Dress for Success in the Office

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Women are taking leading roles in the corporate world. They are powerful and in control of some huge companies. Just because a woman is in a position of power does not mean that she cannot be stylish. While the average woman may not be running a company she does have an important job in her office. There are some tips about what to wear and what not to wear when going to work.
What to Wear
When dressing for work it is important that the clothing fit properly. Clothes should not be tight but they should not be baggy either. Shirts and bottoms should have a tailored look. Trousers should be fitted and skirts should be at least down to the knee. A woman should be able to sit down comfortable in her bottoms. Any type of professional jacket should be buttoned. Tops and blouses should not have an open gap between the button holes. Accessories are fine to wear to the office but they should not be too large. Earrings are acceptable but a woman should choose studs. Hoops are never professional looking. Too much jewellery can make a woman look gaudy and overdone. Shoes should be sensible. A small heel is okay but high heels are not. The shoes should be a solid colour as well.
What Not to Wear
Short or short skirts are never acceptable in the office. While women are trying to fight the stereotype that they are just sexual symbols and always has to show off their body. Wearing items that are too short have the opposite effect. Flip flops are never allowed. They look unprofessional. A woman goes to work to do a serious job not to hang out. Jeans and denim are not appropriate to wear to work.
These are just some of the items that are acceptable and not acceptable for work. A woman can still be on top of the latest fashion trends. While the office may require a professional look a woman can still express herself and be taken seriously.


Accessorize your Style and Bring your Look to Life

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Accessories can completely change the way your outfit looks and make the difference between looking nice and looking fantastic. Women have a great choice of accessories on the market to suit all budgets and these can be used to transform an outfit and make it suitable for many different situations. Here are some tips on how women can use accessories to make themselves look and feel fantastic.

Accessories for Work
Just because you are at work does not mean that you do not want to look great. However, where you work may restrict your choice of accessories. Some workplaces have a specific dress code you must adhere to based on either the image the company is trying to create or health and safety regulations. Although you must follow these rules, you can still use accessories such as a simple pair of stud earrings and a smart work bag. Simple touches, such as adding belts to an outfit, can help to achieve a more polished look.

Accessories for a Casual Look
Practicality often comes into daytime accessory decisions for women and their lifestyle will dictate their choices. Women who have a busy family life might opt simple and comfortable accessories that help their day-to-day activities run smoothly. Flat yet stylish shoes look greatbut are also ideal for women who have a hectic schedule. An oversized handbag is an excellent choice as a woman can pack everything she needs for the day into her bag.

Accessories for Evenings Out
The type of occasion or event you are attending will determine your choice of clothing. If you are having a casual drink with friends, then all you may need to do is add a touch of sparkle to an outfit you may wear in the day. Adding some glitzy jewellery, such as a trendy necklace and pair of earrings, can completely change the look. On the other hand, if you are attending a more formal event, you may want to take a little more care with your choice of outfit and accessories. A smaller bag, such as a clutch bag, should be used to carry any small items you may need during your evening out. High-heeled shoes will add a touch of glamour and sparkly jewellery will complete the look.

Your lifestyle, workplace and social life are all factors that will impact on your choice of outfit and the type of accessories you decide to wear. However, no matter where you are going or what you are doing, adding accessories can add some style to what you are wearing and make you feel fabulous.


What to Wear to a Wedding – The Ultimate Guest Guide

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Outshining the bride is the last thing any woman wants to do, even if she very well could. To this point, women have to be a bit more conservative in their dress than they might normally be. Everyone should have very germane ensembles that can be worn to weddings as the season warrants. Drawing on classic styles is very important, and avoiding ostentatious garb, jewelry and shoes are likely best, unless of course the cultural understanding calls for such. That being said, one should always want to err on the side of caution when dressing for a wedding. Nothing low-cut, and skirts should be closer to the knee than the hip! Our propensity is to always dress to showcase our features and assets, but a wedding is another person’s special day, and for that reason it is a day for every other woman to take the backseat and allow the bride to be the only person all attention is on. Be conservative, and dial it back a notch when dressing for a wedding; the key is to look appropriate and not to draw attention.

