(Closed) Can color be acceptable in a business environment?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
6365 posts
Bee Keeper

I think it depends on the specific environment, and the boss is the only one that can set, change, or ignore the tone of the environment. Unfortunately, seems like you already know that that splash of coral or pink would be out of place where you work.

Post # 4
Member
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@mrswestcoast:  You know, I think its a personal preference, I have a secretary that dresses in vivid colors and bright little high heels, she’s got purple horn rimmed glasses and big hair..she’s adorable and eveyone loves it.  I’m a pretty boring dresser, but I’m also six feet tall and don’t need to draw attention to myself any more than my height and flaming curly hair already does…so I dig people who do fashion their way.

Post # 5
Member
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrswestcoast:  No one here wheres much color and I have been feeling the same way! Im not in a high up position, just the insurance world, but its pretty dang boring! I have been adding in more color from the typical black whites and greys. I wouldnt show up in something outrageous but I see nothing wrong with slowly adding some color in to see what people would say. Maybe others are itching for the same thing and no one has had the guts to do it yet!

Post # 6
Member
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I see nothing wrong with a colorful blouse underneath a black suit. You have to liven up your wardrobe somehow! 

Post # 7
Member
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maybe start off by adding a little splash of color, maybe with some earrings, and see how it is perceived.  If that’s ok, start taking more office fashion risks by adding a scarf or something. 

Post # 9
Member
2382 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Instead of a bright color, you could do a very pale shade of the color you like.  So a blush instead of a fuschia.  Chunky jewelry can look cheap if not done well, so unless you are 100% confident in your taste level, I wouldn’t go there.  I’ve done pops of color with earrings or a bracelet and with my shoes – black edged with a thin line of pink.  It’s just a little something.  Think about menswear and how they show off – cufflinks, ties, tie clips.  You can use your accessories in the same way.

Post # 10
Member
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think admins can get away with more. They are, unfortunately, not taken as “seriously” in general (career-wise), so I think that gives them leeway in their dress. A high-level corporate manager would look really strange in a pop of trendy neon, for example, but the depatment admin would be beloved for the same fashion move.

I’m a scientist, and it is “understood” that we don’t go too crazy with either dressing up too much, or using too much color, especially as a woman. Other scientists openly talk crap about the women who “dress up too much” or “care too much about clothes”, since apparently you can’t be both good at science and fashion at the same time. Very annoying.

Post # 11
Member
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mrswestcoast:  you should be fine with pops of color under your suits. 🙂 Colored shoes and accessories also help.

Post # 12
Member
1751 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you want to experiment with color, start slowly. Maybe wear a royal blue blouse with a gray suit. Or throw on a purple scarf with a black skirt and dove-gray blouse. Since you’re in the PNW, try a burgandy or emerald coat. Test the waters and see what the reaction is from your boss/co-workers. If they offer a compliment or polite remark, you’re good to go. If they raise eyebrows and look away, well, they obviously need to loosen up a bit. Good luck! 

P.S. I totally get what you’re saying about wearing clothes that can be detrimental to your credibility, especially as a female employee in a male-dominated industry. That’s just stupid, pre-concieved societal notions at work and while many people disagree with them, the fact remains that they do exist and are more prevalent in some industries than others. 

Post # 13
Member
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

I think it’d be fine to throw in a little splash of color in an otherwise monotone environment. It’s not as if you’d be going Legally Blonde, or anything; just subtle hints of color that will blend in but still allow you to express your personality.

Post # 14
Member
3260 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrswestcoast:  Do it, but it do it tastefully, I’d say.  If it’s quite a conservative environment (sounds like it is) take your cue from the men’s ties, shirts, and pocket squares (the more stylish men).  Also, depending on the social/cultural dynamics, more colour for a woman might simply be seen as normal, or, if you find that you need to make yourself more masculine in order to be taken seriously (I hope you don’t, but some places are still like that) then you might want to be more stoic than the men.

If you don’t think that you can do coloured suits or blouses, then do it with jewelery. 

The topic ‘Can color be acceptable in a business environment?’ is closed to new replies.

Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors