The Best Summer Work Blouse by Kathrine Eldridge, Wardrobe Stylist

A big question that’s asked of me time and and time again is what to wear to work. I’ll be answering that question in great detail tomorrow at the first ever BOMA Fashion Show. I will be the resident fashion stylist on their panel for this luncheon. What is acceptable is constantly changing but there are some tried and true styling tips that will help you look your best in any work environment. Normally I style women but I’m including the guys this time around.

Interview Attire

My suggestion right off the bat with an interview is to dress for the job you want not the job you have. This calls for professional business attire for both men and women.

Women – This look consists of a blazer, blouse, and dress pants/pencil skirt. I recommend going with solid dark neutral colors, mid or low closed toe heels, and minimal but classic jewelry. (If you are wearing a skirt, make sure it doesn’t go higher than two fingers distance above the knee. Hosiery is a must.)

What to Wear to Work by Kathrine Eldridge, Wardrobe Stylist

Women’s Image via J. Crew.

Men – This look consists of a suit jacket and slacks with a shirt and tie. (The tie should hit the the top of your belt.)

An Interview look for men.

Men’s image via He Spoke Style

Tips for both looks – Make sure clothes are well-fitted and wrinkle free. Shoes need to be clean and it’s a good idea to have them match your belt is possible. Go for solid dark neutral colors.

Business Casual

Business casual can go so many different ways. I think what’s important to figure out when you work for a company is what type of business casual they prefer. Do they lean towards business casual or smart business casual?

Business casual is a style of dress for a professional work environment.

Women – Business casual for women means forgoing a suit and working with separates instead. I encourage women to be adventurous with textures and colors more. Feel free to lose the jacket and maybe work a dress into your wardrobe.

Transitioning into fall with this blue blazer and patterned tank blouse combo.
A business casual look for men.

Men – Business casual means that suit and tie is optional. I encourage men to add some sweaters and chinos to the mix. Feel free to wear more colors and patterns as well.

Smart Business Casual

Smart business casual for both is a mixture of professional and informal attire. Most of the time this means that you can add denim to the mix. This designation (in my opinion) gives you even more freedom with color and styling as well.

A smart business casual look featuring dark flared jeans and a snakeskin blouse.
A smart business casual look for men.

Tip – If you wear jeans, they must be distress-free and dark in color. You must keep it looking polished and professional!

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg for appropriate workwear. Still not feeling comfortable about what to wear in your office environment? Contact me here to get help with your wardrobe so you can make the best possible impression at work!