Power Dressing 101

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Dressing for the office can be tricky. For the modern chic woman, brown, black, and navy pantsuits simply won’t do. There are certain professional guidelines that need to be followed of course, but that doesn’t mean that work wear should be boring. There are so many ways to inject a dose of fashion fun into your everyday office attire.

Different offices have different dress codes, but here are some general style guidelines and styling tips to spice up your work wear:

1. Embrace Color and Prints

No need to confine your office style to neutrals and plain colors. Add some punchy colors and prints into the mix, but always make sure to pick colors and patterns that are a bit subdued and not too loud. Stripes and polka dots are your best bet when it comes to prints, and when it comes to colors choose hues that are more jewel toned than neon. Anchoring your outfit in a basic color like black, white, navy, or brown will keep you looking professional.

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2. Extra! Extra!

Accessories are a great way to ease into adding more color and prints into your work wardrobe. A shot of color from your jewelry, scarf, belt, purse or heels can liven up an all-black office attire.

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3. The New Pantsuit

Say goodbye to the oversized shoulders and rigidly structured pantsuits from the yesteryears, and welcome the new and improved pantsuits of 2014. Done in luxurious fabrics and with more relaxed tailoring, these pantsuits definitely take your office pantsuit into contemporary fashion.

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4. Shirt dress Redux

Shirt dresses have immense potential to be the workhorse of your work wear closet. Prim, proper, and ladylike, shirt dresses feels breezy yet put together. Always add a belt and pearls to emphasize the polish of your ensemble.

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5. Modern Black and White

Stuck in your white button-down and black trousers uniform? Get out of that fashion rut by falling into crisp silhouettes with more stark and graphic black-and-white designs. Black and white has already been tried-and-tested for the office, but these geometric motifs will make you look more current and on trend.

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Adding little personal style flourishes here and there may even increase your productivity and spark your creativity! Never underestimate the power of fashion to influence your mood and your personality.Fashion is all about creative self-expression and the four walls of your office shouldn’t stop you from doing that.

I hope this post inspired you to get more playful with your office looks. Have a great weekend ladies!

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