Word To The Wise (Part 1): Smart Casual Workwear Ideas for Women

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“Fashion is the best armor to survive the reality of everyday life.”

~ Bill Cunningham

Working women are our superheroes—juggling personal lives with a multitude of complex situations at work. Casual workplaces often bypass the respected norms of formal dressing, the absence of appropriate attire is a legitimate lament. From impromptu conferences to black tie galas, the daily grind of everyday office scenarios, each one unique, is made more pliable with a thought to fashion. 

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Look 1: The Interview D-Day Hoping to be hired? A pair of white formal denims with a nude or black fitted collared shirt and basic ballet flats is an impressionable pick.  

Look 2: Women of the World Unite? When trying to “fit in” to a new workplace, keep it casually chic. Fitted denims and a plain and somber shirt should work, but who’s to say that won’t look sexy either! Don’t try to fit in.  

Look 3: Let’s Talk Business The day you meet a major client for the very first time, a sleek and glamorous yet reserved perfectly tailored suit in a pastel or bright shade is a nifty choice.

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Look 4: Red Carpet Ready For special galas, a classic monochrome cocktail dress, bright or pastel, is a great pick. Subtle revealing details will show of the ‘serious’ businesswoman’s glamorous side.

Look 5: Ruthless Competition Competing for a promotion? An ensemble that screams ‘I’m here to rule’ is clichéd but precise. Wear a pencil skirt, dress shirt, and figure hugging blazer paired with pointed stilettos to create a strong impression.

Look 6: See Me Because I’m Not Trying To Be Seen When you’ve your sights on the gentleman working on the fifth floor of your office building, pick an outfit that shows your distinct personal style. Less is more—wear anything as long as you wear it with your confidence and persona.

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Look 7: Bah Humbug! Need an early day off work? Whether you are sick or have a better place to be, dress down. Plain pants, a simple shirt and minimal make-up will get you through. Spruce up on your way out.

Look 8: Get To The Point, Will You The day you are determined to seal a deal, wear an ensemble to reassure the client of your credibility and ability. A classic business suit (pant-suit or with a pencil skirt) does the trick.

Look 9: I Am That Good On your final day at work, dress to make a memorable impression. Your favourite day dress will make the cut—and might just tell the difficult bosses what they have lost. 

Images: Bonmarche/PRShots; LaRedoute/Prshots; Prym; Remanika; ShopbopShuffle; Shutterstock

 

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