We all know the feeling, but that doesn’t mean it gets any easier. You need to dress the part at work but want to inject a little of your personality, stand out or just feel comfortable. Not all workplaces have a dress code in these days, but many still seem to have a uniformed look - making it that much more difficult to dress to impress.
Having a signature style doesn’t always come that easy, so mixing up day and night looks becomes much more of a dressing up game than a chore.
Mary Orton of The Classy Cubicle seems to get it just right. Her style remains classic yet on trend, modest and sassy all at once. You will then ask…How does she do it? Sticking to her guns, dressing for herself and playing by the rules. Mary’s exactly the kind of woman who keeps it professional and stays on style - just what we all want, right?
But how do we get it and where do we start? It’s much more reachable that you think. Take three simple steps and you’re on your way to a level of workplace-fab that even Mary Orton herself couldn’t deny...
Starting at the Bottom
A special lady once said, "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world". She was right. A good pair of shoes can lift your sprits and give more scope for a range of hemlines, but only if your heels are happier hovering 3 inches or more above the your toes.
Simple sandals, leather loafers, clean cut boots and heavenly heels have the power to make an outfit, but also start it. If you give it a go, dressing from your shoes up can rejig a few old faves that you once thought a little tired.
Workplace style can often have a tiresome feeling. After all, there’s only so much you can do to a pant or skirt suit before it’s just your plan old pant or skirt suit again. Doing more than just mixing it up a little is vital here. Deconstruct your style and add in extras. Throw the jacket over a sun dress and add a belt or build up that skirt with all of the B’s; blouse, boots, bag, bangles and broaches - the works.
Sometimes you need to really strip it all back and start from scratch. Depending upon your workplace, you could try a maxi skirt with a shirt or capri pants and a strapless top - as long as the theme is consistent; tailoring. Tailoring can keep even the least formal of outfits well pulled together and proper.
Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise!
Now you’ve nailed the look, you need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Accessorising should never been taken lightly. Even if you’ve never cared an awful lot for additions to your look other than your bag and a jacket, adding the right touches will completely transform your look.
Picture this, tailored pants and a simple floral shirt could mean your neckline and wrists are plain, bare and boring. But simply stacking up a bracelet or two, throwing over a lightweight scarf and laying up a necklace or two can really add depth. Not to mention adding a waist clinching belt or something much more statement.
You’ll wonder why you only just started now. Give it a go and maybe the eternal workplace mystery of staying stylish will start to phase out.
Imagec courtesy of Mary Orton - The Classy Cubicle