Definitely invest in a few skirts and cardigans. I would avoid blazers—the unbuttoned, long blazers that are in fashion (like this) aren’t office-appropriate, and I’m not a fan of the powerwoman look with a traditional fitted blazer and pinstripe pants.
If you’re not going to wear tights underneath, I would suggest knee-length pencil skirts—showing a lot of skin above the knee is risky in the workforce. To make it less drab, play around with color palettes.
I’m working in a few different places this summer, and one of them is more relaxed than the others; for example, yesterday I wore this skirt# in charcoal and a mustard yellow cardigan with a thin belt—because the skirt is short, I wore tights and flats. you can accessorize with jewelry, but don’t wear anything flashy and in-your-face.
honestly, I would wear something ‘safe’ the first day (i.e. more formal rather than less), and see what other people are wearing. you don’t have to dress exactly like them, but you really don’t want to stand out in the wrong way. “smart casual” seems pretty relaxed, so you might be able to get away with wearing something like this or this or this or this or this, for suggestions.posted over 2 years ago
Thanks! I have really cute blouses which will be appropriate for work I think. I am gonna wear tights and flats most of the time with a skirt.I’ll invest in some cardigans.
What about trousers? i don’t like wide leg trousers and would prefer something like a skinny trouser with a professional top,what do you think?posted over 2 years ago
For a “smart casual” workplace with mostly young employees, I think a skinny trouser would be fine, especially if you wear them with longer tops, cardigans, etc. (I think the biggest potential issue with the skinny cut is too much attention to the backside area, so if you minimize that you’re golden). You can also find slim-cut (straight leg, “barely bootleg,” etc) trousers that aren’t like skin-tight tapered skinny but still far from wide leg, which would be perfect for work and would pair well with tops you would usually wear with skinnies.
Newamericanclassic has great tips, and I especially back up what she said about watching what others wear. Stick to classic and perhaps a little more formal at first, but within a couple weeks you’ll get a feel for the range of what is appropriate for your workplace and it will become easier and easier to put together work outfits or know what to buy for work when you go shopping.posted over 2 years ago
This will be a messy reply with lots of ideas. Sorry.
There’s a blog called J’s Everyday Fashion you should look at, she has some great workwear outfits, and also great tips on how to dress for the office, ie:
On office dress codes
Dressing for the office help
You can also take a look at The New Professional , for inspiration for outfits, but also for how-to’s on basically anything in the business world.
My favourite blogs are Monochromachic and 9to5chic , and they both have a really chic, sleek style with attention to details, and offer great new ways to challenge the meaning of appropriate workwear.posted over 2 years ago
Invest in some staple pieces, cardigans, blouses, trousers, skirts are all good. If when you start you find that dark wash denim can be worn, pairing it with a fitted blazer and loafers would be a nice outfit. Do you know exactly what other people who work there wear? It’s always a good idea to invest in the staples and wait and see after the first week what people actually wear on a day to day basis for work and go from thereposted over 2 years ago
blazers, pencil skirts, vests, shirts, cool accesories, comfy neutral shoes, trouser pants….posted over 2 years ago
When I went to the interview no one was really wearing full on suits, just cardigans or a smart shirt and trousers.posted over 2 years ago