If you're a busy gal who finds yourself heading to happy hours and other events straight after work, then you might know a thing or two about how challenging it can be to dress for both. That's why we looked to some of our favorite celebrities to get inspiration for day-to-night looks that stand alone. Have a look, and let us know if you have any tips of your own!
When the temperatures drop, it's difficult to find ways to stay warm while still looking stylish at the office. So today, our Fashion Reporter Allison McNamara has rounded up a few easy tips to keep you looking chic during office hours. Whether it's layering a turtleneck underneath your go-to work dress or adding a luxe item like a fur collar into the mix, watch on to get all of our helpful tips! On Allison McNamara: Closed top, Vince Camuto skirt.
Whatever your profession, whatever your position, it won't hurt to follow a few essential guidelines for your office wardrobe. It isn't always easy to know what's appropriate for every office, but we're tackling the tricky dos and don'ts of work wear with these six simple tips. Regularly find yourself standing in front of your closet, struggling to decide what looks professional? Follow these rules to further your career style.
- Always aim for a polished, professional look. Regardless of your position or industry, keep things neat, clean, and work-appropriate. Whether you're the intern or the CEO, it's important to present yourself in a sophisticated way. Translation: don't let your bra straps show, keep clothes wrinkle-free, and steer clear of any footwear that's too casual.
- Invest in a tailor. Wearing clothes that fit makes a huge difference not only in how you feel about yourself, but also in how you're perceived. A perfectly tailored skirt or blazer makes you look sharp and put together, while an ill-fitting blouse or unhemmed pants can come across as apathetic. Show that you care about yourself and your job by getting your go-to items tailored.
- Narrow down the dress code rules. The definition of "casual" or "business casual" can vary from office to office, so before you show up in your Sunday sweats, ask around to find out what people usually wear. If you find that you're veering toward too-casual territory, remember that a structured jacket, jewelry, and nice shoes can help you dress up an otherwise relaxed outfit.
- Feel comfortable with casual Fridays. A casual end-of-the-week dress code is fairly standard, so don't hesitate to take advantage of the easygoing policy. Not sure how you feel about it? See what your manager wears on Fridays and use her outfits as a guideline.
- Be prepared for a variety of situations. You never know when an emergency event or an unplanned meeting might pop up, so keep a few items at the office to help your clothes shift from simple to sharp. Leave an eye-catching necklace, a pair of heels, and a classy bag in your desk just in case.
- Look for inspiration on the street. As you walk to work or grab your morning coffee, take note of what other professional women are wearing. Look around while you're on the bus, riding the elevator, or at lunch to see what works and what doesn't.
Do you have any work-wear guidelines? Share them in the comments below!
Think your office dress code is stiff, boring, and corporate? The truth is, you can still let your individuality shine when a business suit is your daily uniform. With these celebrity-inspired tips and tricks, you can express your personality and make your basics pop while still looking professional on the job.
Whether you work in a more relaxed space or report into a structured corporate environment, there are certain ensembles, desk gadgets, cubicle accessories, and tech must haves that can transform your nine-to-five into something less run o' the mill. We're all about the polished professional with a twist, and to make this holiday season's gift giving a breeze, we've handpicked office-chic pieces perfect for a well-deserving boss or cunning colleague. From a studded black iPad case to the most genius charging dock, these picks are sure to impress any of your working girlfriends. Just click through to shop 15 work-centric pieces that are sure to make you the hit of the holiday party.
This morning I took a little bit more time getting ready, putting more effort into picking an outfit and dabbing on some eyeliner. Normally, I would just put on a pair of glasses, grab whatever clean clothes I have, and rush off to work. Now that I look a little bit more polished, I suddenly feel more productive (although the morning coffee probably helped!).This makes me think that there is some truth behind the "dress for the job you want" advice.
I'm not saying you have to look like a beauty queen, but even just spending a little bit more time during your morning routine might make you look more well turned out. Do you feel that you get more work done when you try harder with your appearance?
A new guy joined Dunder Mifflin on last night's episode of The Office, and he's making everyone swoon. In fact, Danny Cordray, who is played by Timothy Olyphant, is so handsome, Michael thought he was a male model. I'm excited to see how Danny's going to stir things up at work. After all, he dated Pam a few years ago, and before he was hired, he used to steal clients away from Dunder. I admit, he does look pretty crushworthy, but there are many ways you can look good at the office, too! Remember, you want to look great, but not as distractingly hot as Danny is. Here are three tips you should keep in mind:
- Stay comfortable: Wear clothing that you feel comfortable in. For example, don't wear shoes that pinch your feet or shirts so tight that you won't be able to breathe. You do not want to look like you're in pain; you want to look confident and fresh.
- Don't overdo it: You're in the office. It's daytime. Keep those two things in mind and dress yourself appropriately. Lay off the Snooki poof and the heavy makeup.
- Figure out the office fashion: Observe what your fellow co-workers are wearing, and follow in their footsteps. That's the easiest rule of how to dress accordingly to your company's officewear guidelines. After all, you don't want to be the one all suited up when everyone's wearing sundresses!
Is this another ingenious Japanese invention or just another crazy one? All you need to do is plug the necktie cooler ($88) into a USB port and feel immediate relief from the heat when your tie starts blowing at you. Hmm, would this be a potential gift for your significant other or do you think you'll receive a weird look from him?
My friend has a beautiful flip flop collection that she often wears to work. She feels that when the sandals are not made of rubber, they look appropriate enough for work. Keep in mind that this all depends on what kind of company you're working for.
Can you get away with wearing schmancy flip flops to work or do you think it's a big professional no-no?
On Friday I asked you guys to come Fab Finding with me to put together an edgy office look like this one that paraded down the runways at Rag & Bone. I found this pair of Calvin Klein Veyron Pants, available here for $282, and asked you guys to find the rest. Though I've only been doing one Fab Find Follow-Up a week, I liked your picks so much on this outfit that I decided to do another one. Everyone had a slightly different interpretation, but here are my favorite finds from different users. (To learn what a Fab Find is and how to make one, click here.)
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