In choosing outfits for what you’re going to wear to work, you have to be careful to fit into the culture of your workplace as well as the responsibilities and tasks you might have during the day. If you’re going to be running around town all day on cobblestone roads, don’t wear your favourite platform stilettos. If you’re going to be in meetings with important fashion clients, don’t wear sweatpants. There are tons of dos and don’ts when it comes to fashion in the workplace, but here are a few basic tips:
Be comfortable. Don’t wear anything that makes you uncomfortable. It’s really that easy. Now, this isn’t to say you should be showing up to work in sweatpants. But don’t wear pants if you’re more comfortable in a dress, and don’t choose to wear heels if you can’t walk in them. Wear clothes that fit the kind of day you have — don’t wear all synthetics if it’s hot and humid, wear linens and cottons that will help keep you cool and calm.
Choose classic over trendy when you can. Unless you work in an exceptionally fashion-forward workplace, there’s no reason you have to wear the latest styles every day. Own and wear mostly classically flattering, well-cut pieces, and accent your wardrobe with less expensive (but trendy) pieces, no more than a few per trend. That way you have an effortless style that never goes out of vogue, but you’ve got those few pieces for when you want to match the trends. It’s better to invest in a flattering wardrobe than to try and meld yourself to fit the latest fashions.
Dress to stand out — in a good way. If your workplace does a business casual kind of code, you can often get away with jeans and a pair of boots with the right top, or a sundress with the right cardigan in summer. But gauge what you wear based on what people around you are wearing. If everyone wears suits and ties, consider suiting up yourself — or finding a comfortable, stylish alternative to suits that doesn’t set you apart negatively, but distinguishes you in a unique and positive way. Similarly, if everyone around you wears tshirts and jeans, there’s no need to come into work in the hippest, trendiest outfit. Present yourself cleanly and stylishly, and you’ll attract the right kind of attention.
Of course, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt — base it on your own workplace and your own experiences!