By: Nikki McCool, Fall 2018 Intern
Who wouldn’t want to bring some #werk to the workweek?
Bringing personal style into the workplace isn’t just for the fashion bloggers of Instagram, anyone can do it using everyday items in their closets. No matter your industry, career or title, being trendy is always possible, all you need is a little creativity, open-mindedness and some fashion-inspo, which is where this blog comes in.
Fashion has always been a way for an individual to express who they are through their unique style; however, bringing that personal style to the workplace can have its challenges. Well, good news for you! In today's working world, fashion has drastically shifted from shoulder pads and pants suits to power colors and empowering designs. Learn how to bring “who you are” into your workplace by reading a few styling pointers and tips below on how to be trendy-chic, yet professional!
Before diving into the styling tips, let's first talk a little bit about the history of women’s work-attire. When women first began working in the corporate world, they dressed to “blend in”. Feminine fashion in the workplace was once bland suits, bulky shoulder pads and minimal color. There was not a platform established yet for women to include their fashionable style into their work apparel. Fast-forward years later, and look at how much it has evolved! Colors, patterns, prints and statement pieces are everywhere!
Looking back over the past 50 years, you can tell women’s fashion, specifically in the workplace, has drastically changed. Something that once was so uniformed has been transformed into women expressing their individuality through their work-wear style, and I, for one, could not be happier!
Fashion has evolved into celebrating who you are through your unique style instead of being uniformed into what is “suitable” for the workplace. A quote by Carolina Herrera sums it up so simply but powerfully, and it is the true definition of women representing their individuality in any outfit at any occasion: “Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together.”
Now for the styling points and tips to adding your own personal touch to your work attire. Personally, I love using pieces in my closet that are versatile. When you add these type of pieces to your workwear, they become pieces you never thought you would add! You will eventually be saying to yourself, “Why haven’t I ever worn this to work before?!”
One of my favorite staple pieces is a pair of classic black jeans. Black jeans are something you can either dress up for work by throwing on a pair of your favorite heels or dress down for a casual Friday by wearing a graphic tee with your favorite pair of booties.
One of my favorite pieces for work in the fall/winter are sweaters. I mean HELLO, sweater weather! Sweaters are a piece you can never go wrong with in the fall. If you are feeling comfortable vibes midweek, throw on a sweater with your favorite pair of pants and finish your style off with a pair of loafers. This a good balance between comfy meets trendy! Personally, this is one of my go-to outfits almost every week, because who doesn’t like to be comfy at work but still stylish?
Blast from the Past.
Corduroy is a huge trend that has made a comeback recently, especially for its versatility in a wardrobe. I love when trends from the past come back and add a twist on modern day fashion. A pair of corduroy skinnies, bell-bottoms or a skirt is the perfect statement piece to add to your wardrobe. You can wear a blouse with a pair of corduroy skinnies or bells with your favorite booties. If you are going for a cozier look, change out the blouse with an oversize sweater. I recently just bought a corduroy skirt, and it is now one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I pair my skirt with a pair of over-the-knee boots and either a crop sweater or blouse for a simple, but stylish look.
Be a Pro at Professionalism.
What about the days where professionalism is absolutely key? Sometimes we have those days where we need to be more polished than others. Whether you are interviewing for a job or meeting with a potential client, there is one item in your wardrobe that could turn your outfit into sleek professional: a blazer. Adding a blazer with a pop of jewelry is the ultimate balance for professionalism. My go-to for this type of outfit is a pair of black pants, nude heels, a solid color blouse with a black blazer. For the finishing touches, I layer a few dainty gold necklaces and a pair of minimal gold earrings. You can never go wrong with gold jewels!
Fashion has always been something that I have appreciated. I love having the option to incorporate my everyday style into my work-attire, while still being professional. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress and that is what I love most about fashion. It is a way for all of us to be YOU-nique and express our individual style, even at work where past pretenses told us to blend in. Now you know that you don’t have to go out and buy “professional” work-attire when you have pieces in your closet that could #werk for any occasion. Step outside of the ordinary work-attire, and express your individuality, while still being a total #girlboss!
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