Nailing the perfect look for work can be tricky. Whether your office is super smart, business casual or relaxed and laidback, it’s hard to get it just right.
Your outfit all depends on the demands of the day, so we’ve put together this guide to the most common office dress code scenarios and the best way to dress for each one below.
By following our guide, and with a little help from our workwear wardrobe, you’ll be the office style inspo in no time.
Everyday Business Casual
An everyday office outfit needs to be three things: smart, fashionable and comfortable. The trick to maintaining the perfect work wardrobe day in day out is having a few staple pieces that you can mix and match in different ways.
Investing in a fitted pencil skirt is essential as you can wear it with lots of different style tops. A printed blouse looks great teamed with either trousers or a skirt, try mixing up your look each day by layering up different fabrics.
Introducing pops of colour into your everyday look is another great way to keep it interesting, especially if your dress code is more relaxed. Putting together a pair of floral patterned trousers and a plain blouse or ribbed jumper, is a fail safe way to look trendy and business-like in one. Bright heels always help to make a work outfit that bit more stylish, too.
Remember, you don’t have to wear heels every day to look smart, a pair of leather loafers or lace-up brogues can look just as chic and give your outfit more of an edge.
The Super Smart Boardroom Meeting
Whether you’re the managing director or a junior, a meeting with the big boss means you need to be looking sharp and super polished.
Power dressing doesn’t always have to mean a trouser suit though. A fitted dress, like this navy V neck dress is sexy, feminine and smart, giving you the air of a lady who means business. Team with a pointed heel with an ankle strap for extra fierce style points.
If you do want to wear trousers, it’s essential to make sure they fit well. As a general rule, slim cuts tend to look smarter. A pair of black tapered trousers look really slick when worn with the matching suit jacket. Pop on a patterned geo print blouse underneath for an on trend edge and voila, you’ll own the show!
Don’t forget about the power of a great handbag, this structured tote bag is a great statement piece with just enough room for fitting in all the work essentials.
Laid-back and Relaxed
If your office dress code is a little more casual it can sometimes be even harder to decide what to wear. It’s nice to have more wardrobe freedom but it can be difficult to separate workwear from your normal clothes once the rules have been thrown out of the window.
Keep up your style credentials with some cool colours. Team a cobalt dress with maroon accessories, and offset with a neutral mac. Wear with tights and heeled ankle boots for the perfect mix of casual cool.
If you’re not a fan of prints, a roll neck ribbed dress is super comfy and still looks like you’ve made an effort to dress well for work without it being too formal. For an even more laid-back look, a nice shirt and pair of skinny jeans always looks office appropriate without being too overdressed.
So whatever your working environment, we’ve got office attire that ticks all the trend boxes. Take a trip to our shoe room to find the perfect footwear to go with all your new outfits from high heels to strappy sandals and fabulous flats – we’ve got you covered!