A work wardrobe has to be comfortable yet professional. No wrinkles, no cheap fabrics and certainly no frays. Top quality doesn’t have to cost the earth though, and the best dressed in the workplace are usually shopping to suit their style as well as their budget.
The fitted suit can be bought tailor-made or off the rack. A tailor-made suit will set you back a few hundred pounds more than a pre-made suit, but the impeccable fit in a hand-picked fabric will never go out of style. Pre-made suits should be selected with care, whether you’re aiming for matching trousers or a skirt suit. Make sure the jacket fastens comfortably without straining the fabric. Lapels should rest flat against the chest and your collar shouldn’t tug at your shirt. You should be able to tuck a finger between the waistband of your trousers or skirt for a comfortable but professional fit.
Team with classic court shoes or brogues for a sharp look and make sure your handbag matches in terms of quality. There’s no point splashing out on a fabulous, cutting edge suit if you’re going to lug your tatty old handbag around with you. If your work requires it, a briefcase provides an excellent professional edge.
In the summer months, a full suit might seem a little much. Team pencil skirts with well-fitted blouses for a cooler look that still ranks high in the professional stakes. Sheer tights with a low denier are a cool yet professional alternative to bare legs, and capped sleeves are just as smart as full-length.
Office-ready dresses are big this year, with sharp and modest cuts big on the high street. Wear a smart dress with sensible heels and a fitted jacket for a demure look, ideal for the office.
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