shaped legs especially calf area. They are also known as drainpipes, stovepipes or skinnies. Boot-cuts or flared bottoms add the retro charm to your outfit and are often roomy at the bottom a much-loved pair in the 70s and 80s. Modern day flared pants have their own sartorial twist to them for example palazzos are the modern-day girl’s natural pick. Pegged pants add the element of fun, while sailor pants can make for a good semi-formal day pair-up option.
The lengths can vary from full to three-fourth depending on your taste and work environment. Skirts for ladies are even better for those who like bold dressing and versatility in feminine comfort. Pencil skirts are the universal choice for work, while A-lines, waist pleats, hip pleats, asymmetrical skirts, godet, tulip cuts and formal wrap around skirts.
These are affordable and readily available in retail stores or online stores. So, take your pick wisely girls!
These are affordable and readily available in retail sites or online stores. So, take your pick wisely girls!
Classic Suit, Blazer and the Trench Coat
Whether you work at a law-firm or a departmental store the classic suit never goes off-beat. The icing on the cake is when you could pair it up with your favourite mix-and-match pieces and steal the show for all eternity. For a classy and professional look at work, suits in solid and neutral colours are your best bet. a knee-length skirt suit and straight suit pants is the most conventional yet the most preferred dressing mode. For the best look, pair a professional suit or blazer with a crisp white blouse and a pair of leather, heeled dress shoes. When it comes to styling a suit, the choices are myriad such as unlined, partially lined or fully lined also the ones suitable for different women with different body types are fitted, draped/Unstructured, front open, single-breasted, one button, two button style, three button style, deep lapel, sailor style, Bolero/cropped, leather, suede, longline, cape, oversized, asymmetric, double breasted, peplum, waterfall, peplum and so on. The accompaniments may include crisp non-iron shirt preferably white, sheath dresses with or without insets, peplum tops, tie-up tops etc.
Trench coats can be amazing style boosters that can even keep you warm during fall and winter. They come in styles such as cape, capelet, car, frock, duffle, pea, princess, quilted, reefer, double-breasted, single-breasted and wrap-around style.