Work Fashion that works

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There is not one perfect look when it comes to work clothes. It all depends on whether you want to get the power- fashion look like Meryl Steep in The Devil Wears Prada, or the more approachable and pleasant look involving floral prints and bows. Wearing skirts or jewelry to work can be a nerve- wrecking decision. The length of the skirt, the jacket to go with it, the type of jewelry are all decisions waiting to be made. When you promotion depends on how presentable you are, you do not want to get it wrong.

Let’s start with the skirt. Wearing it short is never the right decision. Not only does it look unprofessional, it can also make you conscious of how much skin you are showing. The best length  would be an inch below the knee. Keep it straight or pencil- shaped to give it a classy look. You could chose ones with a slight slit at the back or sides to help you walk more comfortably. If you want to accentuate your waist, team it up with a belt. The trend now being narrow, glossy ones with tiny buckles.

If it is trousers you prefer, go for drain pipe ones as opposed to anything baggy or wide. A jacket completed this look. The emerging trend is for shoulder pads from the 80s. Keep the jacket short, ending before you waist.

The top to go with it can vary from a regular shirt with wide collars and short sleeves, to a chiffon top with ruffles. It all depends on the ambience at your work place, as well as your personal style. Polka dots and large shit buttons always work on this look. The material needs to be of the kind that you can comfortably work in all day.

Contrary to popular belief, jewelry can actually help you look more formal. Take a delicate string of pearls, for example, or a golden broach. Scarves look sophisticated as well. The hair need to be hassle free. Avoid make- up that requires constant top- up. Depending on your style you could chose between nude shades that make you look natural and scarlet red lips that look classic.

As far as foot-ware goes, heals make a world of difference. Not only do they make you stand tall, they alter you posture as well. Before you leave for work, stand in front of a full length mirror, make sure you spine is erect and your shoulders are pushed backwards with your chin about thirteen centimeters away from your neck. Work- politics is all about confidence and nothing makes you look more confident that a good posture.

-Lena Fernandez

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