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For the longest time I worked in an environment where we dressed so stuffy. We were instructed to not look sexy at all as it was distracting for patients, which I totally understand (and agree with in certain professions). At 23, I couldn’t compute what that meant and began just dressing in the most basic, drab way. Bootcut dress pants, flats, basic blouse, and a scarf to cover my chest. So. So. So. Boring.
So as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned how to dress appropriately for my workplace without totally losing myself. Style, to me, is self-expression and is also a representation of who I am to the people with whom I interact. That’s important! (Plus I work with teenagers often and we know they will eye roll and emotionally check-out if I dress too old…Ha!)
So, I have a few “formulas” or methods for each season. Here goes!
Simplest first. Tunic length sweaters with leggings and over the knee boots. Quality leggings are important so they’re not see-through at all. Nobody needs to see that! Second, the sweater needs to completely cover the behind. For super cold days I’m completely comfortable, covered, and appropriate for a casual business environment. If leggings aren’t your thing, you can totally substitute any skinny pant that has a pull on waist (button fly will usually show through the sweater and give unwanted lumps.).
The second way I like to incorporate a little more me into business is by using unexpected prints and pops of color into classic shapes. (Think black pants and white button up with a twist each time.)
The third option (for today) is my personal favorite. I love love love a good graphic tee. Although the normal way most of us wear one is with jeans and sneakers, I get more wear out of them when I pair them with more professional pieces. Adding a boyfriend blazer and any black pant dresses them up a bit. If your workplace is dressier, choose a trouser and heel for the bottom half and you’re instantly more polished. (And yes, my life (boxes etc.) is in my bedroom as we get through this renovation!)
So that’s it. Hope this gives your some ideas of how to avoid the hum drum work wear for the casual environment!