What to wear to the office
Unlike the suit and tie, the one-look-fits-all world of menswear, for women deciding what to wear to the office can seem a bit tricky.
Unlike the suit and tie, the one-look-fits-all world of menswear, for women deciding what to wear to the office can seem a bit tricky. But it doesn't have to be complicated — just follow these simple guidelines, and you will be prepared for whatever your company throws at you.
For women, oversised jumpers or sweaters and simple sweater dresses are a great option in a business casual workplace. Out of the office, you might wear a sweater with distressed jeans and sneakers.
At work, you can style it with a skirt and leggings or black skinny jeans—pulled together with a pair of heeled boots. Try to avoid distressed jeans or clothing that is too revealing as this might be considered inappropriate for the office.
Keep your feet covered, too
Despite the high temperature and humidity that characterize summer months, sandals and open-toed shoes are a no-go for offices. While flip flops are generally frowned upon in most places of business, here even quite elegant sandals are deemed as being inappropriate.
Wearing closed-toe office shoes doesn't have to mean squeezing your toes into pointy heels, though! There are plenty of comfortable flats that are suitable for maintaining your professional (and stylish) look.
Avoid excessive accessories and sunglasses
Jewellery can be a great way to accessorise and personalise your outfits. A business casual workplace suits subtle jewellery like a small gold chain with a pendant or conservative earrings.
Watches are also very much fine to wear at work. Avoid costume jewellery or anything too "loud" and bracelets that jangle or make noise are to be avoided also.
Fit for your shape
Where possible, opt for clothing that fits you correctly whether it's meant to be worn fitted or loose.
Tailor your business pants if they're too long, and if wearing a cropped shirt be sure to have something on underneath or over the top. This helps you look more polished while still allowing you to feel comfortable