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Office chic, styling yourself for work – Part 2

November 22, 2012

How we present ourselves in the workplace is directly linked to our level of success. A well put together outfit communicates confidence and respect to ourselves, colleagues, management and our clients. Do you take the time to plan your work wardrobe or do you run out of the house of a morning late and leaving a maelstrom of clothes and shoes in your wake? I’ve put together ten tips that I hope will be of help and get your sorted and stress free so you can look your best at work.

1. If you are about to begin a new role, check with your employer about dress code but I also recommend a visit prior to your first day just to get a feel of the general scope of styles within your new workplace. If your part of the furniture there is no time like the present to vamp up your look!

2. Put your best foot forward – you won’t be fired for being best dressed. Keep your look professional and dress like the person you want to be.

3. Value modesty in your professional attire – being too casual, showing too much skin, wearing super tight clothing is not stylish and will not open doors of opportunity for you.

4.  Select a few signature accessories that will work across your collection and create personal style.

5. Invest in a good quality work satchel – this year I picked up a classic brown leather brief case – it is slimline, fits everything in beautifully and fits perfectly in my basket (I ride a vintage bicycle to work).

6. Build a capsule wardrobe that provides ten outfits.

7. Always wear hosiery with dresses and skirts.

8. Invest in good quality shoes!

9.  Keep your hair and make-up simple.

10. Put your outfit together the night before and pack your work satchel.

Dressing in the morning can be a relaxed and enjoyable experience that sets the foundation for our day – I like to sip my macchiato and listen to classical music before pedaling off to the office!

Next Thursday I will share about wardrobe maintenance and outfit planning.

Style Guide:  This outfit from my autumn/winter capsule is built around a sensational vintage pencil skirt found this year at one of my favourite haunts. It is very snug around the waist (not uncommon for vintage pieces) and is not lined which means it tends to grab. Both of these issues are best remedied by foundation garments and a slip. The beautiful cream silk blouse with scalloped sleeves is by Jigsaw (British fashion label est. 1972 and introduced in Australia in 1991) and is a key piece that I have worn with many different skirts. Hosiery by Voodoo toned with vintage inspired heels by Nine West. The vintage pearls are a family heirloom and I have a french polish on my nails. For the cool of the morning  I also wore a scarf, cropped jacket and gloves.

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4 Comments
  1. Kaz permalink

    Hi Cara, love the outfit! Can you give us some tips on wearing hosiery in summer when it is so hot??? Kaz

  2. Great question Karen, you know even when I lived in tropical far north Queensland I always wore hosiery to the office. The key I have found is move away from pantyhose and fall in love with stockings and suspenders – they are so much cooler than pantyhose. There is also the modern equivalent stay-ups. Stay-ups have a limited life span but if you take care of them you can continue to wear them with suspenders after the stick has worn off! I also love nude fishnets in the warmer months – they look very chic and not many people wear them. I will discuss foundation garments in more detail in another post.

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