Career-Wear Ideas for Every Day of the Week
Gone are the days where work attire meant pants suits and pantyhose. Today’s workplaces are a little less formal and allow some leeway to incorporate stylish and fashionable pieces into your career wardrobe.
The type of industry you work in will still determine how dressy or casual your work clothing can be. For example, those in more creative industries, such as advertising or marketing, can get away with a more casual and trendy look, while those working in banking or law may need to look more conservative. No matter where you work, you can learn to pull together outfits that are professional but not boring.
Here are five work-wear ideas for every day of the week, so your attire never has to look boring at the office:
Monday – Classic career look
Every woman needs to own at least one pair of good black pants that can be paired with just about any top to create a classic career look. Pick a style that flatters your body type: straight leg, slim leg, wide leg, or boot-cut. Pair it with a colorful blouse and black flats or heels. The key to keeping this classic work look from getting too boring is to pick one statement piece to wear with your outfit—such as a statement necklace, a scarf, or a bright purse.
Tuesday – The work dress
Pick a style that looks professional but is still comfortable. Wrap dresses are a good choice, as are classic shift styles. Forgo the pantyhose and choose tall boots for winter or sleek heels for spring or summer. A few rules of thumb to keep in mind when choosing dresses for work—stay away from necklines that are too low-cut, spaghetti straps, and sequins—save those for your out-of-office looks.
Wednesday – Pencil skirt and top
Slim, pencil skirts are very trendy right now and look polished when paired with a blousy top and heels, or wear a shell and add a cropped blazer.
Thursday – Jacket and pants combo
Cropped, slim pants in neutrals like black, grey, or khaki are great pieces to wear to work and pair with a jacket. Add ankle booties, flats, or heels to keep the look interesting.
Friday – Casual Friday
Many work places have casual days on Friday, but it’s still important to look put-together and not too relaxed. Jeans are usually acceptable for casual Friday, but choose a dark wash to keep it professional. To keep the look more polished, skip the t-shirt and pair your jeans with a shell and less structured jacket. Flats or booties work best as footwear with a casual work look, or even flat sandals in warmer weather. Just stay away from sneakers and flip-flops at the office.
Invest in a few quality pieces for work and mix and match to keep your office look interesting.