We’re going to say what no one else dares to say for fear of sounding like a downer (especially at the one time of the year where positivity seems to burst from the seams), but it can be pretty hard to rock the whole “new year, new me” philosophy when you are rocking the same old job. You’ve just been given a week-plus off for good behaviour and you spent it doing everything you can to forget about your mundane nine to five, only for it to hit you like a snow shovel. However, there is a way to make this reality-slap sting less and it is all to do with your style.
Now, we don’t care what you have been telling your friends and family over the festive period, every girl wonders how they can look as stylish inside the office as they do on the weekends. It’s a natural part of womanhood. Think about it. You spend the majority of your conscious-life at work, which means your work wardrobe is the most important fashion niche in your life. Period.
So, in order to help you grab hold of the “new year, new me” feeling and start this year at your absolute best, we have come up with some top tips to help you feel your absolute best.
Read on to see which style trends need to be given pride of place in your closet this year; the kind that will dazzle all of your colleagues and grab the attention of the higher-ups holding the key to a bigger salary.
- The Tailored Blazer
A blazer that fits your shape to a T has long been celebrated as a must-have piece of fashion, and nothing has changed. It is just the easiest way to look both sophisticated and stylish, which is exactly the kind of mannequin you want to be. It doesn’t matter if the sun is shining or the office heater is on; it’s something that can be paired with everything from a blouse to a sundress, a tank top to jeans. If you’re wondering where to start, black is best. It’s a classic. It’s the one that will get more use than anything else. Of course, if you want to start a collection, navy and white are two other good options, as are neutral shades and even printed styles.
- The Button-Down Shirt
If we were to walk into a handful of offices, pull out a clipboard and take a poll, the button-down would come out as overlooked and underrated. But to take this staple piece of workwear for granted would be a huge fashion faux-pas, especially in the modern office, as this one on www.urbanoutfitters.com proves. It is one of the jolly-old items that never stops working its magic. Put it on under that tailored blazer you just invested in, slip it on over that pencil skirt you were starting to get a little bit bored of or use it to bring your slacks to life in a way that makes you look like truly polished. We all have the morning where we don’t hear our alarms and find ourselves rushing through shower, breakfast and dressing. Well, the button-down means little to no planning.
- Glasses Not Contacts
No one likes a label – unless that label is working in your favor. That’s the exception to the rule, which is why you should be embracing the fact you need glasses instead of hiding it through the medium of itchy-contacts. People who wear glasses look more sophisticated. They look like they are more productive. But why just be a perception when you could quickly visit www.spektrumglasses.com and become the reality. What we are trying to say is, not all glasses were born equal. Some were born to protect your eyes from blue-light (yup, we’re talking about your nasty computer-slash-phone screen) as much as UV light. Buy a pair of these and you’ll find your manager will a) start to take your more seriously, b) realise how great you look, and c) how awesome the work you are delivering is.
- The Blouse Is Back
If there is one rule you need to know about when it comes to the workwear wardrobe it’s this: there is no such thing as too many blouses. It’s as simple as that. So, if you walked past a one/two/three/five (delete accordingly) blouses in the January sales that caught your eye then give into that little voice and treat yourself. After all, they’re the kind of things you can wear at work, in the evenings and at weekends, which means they’re gonna get their fair share of wear. Trust us on that.
- The Timeless Watch
It only takes one scroll through Facebook-slash-Instagram for you to perform the screenshot maneuver a dozen times. Once again, a watch is one of those accessories that is well worth you struggling to pay rent this month. A classic timepiece oozes sophistication and style and finishes off a look in the kind of way that costume jewelry never can. Of course, if you need to add some more weight to your argument, then you can’t ignore the subliminal messages it gives off; punctuality and timeliness. But before you go and grab something “on point” and “right now” so to speak, try and avoid going for something that is trendy this week, such as an oversized face. Smaller, more classic watches will always be in style. Remember that.
- The Black Pump
Choosing shoes is one of the fashion problems all fashionistas face. But, as far as ‘flavor of the weeks’ go, none has been more steadfast or reliable than the classic black pump. Monday morning team building, lunchtime client meetings, a date with your crush after work and a spontaneous weekend on the town; the polished black pump works with them all. It’s sharp, it’s sophisticated, it’s stylish, it’s the cherry on top of almost every outfit and it produces a silhouette that will make you feel a million bucks.
Sure, you may be working the same dull job you keep threatening to leave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for you this year.