With styles and trends constantly on the change, both men and women have pretty well realized that a wardrobe full of suits and boring formal attire are no longer the only things fit for work. You need some basic pieces that you can style in a formal manner for Monday mornings or a smart casual way on Fridays, thus standing out of the fashion monotony at your workplace. Gone are the days of neutral blacks, whites and browns; as formal work-wear has moved on to brighter shades along with embracing new fabrics and patterns. Here are some tips and tricks by which you can make your mundane Monday outfit look a bit more fashionable and add some statement style to your work looks!
Formal fun for women
Women today are all about exploring new options in all fields of life, and office clothes are definitely one of them. Go for flared sleeved blouses, and pair then with midi pencil skirts and classic pumps for a head-turning entry at the workplace. You can even amp up your regular formal outfit of a crisp white shirt and black trousers with layered jewellery, classic solitaires and a rose gold wrist watch. Ditch your regular formal shirt for a ruffled one in burgundy or teal, and wear with beige high-waist trousers and nude pumps for a classy style statement. A silk blouse paired with pleated trousers and a smart handbag will leave you looking flawless even on the busiest Monday mornings. Just add a touch of style with accessories like a trendy watch, a printed scarf, a smart belt or a gorgeous lip color and ace all those client meetings like a pro!
Sassy smart casuals
When it comes to tweaking your formal dress code for a casual Friday look, women need to dress smart & chic! Mix and match your not-so-casual pieces with formal counterparts to create on-trend outfits ready to take you to office and up the success ladder in style. Just ditch the predictable formal shirt for a white lace blouse with a black or navy blazer and trousers, for a look that spells ‘corporate diva’. When the dress code is a bit relaxed, you can even go for a button-down shirt with statement sleeves, tuck it in a well-tailored pair of culottes and finish off with a statement neckpiece and wedges, to take the smart casual office fashion to another level. Use your style BFFs such as brooches, scarves, hair accessories or even bags to add a dash of fun to your smart casual work wear looks!
Guys go formal
Though work wear can be one of the trickiest to style, it’s also possibly the most prominent trend amongst men today. The golden rule is to go for pieces that are made to perfection and fit. Nothing can destroy your success chart more than an ill-fitting shirt or jacket. This season, nail your office wear by sticking to classics and making sure the cuts & fits are perfect. For an important meeting, go for the fail-proof suit, keep the shirt a plain one and amp it up with a pinstriped or patterned tie. You can also opt for a brightly-colored shirt with a more pastel-hued suit. For a regular day at work, pick a formal shirt, trousers and lace-up shoes, and pep up the look with a floral or polka dotted tie or a smart leather watch for a suave office look.
Business casuals for the boys
Stylish men can do some things pretty well, smart casual dressing being one of them. Ditch your all-formal ensembles and move over to this correct mix of formal and casual to let your colleagues know that you mean business (and style). Try pairing a solid-colored smart oxford shirt with something more casual, like straight legged chinos and smart brogues. You can even dump the crisp formal shirt for a striped casual shirt teamed with a blazer, corduroy trousers and loafers. If not the regular crew neck t-shirt, you can definitely substitute the shirt for a polo tee, which when paired with a jacket and trousers, will help you make a dapper style statement on those Friday mornings at work!
Dress up or down the work staples and create interesting outfits for work. These outfits are perfect to brighten up any dull Monday mornings or exhausted mid-week Wednesday afternoons and trust us; your style is definitely going to last more than your work woes!