Look Good for Today’s NO SUIT Workplace
When it came to what to wear to work it was simple a few years ago, throw together a suit, tailor shirt and accessorize and you were ready to go. Depending on your position, your corporate culture and your field, what used to be doesn’t count anymore as a song once said. There are new additions that are communicating professionalism for women that are just as fun to wear. What are these new “classics?” Here are some
- The jean jacket:
for many it has replaced the traditional blazer but it’s a great
alternative to it. Wear it with a
crisp white tailor shirt and slacks and you’re ready to go. Denim jackets, in a variety of shapes,
are a great way to mix textures and add ease to your ensemble. However, if you meeting a client in the
accounting or financial arenas play up the classics.
- The Bohemian Look or pieces of it are making their
way into women’s professional wardrobes.
Longer tier or gypsy skirts can be worn with a turtleneck and belt
and teamed with a great pair of boots.
- As well, dangling earrings are now accepted at the
workplace. Just something to
remember, be sure to get them in proportion to your size. They are fun and dress up any outfit, but
be sure to if you are going to be bohemian for a day that you dress up
your ears with great dangling earrings.
While on days that you are the classic fashionista, be classic in
your accessory choices.
- Yes boots are great and common for winter but they
are great in the fall as well.
Boots of a variety of heights on the leg are common each season now
and a must have for the workplace.
- Georgette multilayered flounce skirts teamed up with
blazers trimmed with touches of glitter are looking great at the
office. With dangling earrings and
either boots or open toed shoes, this completes a feminine but
professional look for the office.
- White, a color that was reserved for resort and
summer wear, is now becoming part of women’s wardrobe for all
seasons. Not just winter white but
optic whites in skirts, pants, jean jacket vests and blazers. I just know for me that anytime I wear
white it’s the day that I have to do more moving and picking up than
usual. But white is great for all
year long – try it and see.
All in all, women’s professional dress is changing for the better with more choices
that are accepted in the workplace. Perhaps now we have made our mark and that rather than being a mannequin with limited clothing choices, the focus is now on what ideas we can contribute
to the success of the company.
But as I said before, for some positions and/or fields, such as Senator or CEO,
tailor classics prevail. In sales,depending on your target market and what you’re selling, your dress will vary. For example in radio sales, if working with small businesses, business casual is best, while for customized filtration systems for the city of Los Angeles, classic professional dress is
Further,even though the landscape for women’s business dress has changed and been
accepted, when it comes to the job interview, the suit will always win.