A nice, light-colored linen suit is all but perfect to wear to any summer wedding. It is smart, conservative, allows for the breeze to make its way through, and it is a very classic and dignified look. Any jewelry should be understated, and just a few items should be worn. A high heel is great, but when attending a wedding, perhaps choosing a modest heel is best. In the closet near this linen suit should be a matching, mini purse or clutch along with a matching smart phone case, if you use one. In any case, a good linen suit will get you through most any wedding from May to mid-September.

Weddings during other months are a bit more tricky. A linen suit can really make a classic statement like no other suit can. That being said, day weddings in Autumn or Spring require a little more planning. Evening weddings are a bit easier to dress for as a tasteful cocktail dress with an accompanying Balero jacket and clutch, with understated jewellery, are the best components for this type of wedding. Black is also perfectly fine for evening weddings, but having a similar, classic-style dress in a seasonal colour will help provide options should you be heading into a busy wedding season. Day weddings in the Autumn, Winter and Spring will pose a little more of a challenge. For Autumn and Winter, a conservatively coloured wool skirt or trousers, coupled with a silk blouse and understated jewellery are prudent choices. The challenge is looking appropriate, but also not like you just left your office. Jewellery can play a big part in dressing up an outfit for a Autumn or Winter wedding, but not overdoing it is best. Everything is about balance when dressing for a wedding.

Spring day weddings can be a little tricky because our propensity is to celebrate the shedding of layers, which could lead to dubious fashion choices! A slightly heavier linen suit is always nice for Spring day weddings. Changeable weather in most parts of the United States in the Spring makes it hard to select anything too far in advance of the actual date. Smart, quiet, conservative and understated are all the hallmarks of proper dress for any wedding, at any time of the year, and the Spring is no exception. Shoe choices should be stylish and smart, so perhaps you can comfortably cut a rug at these joyous events! Every other day can be about you, and celebrating what you look like, but on a wedding day, it is about another woman; it is her special day and respecting that with proper clothing choices is the best way to be a guest, and not an event.

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Women’s Winter Fashion Tips – Every Girl Needs to Know!

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Getting ready for winter means more than just getting wood for the fireplace and stocking up on fluffy winter socks, you’ve also got to find the right fashion trends that will help you look your best this season. Here are a few simple tips that will help you use some of the items in your wardrobe to look great this winter.

One of the first stylish things you can do to look your best in the winter is invest in a coat made of good material. A coat in a neutral color like brown, black or navy will go well with most of your outfits. Choose an over-sized or thin belt to cinch the coat, which shows off your figure while keeping you warm. A great winter coat is appropriate for both casual and professional wear. A pair of low-heel boots in a neutral colour like brown or black are essential for the winter, since you wear these with both pants and skirts. Boots that are come up to or near your knees look great with pencil skirts and skinny jeans. Shorter boots are a smart choice with flared skirts and cropped dress pants.

Over-sized sweaters are in style for this winter, so choose high-quality cable-knit sweaters to pair with your skinny jeans or leather leggings. If you’re into jumpers, knit jumpers are winter-chic as well. You can pair the jumper with a faux-fur vest for a carefree yet polished casual winter look.It’s also a good idea to invest in some jewel-toned sweaters or cardigans. These go great with neutral skirts and dress pants, and are the perfect way to add some colour to a professional or business casual outfit.

Finally, you can also show off your style with a patterned or colourful scarf. The scarf can be worn with your coat, of course, but you can also use a scarf to spruce off a simple outfit like a long-sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans. A scarf in a jewel tone also looks great wrapped around your winter handbag to complete your winter ensemble.

These are just a few of the things that will make your winter wardrobe stand out. Experiment with the colors and patterns in your wardrobe to come up with a seasonal look that is just right for you.


