Dressing is usually a game of layering. You have the camisole, the blouse, the cardigan and then the blazer. And you have the pressure of tailoring all of it to look both fashionable and professional. Let’s start with one of the middle layers. This Alberta Ferretti blouse would make such a grand statement at the office. Just be sure to wear a nude, white or light-colored camisole beneath it (sorry, that neckline wouldn’t cut it with the dress code), and a chic blazer over it, and you have yourself a perfect middle layer of the working wardrobe!
Then we have the outer layers. The most immediate outer layer in work wear is the blazer. But you don’t have to wear just any ordinary blazer. Why not one that shows a bit of personality, such as this one by Marni? Most blazers usually offer long sleeves or short sleeves – but an elbow-length sleeve blazer with asymmetrical styling? Now that is fashion-forward work chic!
Finally we have the final outer layer, the jacket. You can have a bit more fun with this piece as you usually take it off when you get to the office, and put it on right before you leave. Therefore, the next time you’re wearing a suit you want to compliment and the longer pea or down coat just makes you look boxy, perhaps opt for a fitted bomber coat with glamorous detailing. I really love this one from Joie, for example. It’s shown with jeans, but imagine it with a power suit and elbow-length gloves and a cloche. Très chic, yes? Oui!