Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. In today’s volatile corporate world, in which your success is highly dependent on the way you present yourself to the corporate environment, the pressure to look sleek, polished and professional, not to mention chic and even a bit alluring, is higher than ever. When you mix the pressure to advance in your career or build your own empire with the pressure to look immaculate while doing it, the levels of stress are bound to spike.
However, there is absolutely no need to worry, let alone despair, simply because there are amazing outfit options out there that will work hard for you and relieve you of the responsibility to make hard and time-consuming outfit choices. You definitely can have your cake and eat it too. You just need a few key pieces that will do the legwork for you and have you looking sharp at all times.
The Perfect Alternative
Even though the dress code in most corporate environments has loosened up, one must admit that jeans aren’t really a go-to item for an important meeting during which you need to impress, dazzle and seal the deal. A great alternative, dare we say a chicer one, is to be found in black ankle pants. Black culottes can achieve almost the same effect, but ankle pants somehow exude an even more professional vibe while not lacking in the chic factor.
One Coat To Rule Them All
In the category of outerwear, there is absolutely no piece that even comes close to the classic camel trench coat. Not only is camel one of the colors that make everything look more expensive, it’s also a neutral hue that meshes wonderfully with every other hue, which saves you plenty of time and provides you with an instantly elevated look. The best aspect of it is that it works with both professional and casual attire, so if you own such an item, you are pretty much set.
Perhaps one of the strongest style statements a powerful woman can make is with an incredible bag. It should have a timeless luxurious quality to it and be solid and sturdy, big enough to fit all your go-to necessities. This accessory is worth the investment. Since we’ve already established the color that makes everything seem more elegant and pricey, investing in an incredible camel colored leather bag is the best style investment you’ll make. It will exude this powerful yet unobtrusive vibe and go amazingly well with every outfit choice. It will spare you the chore of moving everything from one bag to another every so often.
The Suit Effect
Nothing conveys professionalism like a well-tailored fitted blazer. Now, many would say that sticking with the classic black is the best way to go, but after seeing the likes of Stella McCartney do wonders with the chequered print and the transformation of the power suit, we beg to differ.
The chequered pattern has always been considered the most professional one, but for a while there it slipped out of the limelight and we forgot just how amazing it is. It’s time to turn back to it, now perhaps embrace the return of the double-breasted blazer, and following the vision of Tom Ford, throw in the mighty shoulder pads, just for that extra dose of impressiveness.
One of the most versatile yet highly underappreciated garments is definitely the white shirt. For a long time it was associated with a look that is too corporate. With so many different designs and cuts though, from flared-out, fitted, regular and oversized, this is one garment that will work for you as hard as you work for your business. It can be styled with a belt, tucked in or left over the pants, worn with a striped or crew sweater, a blazer – every option is more dazzling and effective than the previous.
You can leave a button undone and add your signature necklace or make the look more fun with a colorful neck scarf. It is high time to bring it back into your wardrobe, because every time you’re in doubt, you’ll smile with relief at the sight of it.
The Power Player
There is something about a pencil skirt that makes a woman look fierce, and even more so if the skirt in question is a sturdy leather skirt in a poignantly rich burnt orange hue. The colour will give your look the necessary vibrancy, without being ‘too much’ and you can keep the rest of the outfit in neutral tones and still stop traffic, let alone a board meeting.
Running In Heels
If you’re comfortable spending hours on end in classic leather pumps, kudos to you. However, you should know that, as a busy power player, you don’t have to put yourself through the pains and aches if that’s what these shoes are going to put you through. Hop on the new trend in power footwear – leather flats. Loafers and chic ballerina flats are the perfect alternative to sky-high heels, and when you do feel the need for a bit of elevation, mid-heel ankle boots are always there for you.
This fashion run down of staple and power pieces gives you the keys to a wardrobe that will round out your work as an entrepreneur. Don’t be afraid to pair a few different styles, as traditional corporate styles have become flexible in recent years.
Author Bio: Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about fashion-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Viva Glam Magazine, Whytt Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.
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