How To Dress For An Office Holiday Party

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The office holiday party causes a dilemma for many women. What to wear for the office Christmas party is a difficult question. You need to add a bit of festivity to your clothing but balance it with a conservative approach. While you need to wear something more formal than you would wear to the office during work hours, you do not want to overdo your ensemble. All aspects of your holiday outfit should reflect the image of impressing but not as if you were going out to a club for the evening. Make up, hairstyle, shoes, jewellery and clothing should be kept minimalist and somewhat conservative with just a bit of festive features.


There are many choices when deciding on the outfit you will wear to your office party. The little black dress is always a good choice. A winter white dress can make a little bit of a statement. Adding subtle festivity to a pantsuit or skirt is appropriate. If you choose to wear pants, make them tuxedo pants or well fitting pants in a solid colour or an inconspicuous pattern. Match pants with a solid colour silk or satin blouse, a solid colour well fitting cashmere sweater or a blazer. A small amount of sequins or a silver thread will give the outfit a it of holiday merriment. Skirts should be kept at knee length or mid length. They should not be tight fitting. A leather skirt is fine but should be well made and paired with a conservative top. You can go with some bold solid colours paired with a black or grey skirt or trousers or add either red or green to your outfit but not both.

Your clothing should match the formality of the party. If you go a bit more formal, remind yourself that you are not going to out clubbing. Never show cleavage or wear something that is skin tight. Christmas sweaters should be saved for a fun family party and not worn to an office function. Do not wear jingle bells which become annoying, and under no circumstances should you wear a Santa hat or a Santa outfit.


Jewellery is a great way to add a festive feel to a conservative outfit but should never be overboard. A dangling earing, a Christmas brooch or a metallic necklace or bracelet will give your outfit a festive touch while not overdoing it. Another way to add a bit of holiday cheer to your ensemble without overdoing it is to wear a Christmas themed scarf. However, that should be all that is themed in your office party look.


Heels are a must when dressing for the office holiday party. Flats will look too informal. Yet, do not wear stilettos or shoes that are uncomfortable or difficult to walk in. Find a nice pair of shoes that will compliment your outfit and add a bit of formality to your otherwise conservative ensemble. Sparkles are ok but should be of good quality.


For the office holiday party, you will want to make your make-up more dramatic than what you typically wear to work. However, you do not want to look like you are going clubbing. A bright lipstick or dramatic eye make-up is appropriate but it should be one or the other. Too much make-up will look gaudy.



Dress For Success – What to Wear to Your Job Interview

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When you’re interviewing for a new position, one of the most important things to think about is what you’re going to wear. There are lots of options when it comes to women’s professional clothing, so you can look smart and polished while still showing off your personal style.

Consider the formality of the company when preparing for your interview. For instance, if you’re interviewing for a Fortune 500 company, a skirt suit in a neutral color like black or navy blue is appropriate. If you’ve scheduled an interview with a company that is known for its creativity, a skirt or pants suit may still be fitting, but you can include a little more color in your outfit. For instance, the suit can be a jewel tone like burgundy or hunter green.

If you don’t want to wear a suit, a pair of trousers and a button-down blouse is appropriate. It’s fine to wear heels, but they shouldn’t be too high. Two or three inches for your heels is appropriate, and gives you a great silhouette if you’re wearing long trousers.

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As far as accessories go, remember that less is more when it comes to interviews. One pair of earrings is sufficient, and you can also wear a small watch. The earrings should be diamond or pearl studs; it’s best to stay away from hoops and drop earrings, as these accessories can be seen as unprofessional. To be on the safe side, don’t wear bracelets or anklets to the interview, so you don’t look too informal.

Finally, remember to wear your hair in a style that flatters your face but doesn’t give the impression that you’re heading to an evening event. A bob or pixie cut is appropriate; if your hair is longer, you can wear it in a bun or chignon. Wear a light fragrance that is not too overwhelming, and make sure you have a bright, white smile and nails that are painted in a natural colour.

By and large, employers take a conservative approach. There are some work environments which are publicly known to be casual; however, in the absence of any information to the contrary, you should always dress up rather than down for an interview.

Be confident! Confidence is a magnet that draws a prospective employer to you, telling them you are the right choice for a job. If you have carefully chosen your business apparel, confidence should be the inevitable result.