Do you struggle to put together a stylish outfit in the morning? Bored of all your dull, unfashionable work outfits? It’s tough doing your job and looking on-trend at the same time, but what we wear to work can boost our mood and even our productivity! However, many of us feel that we don’t have time to stay on top of workplace fashion and end up wearing the same old outfits day in, day out.
If you feel like you’re stuck in a fashion rut with your workwear, we’re here to teach you how to keep up with trends in the workplace, so you can strut your stuff in the office.
Do your homework
One of the easiest ways to stay up-to-date with workplace fashion is by reading beauty and fashion magazines and blogs. You’ll find tonnes of ideas, from seasonal trends to timeless pieces, so get stuck in and do some reading. Magazines also offer useful tips on what colours and styles will suit you best. If you have a favourite celebrity, check out what they’ve been wearing as inspiration for your work wardrobe!
This super-smart pencil skirt could have come straight from the pages of a glossy magazine:
Be a copycat
We all know that imitation is a form of flattery, and that’s definitely true in the workplace. If you’re lacking inspo and you have a few fashionista friends at work, why not steal their style and make it your own? If you can’t tell your high street from your haute couture, but your colleagues are much more clued-up, let them do the groundwork for you. Ask them for some advice on what styles suit you best – they’ll probably be only too happy to help you out!
Invest in staples
Although fads come and go, some pieces never go out of fashion. Invest in staple garments for each season and you’ll always look on-trend. It’s a good idea to create a capsule wardrobe – a collection of essential clothing items that you can rock all year-round, such as neutral coloured skirts, tops and coats. A few pairs of shoes that go with every outfit are the cherry on top of the cake.
A blouses always come in handy, such as this chic pick:
Keep something up your sleeve
If your job involves attending events or parties, you’ll need something a little more ‘wow’ for those occasions. If there’s an important event coming up and you’re clueless about what to wear, don’t stress. Have a look at what celebrities have been wearing to awards ceremonies and scout out the high street for a similar outfit. Depending on the season, you might want to go for a short dress, maxi dress, or even a jumpsuit. A great hack is to keep a pair of high heels under your desk, so you can make an effortless transformation from day to night if you have a last-minute work event.
If your budget won’t stretch to a completely new outfit, try pooling outfits with your work friends and mix and matching – that way you can be fashionable without breaking the bank!
A simple pair of high heels could come in handy for an after-work event:
Hit the shops
An easy way to stay fashion-forward is to have a look around the shops – you could even pop out on your lunch break or after work. Most shops have a dedicated workwear section with the latest trends, so have a browse and see what takes your fancy. Take your gal pals with you and enjoy a girly lunch after all your hard work.
Can’t get away from your desk? Head online on your lunch break and shop to your heart’s content! Most high street shops also have online outlets, and you can filter results by ‘workwear’ to make everything easier.