How we dress ourselves for work differs drastically depending on our personal style and workplace environment. Even over the past few years, workwear has transformed, and it seems so strange to think that the workplace was once filled with formal suits, smart blouses and an almost exclusively monochrome colour palette.
Trends — such as after-work socialising — have influenced what we accept as standard workplace attire. However, while this is great for giving us more fashion freedom, it isn’t without its difficulties. Go too casual and you risk an awkward chat with your manager about appropriateness, while a formal outfit may look like you’re over-dressing to your colleagues.
Looking for advice on creating flawless workplace outfits? Browse our 2018 office dress code style guide for advice…
You have a huge variety of dress styles available to you in 2018. However, this all depends on the hemlines and necklines — avoid going too short or low! Alternatively, why not choose a simple and chic midi dress in a plain style or subtle print? You can dress them up with high heels and jewellery, or down with tights and ankle boots, depending on your working environment.
Also take into consideration the weather that day to help guide your workwear fashion choices. On chilly days, pull on a jumper dress with a waisted belt, then when spring and summer hit, go for a belted shirt dress. The collar of this style of dress will also naturally make your feel smarter and more office-ready! Pair with cute pumps and jewellery for a knock-out look.
Jeans aren’t just for off-duty days — in 2018, many of us feel comfortable heading to work in our favourite denims. Although, we’d recommend staying away from cut and frayed options, plain, dark designs are fine for the office. Make sure they’re rip-free to give a more formal vibe, then style them with a smart-casual shirt, formal flats and a chic blazer. Of course, if your company has a strict dress code, you may not be able to wear jeans at all, so check before your start date!
Now you have a few outfit pieces sorted, which shoe style suits 2018 office-ready fashion best? Loafers are chic and stylish — perfect to wear with anything from trousers and occasion dresses to A-line skirts and jeans. You’ll definitely need black loafers and it’s wise to invest in a nude pair, too. Over-the-knee boots teamed with a jumper dress and tights is an on-trend look for 2018. Then again, heeled boots are also a great option when you want that extra height, while flat boots can also work for walking about the office.
Perhaps you’re after a style with more height. That’s fine, you can definitely head to work in stiletto heels and a pencil skirt or tapered trousers — but you might want to bear your comfort in mind if you’re on your feet a lot between 9am-5pm! Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to wear kitten heels; mid-heeled, closed-toe shoes are the perfect choice. Strappy sandals are also good — especially when teamed with wide-leg trousers for a chic daytime look.
The trousers and blouse combo has been making women look and feel incredible for decades, and it hasn’t lost its lustre in 2018. Wear tapered trousers to enhance your figure and wear them with flats or heels. Of course, there are also frill-hem trousers and culottes to consider — as long as you think they’re not too risqué. Perhaps stay clear of bolder prints and colours and stick to classic checks and stripes, to be safe.
Clearly, you have a lot of choice when it comes to the perfect trouser design for you. Once you’ve selected your favourites, how about the top? For a formal look, wear a smart blouse or an embroidered shirt, and when you fancy going more casual, pull on a loose-fitting plain t-shirt and slouchy cardigan.
Bring your personal style to the workplace and make 2018 the year you enhance your workwear wardrobe.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post written by Quiz Clothing, for which I received compensation.
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