Okay, so maybe not the last bit. If I made my office my own runway, my officemates and my boss(es) would throw a fit (and maybe chuck me off the fifteenth floor). I wouldn’t put it past them to vandalize my cubicle too–the last I checked, I’ve been missing a few photos of myself so God only knows what they did with those (hopefully not some witch doctor).
So I’m writing about this topic because I’ve been receiving a few emails and comments, prompting me to write a short “how to” about work fashion. For someone with a corporate background, you’re probably wondering “why now?”–since, I’d most likely be a fount of knowledge at this point, right?
You know how in school, there’s always that one girl wearing her skirt two inches shorter than allowed? Well, in the office, I’m that girl. I’m not really one to adhere to the corporate dress code and it goes without saying that I’m the type to receive heaps of memos reprimanding me about the length of my skirt and the inappropriateness of my Friday outfit.
It’s only until as of late that I’ve learned to embrace the parameters set by well, most corporations.
Sure, I still stray once in a while but I think that constant desire to stray makes you think up of creative ways to concocting an outfit that’s safe for the work environment and still pretty much loyal to your tastes. Here are a few work-wear fashion FAQs (brought to you by the crazy person in the photo below):
What they really mean about appropriate dressing?
When your boss tells you to lay off the casuals, she doesn’t mean for you to come in a ball gown–so get rid of the tulle and get rid of the organza, it’s not your debut! When your peers tell you to chuck out the casuals, just make sure to leave your threadbare jeans, your cotton tanks, and your Chuck Taylors at home. A great alternative? Dark hued pants with breezy sleeved tops made of silk or chiffon.
Personally, since I don’t like pants in general, I’d trade mine in for high waisted skirts that fall mid-thigh. Yeah, a little bit short but if it’s high waisted, it gives the illusion of length (both for the skirt and your legs). To avoid looking like a sexy secretary, make sure to purchase skirts with adorable prints–like my favorite floral high-waisted skirt from Human. I love how it’s a balance of chic and casual, it’s all a matter of dressing it up.
So you can’t wear sleeveless, flats, and loud accessories?
Maybe I’m not the best person to ask about this because I always come in wearing something sleeveless, paired with my most comfortable ballerina flats, and the chunkiest accessories known to mankind–but that’s just me. Personally, I think that if you’re able to cover the important bits and still look classy, then go ahead. Just avoid anything shoulder baring, if you must, bring a cardigan or a blazer to top it off.
As for flats, just make sure it’s closed–to make it look more formal. Avoid sandals or anything that shows off your toes as they tend to make things look a tad bit too casual. Plus, if you’re already wearing the sleeveless and loud accessories combo, you need to tone down a few elements. As for accessories, I don’t think you should sacrifice the loud ones–the way I see it, statement pieces make for interesting conversations!
Hat: Greenhills Shopping Center | Hair Extensions: Elswear | Black Mesh Spandex Top: Mango | Floral High-Waisted Skirt: Human | Clutch: Accessorize | Black Wedge: So Fab! | Belt: Anne Smith | Necklace: SM Accessories | Ring: Forever 21
Photo by: The Giant Flying Robot
The best instant work-appropriate fashion tip?
Blazers!–of any color, any fabric, just make sure it’s structured. Use it to top off the most casual spandex tanks or the shortest of skirts. It’s my remedy to everything! When I think my outfit is too casual or if I have an upcoming presentation and there’s a need for me to make everyone think I mean serious business, I put on a structured blazer. It works wonders!
A LITTLE UNRELATED ANNOUNCEMENT (for those who reached near-bottom):
Instead of making this my blog’s birthday treat, I have decided to make my contest a monthly event. I’m so overwhelmed by my readers (thank you, by the way, for the comments, the kind words, the emails, and the tweets) that I’ve made it a personal goal to share my blessings with as much as everyone.
So basically, every month, I will be giving away a number of items. All you have to do is to comment on every post. If you’re new, just start. The more comments you leave in this blog, the more chances for you to win. If you tweet my blog post links, you also double your chances.
So go ahead and tell your friends!
Also, watch out for my next few posts if you want to join me in a fashion spread for Cosmopolitan, a gift loot from Multiply, contact lenses, and the announcement of August winners!