Dressing for work is a challenge and a daily dilemma for a working woman to know what is currently appropriate to wear to the office where she is employed in a high level or a low level position. It is still best to concentrate on a perfect mix of stylish but “low key” dresses, skirts, blouses, sweaters, jackets, shoes, handbags, and jewelry.
Pay attention to the current suggestions regarding the latest and trendy clothing trends featured by designers and those who put on fashion shows as they are trend setters and know what is coming up and what will become popular currently and in the future. Those trends could become your own wardrobe staples.
“Fashion” normally refers to trend-driven clothes often with an unconventional design, while “style” refers to basic pieces and not those associated with a specific moment in time or a particular occasion.
Denim, for example, has been around “forever.” You can find a simple and basic, but also fashionable, dress made of the thick 100 percent cotton Italian chambray. It is ideal for work with its straight cut, large neck yoke, vertical sewn front pleats, piped top-stitched side pockets, set-in sleeves, slightly rounded hem, wide cuffs, and in a length slightly above the knee. The removable belt is tied in the front. The dress can be made to look “different” with accessories such as scarves or jewelry. This type of dress is long-wearing, sensible, and yet eternally chic.
The retail market for work wear has its difficulties, also, because they want to come up with new ideas in order to keep their customers interested in their lines, but they can’t change too much because they might alienate ongoing customers who want a certain basic wardrobe.
A company such as MM.LaFleur has come up with a unique idea. You fill out their questionnaire with your profession, job title, age, and office dress code. They then send you a box of “office-appropriate staples.” You can state whether your dress code is business formal, business casual, or fashion-forward. The box will contain four to six pieces, which might include dresses, separates, knits, and accessories.