Ever heard this before? “Dress for the job you want.” But wait—before you get all dolled up, how about we determine what kind of dress code you’re workin’ with. Most office’s “what to wear” protocol can be classified as casual, business casual or professional. Your market segment, location and customers will all have a part in dictating your dress code.
We’ve based our picks on a contemporary look, so change printed items to solids for a more traditional image or add accessories for a touch of your own personal style and trendy updates. Yeah, you can use stiletto pumps to kick your way to a promotion (woo hoo!).
In a legal, financial or technical field? Your office dress code is probably business professional. You want to look professional and sleek so you’re taken seriously…but you also want to keep it chic.
For your most raise-worthy wear, we’ve selected a medium gray suit from Tahari. Keep the accessories minimal with a pointed toe pump, silver watch and small teardrop earrings. To add even more personal style, we went with a black silk blouse featuring an abstract floral print.
Elie Tahari Exclusive for Nordstrom ‘Vicky’ Blouse ($168)
INC International Concepts Shoes, Beauty Pumps ($59.98) at Macy’s
ESQ by Movado “Kali” Diamond-Detail Watch ($395.00) at Dillard’s
Teardrop Scroll Earrings – Silver ($29) from Stella & Dot
Most companies fall more into the business casual category—but let’s not focus too hard on that “casual” in there, ’cause, er, visions of our favorite sweats are already dancing in our heads.
In business cas, a blazer is not necessary, but it sets the stage for your professional image. It also helps make a full, printed skirt look sleek and polished. We added neutral peep-toe pumps as your easy-chic accessories and work-wardrobe staples. A dark blue satchel completes the look.
Tribal Printed Boarder Skirt ($129) from Jones New York
Elastic Sleeve Jacket ($158) at The Limited
Ruffle Neckline Shell ($44.50) at The Limited
Lynn Peep-Toe Pumps ($98) at Banana Republic
BCBGMAXAZRIA “Royale” Embossed-Strap Watch ($115) at Dillard’s ($115)
Kenneth Cole New York High Patential ($299) at Piperlime
If you’re in graphic design, advertising or marketing, your dress code is less suits and probably more sneaks and stilettos (depending!). Stand out from the crowd and protect your professional image by styling your look in a sophisticated way.
Make sure your denim is a dark wash with a clean line. We put together a feminine graphic tee with dark jeans and a short-sleeve slub cardigan. To finish the look, we added stacked wedges and a fun bracelet.
Joe’s Jeans Provocateur Petite Fit Jeans ($158) at Piperlime
Peacock T-Shirt ($49.50) from Lucky Brand
Slub Long Cardigan ($49.95) from Free People
Seychelles Kick Up Your Heels ($90) at Piperlime
Kate Spade Sweet Nothings ($98) at Piperlime
No matter what your office environment is, you can still maintain a professional image by making sure your clothes fit correctly, are stylish and represent your personal style.
-Jennifer Diana & Melissa McGraw
Workchic co-founders Melissa McGraw and Jennifer Gregory have been immersed in the fashion industry for over ten years. They don’t expect anyone to look like runway models—just pulled together with a bit of style!