Happy pre-Friday loves! Lately I have been getting SO many requests to style a look that is appropriate for corporate settings while still being fashionable and feminine. I have been lucky enough to never work in an office where strict dress codes are enforced, but I know that many women do and it can be a struggle to find something unique to wear every day! So this post is for all those #girlboss ladies killing it in the corporate world. I’ve rounded up my top 5 tips for business appropriate styling below.
1. Use color to your advantage! This is especially important in the warmer months. There are tons of colorful suit options these days, and a monochromatic blush or baby blue pantsuit is so in right now (very Olivia Pope). If an all over color look is too much for your taste, just adding in a bright blazer or pair of dress pants to your rotation makes your outfits pop and feel less stuffy (I’m loving everything at Banana Republic and J.Crew right now). Even if you work in an office where you have to stick to a black suit, try adding a bright blouse or pumps. Looking at cheery yellow heels all day is an instant mood booster!
2. Play around with pant shapes. There are so many different pant styles to choose from, so why not switch it up now and then? I styled one of my favorite spring trends, the culottes, here. Wearing a different style of pants throughout the week, even if they are all black, creates a new look every day and instantly makes your wardrobe interesting and versatile.
3. Grab a few new of-the-moment colored bags each season. Handbags are another great way to bring in color to your work wardrobe, but I recommend only shelling out the money for a designer tote in black, especially if you work in a strict corporate environment. There are tons of affordable and chic colored work bags, which allows you to stay on trend without breaking the bank. I’m loving this one and this one right now.
4. Mix prints. Playing around with patterns instantly adds visual interest to your outfit. Try a floral pencil skirt with a striped silk blouse. Or leopard heels with a gingham button up. The key to pattern mixing is picking one color in each pattern that matches. So if you’re wearing a navy and white striped blouse, pick a floral skirt that also has some navy in it to balance everything out.
5. Bulk up your shirt selection! Especially if you are wearing all black or grey, shirts are what will keep your outfits looking fresh. For this post I styled a gorgeous tie neck blouse with bell sleeves. The color is neutral so this will work for any corporate environment, but the details are what sets it apart for your other white blouses. Look for tops with special details, interesting shapes, fun patterns, and bright colors. You can never have too many when it’s what you’re wearing every day! I love the Who What Wear line at Target. They have unique pieces, and many are work appropriate.
I hope this post was helpful for all you ladies working in a corporate office! Let me know your thoughts, and if you would like to see more work outfits in the future. I could create a monthly segment if you would be interested! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend 🙂
Shirt: Who What Wear for Target, sold out (LOVE this one) / Culottes: LOFT / Heels: Tahari, old (similar here) / Bag: J.Crew, old (loving this mint one) / Bag tassel: Target / Sunnies: Henri Bendel / Earrings: J.Crew, old (these floral ones are great for spring)
Photos by Lydia Hudgens