You tend to play down your style at the office because of your fear of violating the dress code or appearing too trendy. After all, would your boss trust you to handle important projects, much more a promotion if your office style is more trendy than professional? So you rather go for mostly neutral wear.
Add to that the mundane office work, the same dull colleague you´re seeing every day, all these make you uninspired to amp up your work outfits. But guess what? No matter how routine things seem to be, if you wear outfits to work that make you feel and look good, you´ll also be inspired to be productive at work.
This is going to be a series of posts, all about waking up your work wardrobe. Let´s start with adding bright colors to your neutral looks.
Try a Plum Belt with Camel or Gray Pants
Belts: ecvv, mytheresa, Pants: neimanmarcus, Asos
Adding a bright red or hot pink belt to neutral colored pants is not a good idea because they´d steal too much attention and bring the eyes to your mid-section or hips. It´s better to go for subtle but still statement colors such as plum. Notice how harmonious a plum belt would look on camel or gray pants.
Mix Tones from the Same Color Family
Select a boldly hued separate in a work-appropriate shape (such as a tailored skirt or cuffed trousers) and swap it into your usual ensemble. Play with hues from the same family of colors.
But don´t be too close minded when it comes to work-appropriate shapes. Remember, with the right style tricks you can also wear maxi skirt to work.
Add Bright Accessories
If you have more neutral colored separates, adding a vibrant shoe or bag would do the trick in waking up your office wear. Go for a structured handbag in a bold color with minimalist style.
Offset a Bright Skirt with a Classic Top/Blouse and Jacket
Ace the bright skirt to the office by topping it with a classic top or blouse and a classic jacket. Try a bright midi pencil skirt to wear with an animal or jacquard print top and a dark peplum jacket.
You can also look for a printed blouse with a hint of color that matches your skirt. If your colored skirt is knee-length, a classic hip-length jacket would complement it best.
Now over to you, girls, how do you add colors to your work wardrobe?