Fall Fashion for the Working Woman

How can you be your stylish self and still show up looking great to work every morning? Thankfully, it’s not as difficult as you might expect. By following a few simple guidelines, you can remain fashionable yet still work appropriate in any type of setting. From the boardroom to the office and everywhere in between, you *can* partake in fall’s hottest looks without attracting a reprimand from your boss.

Think Dignified, Not Distracting
Looking dignified doesn’t mean you have to appear prim and proper, merely polished. As a rule, a distracting accessory or item of clothing generally means you shouldn’t be wearing it to the office. You don’t have to sacrifice style for your career, but it’s important to keep your attire appropriate. Save the trendy stuff for weekend wear! Additionally, keep in mind that the colors you choose send a message to your supervisors about your attitude towards  your career. For example, you may want to choose colors that reflect certain qualities such as red, black, brown, or navy. Jazzed up in a pantsuit or coupled with a feminine skirt in pastel shades, these powerhouse options are a great bet for the working woman this season.

Don’t forget about your accessories, either! Fashionable clothing is important, but a well placed accessory ties the ensemble together. You’ll want to follow the same guidelines for clothing by sticking to minimal jewelry in muted shades and styles. For example, skip the dangly earrings altogether and go for studs or small hoops. If you must wear bracelets, eliminate the “jangle” factor by wearing one bangle rather than each piece from your jewelry box Project a professional image by keeping the rest of your attire neat and polished, and you won’t have to worry about being on the receiving end of a tongue lashing from your supervisor. What’s more, you’ll still look very chic this season while projecting a dignified image.

Looks To Avoid
While you may want to sample every trendy item that appears on Fall’s fashion runways, you must stop to think about the image you’re projecting to your fellow co-workers and supervisors. There are certain attire rules in the workplace you must follow, especially working in an office environment. For example, you don’t want to risk looking too sexy at work by donning a see-through lacy top or a spaghetti strap camisole. If you must wear a tank top, choose a neutral colored shell underneath a more professional suit jacket to give your look the polish it needs. Additionally, you don’t want to look too casual within the workplace either. Jeans and shorts are definitely a no-no (unless your company has a special policy, play it safe by abiding these common sense guidelines.) Sneakers, hats and baggy clothing are also territory you don’t want to enter.

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