Seek out tailored details like pleating, collars and lapels.
Shirt, sheath, and wrap dresses are your best bet.
Keep patterns reined in for a professional feel.
To Bare Arms or Not
Covering up has long been seen as most appropriate for serious business attire. And even fairly recent studies have shown that the more covered you are the more formal/professional you’ll be viewed.
If you are unsure or want to raise your image err on the side of wearing sleeves and hosiery.
Keep necklines high, hemlines moderate and dresses semi-fitted
At work you want the attention centered on the job at hand and your intellectual contribution, nothing else. Exposing cleavage, wearing minis, thigh-high slits or a skin tight dress may attract attention but not the type that advances your career. Not only is it distracting it can cause bad blood in an office if you are perceived to be using your sexuality to gain attention or favor.
Give your work dress some structure with jackets and crisp shirts
Wearing a blazer over a dress instantly increases the professionalism of your look. It also adds an extra bonus of giving your look more structure which gives the visual illusion of a trimmer waist and broader shoulders.
Wearing a crisp shirt underneath a dress also affords the dress a hint of tailored detailing.
Choose your accessories wisely
Structured boxy envelope bags and satchels maintain the modern elegance and sophistication of your office ensemble. Avoid open-toed footwear in favor of pumps in basic neutrals. Extending the formal feel to your accessories is key to giving your office look style harmony, and finishing it off with extra polish.
When it comes to jewelry, understated is the call of the day. If you want to up the ante and add a statement necklace keep your other items refined.
Cinching your waist with a belt has the added benefit of giving you a waist, but even more than that, a belt upgrades your work dress by making the total outfit look more put together.
Multi-task your dress
One of the best things about a well-considered work dress is that it will be versatile. With a change of footwear and the addition of statement accessories, your work dress can go from night to day, from office to a chic restaurant. Don’t shy away from collar necklaces with shiny and bold baubles. Embrace your love for bright and beautiful heels. These things will help you a lot in taking your look from everyday work wear to evening glamor.
Add tights/hose for a more polished feel
Don’t underestimate the addition of black tights. This classic outfit add-on will give your work dress the extra push it needs to achieve a whole new level of chic.