It’s 2018, which means more female bosses than ever before. The number of women working in male-dominated industries such as law, finance, and construction is on the up, with a particular rise seen amongst engineers and architects. Many women working in these industries struggle to put together a workwear wardrobe, opting for a suit for ease.
However, being a high-powered career woman doesn’t mean losing your sense of femininity or fashion flair in the workspace. To prove it, Savoir Flair rounds up five tips for women working in a corporate environment.
Be Experimental with Silhouettes
Although working in a formal environment can often mean that you need to stick to a uniform of shirts, tailored pants, and smart blazers, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. Stand out from the corporate crowd in exaggerated sleeves, wide-leg trousers, or bold stitching.
Be Conservative with Colors
The best way to strike a balance between ‘fashion girl’ and ‘girl who means business’ is by choosing interesting pieces, but sticking to neutral colors like gray, black, and beige. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking like Elle Woods on her first day of law school in Legally Blonde.
Be Bold with Accessories
Accessories should never be an afterthought. Instead, see them as the finishing touch to perfect a well put-together ensemble that offers the opportunity to bring your personality into your workwear. See yourself as the androgynous type? Go luxury backpack and simple earrings. A little more flamboyant? Try chunky necklaces and detailed handbags.
Be Creative with Footwear
There’s no reason why a corporate-appropriate look can’t be business at the top and party at the bottom. For many women, shoes are not only a form of expression, but also the most important part of their outfits. Add pops of color, on-trend details, or height to a work outfit with a good pair of shoes.
Be Smart with Layers
Adding interest to a boring work suit or corporate dress can be as simple as layering. For summer, try layering a spaghetti-strap dress with a T-shirt for a more modest approach. For winter, a staple turtleneck jumper serves as a winter layer that is practical and chic.