Post # 1
I am HORRIBLE when it comes to fashion. Luckily, the company I work for allows jeans and sneakers – needless to say, that’s pretty much what I wear every day (once in a while I’ll switch the jeans out for khakis…).
I basically feel like a slob every day. Don’t get me wrong, I make the effort to make my hair presentable (I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis), etc. So it’s not like I’m an umkempt mess, ha. I would just like to slowly bring in more “professional” items into my wardrobe. I guess I don’t know wear to start!
So, let’s start with a simple question: Office-working bees, what do you normally wear every day? Pictures?? Any ideas to start me off slow with sprucing up the wardrobe!?
I’m a hot mess 🙂
Post # 3
You can’t go wrong with nice slacks and flats (or heels). That’ll kick you up a notch or two without much effort or expense, and they’re pretty comfy too.
Post # 4
Just commenting so I can come back and read responses!
I’m the same way. I’m so hopeless when it comes to fashion and my office also has no dress code. I frequently wear jeans, tees, and flip-flops. In the winter it’s jeans, sweaters, and boots. But I don’t wear makeup AND don’t do much with my hair except wear it up.
So you’re not alone! I’m interested to see what people say because I’m actively looking for a new job, and will need tips for when I have to go “business casual.”
Post # 5
One of the downsides of being a stay at home wife/mom is that I don’t get to dress up..and I miss it!! ( I’m that overdressed Mom at karate lessons)
Start with your basics -solid black pants, a stripe pant, a grey pant..solid shirts…and work your way out!! Also, for your basic pieces, better brands are key. You will wear/launder them the most. Accessorize!! A simple white shirt/black pants/flat shoe (if you’re opposed to heels) with accessories can look different every time you wear it.
Post # 6
This was on Shopbop a while ago and I absolutly loved the concept!
Basically you find pieces that can all be worn together so that no matter what you throw on you look great! Of course a lot of these pieces are very expensive but its a good reference when trying to create a wardrobe that goes together! You could always find look a like items at more affordable stores =)
Post # 7
Accessories. If there is a simple way to add to an outfit it is accessories. Plus, you can get away with just a few staple items like a nice dress or black slacks and with a simple touch suh as a scarf or statement necklace you can completely change the look of your outfit. I like to stalk the clearance racks at stores for great deals.
Post # 8
Stalk your local TJ Maxx or Marshalls for higher quality brands on the cheap!! I’m always finding DKNY pieces that I would refuse to pay for at big department stores.
When you’re starting out, stick with neutral colors..you can always add a bright shirt or patterned shoes.
Post # 9
I certaintly don’t look like this when I am at my job cleaning toilets… but the point about getting slacks and nice looking flats is a good start!
Post # 10
@happyface: Haha!! I always have good intentions, but my Old Navy shorts/no bra/bleached tee is sooo much more comfy.
Post # 11
I feel you! Although in my case, I dress like this because I work in a lab and all my clothes slowly get ruined. I still spend money on nice clothes….I just hardly ever wear them! lol
Post # 12
i like blazers, you can dress them up or down 🙂
i always think heel make an outfirt, you can wear a simple blouse and nice jeans but i think hell just finish a look 🙂
Post # 13
I wear a combination of things/styles but I tend to gravitate towards:
- Skinny jeans with boots/flats/heels/sandals ( depending in weather and my outfit)
- Blazers, fitted jackets in the fall/winter and light weight cover up in the summer ( it’s freezing in my office)
- I like a pop of color somewhere, even if it’s just a bracelet or a bright top with dark wash jeans
- A nice watch, earrings or a bold necklace can make you look more ” put together”, so I always accessorize , even if it’s just something small
I like a pair of great fitting bootcut jeans– I wear them with small heels and I always feel put together with them.
Blazer trend I currently like… Scrunched arms with a loose fit:
Post # 14
@Meeshmallow For work I wear slacks, a cute yet professional top, heels and accessories, 5/5 days a week this is me, and I have a variety of each in several colors. On important days, I put on a suit w/ heels and accessories. But I love fashion and dressing up so that’s just me.
I don’t know your personal style but I would suggest you find a few key peices that you like and feel comfortable in and that fit you well, things that you can mix and match and take it from there, and definitely don’t be afraid to use colors. Good luck! You can do it!
Post # 15
A jacket or a sweater is an easy way to pull an outfit together.
For example: Khaki pants, red shirt, black jacket, coordinating accessories and cute ballet flats is simple and classic.
Get some basic layering pieces to mix and match with what you already own. You don’t have to overdo the jewelry but one statement piece, necklace or earrings for example (not together, one or the other) helps an outfit look purposeful and stylish. Belts are good for this, too.
Pay attention most of all to fit and cut. Only wear good quality pieces that fit your body type. Buy things that go with what you already own.
Assorted ballet flats or heels, a few pieces of stylish jewelry and accessories such as handbags and belts make a difference.
Nails and hair should also be paid attention to. People notice these little details.
Once you start dressing in a more professional way you’ll notice a difference in the way you’re perceived in the workplace. 🙂 People tend to take you more seriously if you’re dressed appropriately.
Post # 16
@meeshmallow- I’m in the same boat as you, jeans and flip flops all spring/summer/as much in to fall as I can go for NY. I guess after 5 years I’m just lazy at work clothing, it’s sad, I should kick it up a notch. I’ll be checking the thread for advice!