Work fashion can seem challenging. Many professional women choose not to experiment outside the black pant-suit, high heels and white shirt staple. But, what seeming conservative or restrained isn’t always the best strategy. Yes, you are expected to look professional and demure but you don’t want to run the risk of being boring either.
One could argue that a company’s work culture has more to influence over your work-wear style than other factors. That might be true but there should never be an excuse to wear boring office outfits. Hence, here is a roundup of the best styles to wear to work in 2017.
Opt for Funky
Instead of work pants, consider culottes which are such a cute clothing item. They are perfectly appropriate for work and they also satisfy the fun to trendy ratio. Culottes are also known as palazzo pants. They were previously available in gingham styles only but this season, they are reinventing itself with floral prints. You can even wear culottes jumpsuits or you can wear these funky pants with capes (for a make-shift work suit if you match the pants’ color with the cape’s). If you’re feeling especially courageous then wear these pants in leather.
Leather is a sophisticated look for the office and you can experiment with them in ruffle pencil skirts or pleated skirts as well. Pair these skirts with embroidered tops or shirts. You will make for an office-appropriate career woman who knows her trendy work fashion! The amalgamation of different styles can be tied together nicely if paired with a classic hobo or a tote bag.
Another trendy twist on a classic work style is the shirt dress. These comfy dresses can be worn with a belted accessory. The most common style available in this dress used to be the stripe, midi-length kind but a more contemporary style is the poplin shirt dress. Another fashionable dress is the ankle-length turtleneck dress.
The collared work-shirt is also getting a facelift this season as shirts with various patterns and in vibrant colors flood the markets. In addition, shirts with flared sleeves and asymmetric hemlines are also very out-of-the-box business casual styles.
Notable Footwear Styles
It appears that women’s office wear is starting to borrow heavily from men’s wear styles. Shoes are no exception: case in point are the classic penny style loafers that have become a work-wear staple recently. Other types of loafers that have become commonplace recently are the slip-on loafers.
Closed-toe shoes seem to be the go-to when it comes to business casual work-wear styles. If you’re not the heel kinda gal but you don’t want to limit yourself to loafers only then you can even try donning some boots to work. There is no shame in rocking boots in summer either – you can wear a plain dress or top-skirt combo with simple ankle sole boots (in kitten or high heels) in the same shade for a monochrome look. If you would like to wear some heels but don’t want to endure blisters, then mules are the way to go.