Powerful women like Michelle Obama have always looked their best while doing their respective roles, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, too. In the past, it was difficult for women in the workforce to look stylish without compromising on style. That’s why designers like Coco Chanel became famous. Chanel pioneered a line that was not afraid to borrow elements from menswear, and emphasize comfort over designs that were considered fashionable but impractical.
From then on, designers have tried to find a way to make women’s everyday work clothes both stylish and functional. Plus size retailer Woman Within showcase how dresses from brands such as Chelsea Studio and Jessica London are made to fit all body types—and it applies no matter the season. Women’s work clothes have truly evolved according to modern women’s needs. So when it comes to your summer work clothes, here are a few things you need to remember:
Never compromise comfort
SOURCE: In Style
You don’t have to suffer in a tight skirt or an uncomfortable pair of heels for eight hours just because you want to ‘look the part’. You can be a respectable executive with a pair of python-print heels like Amal Clooney. So as long as you’re not violating your workplace’s dress code, don’t worry about not looking a certain way. Being comfortable in your work clothes will allow you to focus on more important things other than how you look and feel.
Invest in key items that you can mix and match
The Muse highly recommends that you go back to the basics – cropped pants, loose blouses, sleeveless shirts, midi skirts, and dresses – for your summer work clothes. It’s all about mixing and matching a dress with a blazer, or pairing pants with a loose blouse and comfy flats. This will not only make you look stylish, but also ensure you have a wide variety of different work outfits without breaking the bank.
Don’t be afraid of a little pop of color
It’s a common misconception that work clothes should be plain blacks, blues, khakis, whites, and beiges. Bold colors are a great way to show off your personality at work without looking unprofessional. If you’re not daring enough to wear some neon jackets or skirts, you can add some color to your accessories instead. Don’t be scared of pastels, floral patterns, and bright corals, as they can brighten up your look.
Wearing printed tees at work isn’t always a good idea, especially in a corporate setting. But pair one with either a good colored midi skirt or a pair of white pants and you’ve got yourself an elevated casual look that won’t cost much. Make it more sophisticated by wearing stilettos or classic pumps and tying your hair up in a bun or ponytail. Oversized coats will also look good with a classic office dress or plain white or black tee.
When it comes to looking good at work, it all boils down to how comfortable you feel. When you’re confident in your choice of outfits, everything else just follows. Business Insider notes that work clothes have evolved a lot since the 1950s and since fashion is ever-changing, and the rules for work clothes relaxing, you can’t really go wrong with your choices. Just make sure never to compromise your own comfort.