The manual on the workplace dress code is sadly outdated. The typical language in a corporate environment focuses on business attire. That usually means no jeans, shorts, strappy tops, sandals or flip flops and hemlines that don’t go more than a few inches above the knee. Pretty typical. However with all the start-ups and small businesses booming around the world, the business world is changing – as is its dress code. Students and recent graduates, this is your chance to shine in more ways than one!
Yes, you can wow employers and clients with your mad skills, but you can also set forth some fashion statements that are both appropriate in a professional environment but also fashion-forward. This isn’t an excuse to wear sweat pants to the office; it’s a chance to set a new office trend for the next generation; yes, that’s you.
For instance, take the jumpsuit.
Jumpsuits usually don’t make it into a conference room, much less an office. But…add a blazer, a statement watch and some poise and oila! Office chic 2.0.
The white button-down blouse has been a work staple for women from decades past. Add a full skirt for a bit of femininity. Then…why not add a bit of menswear to the feminine staple? Still work appropriate, and incredibly stylish. Plus you get two outfits for the price of one! You are a student or recent graduate – fashion flexibility is vital.
Now, the mini skirt is a hard one for me to get behind as I do think they can be quite inappropriate, especially when sitting down. No one at the office needs to see your thigh. But alas I have seen offices accept the mini skirt more and more, so I’ll compromise (a wee bit) and say that if it is an accepted/embraced fashion choice, then feel free to don one at the office. But make sure you wear hosiery or leggings. Sorry, I draw the line at bare legs and mini skirts at work. This look below is an adorable option for bringing the mini to work.
Finally, the dress. Dresses are usually pretty easy to wear to the office, especially as it’s so easy to layer a cardigan, shawl or blazer on over it. But the dress below showcases a statement color and a great design making it appropriate for work but glowingly youthful and energetic. Like I said, the workplace dress code is a bit old – let’s breathe some life into it!