Dressing for the office can sometimes come as a challenge, especially if the atmosphere is conservative. Yes, going for a classic plain colored top and black slacks will always be a safe option. But why? There are so many fashionable, and professional, options to experiment with. The possibilities are endless, even in conventional office setting. You can avoid black all together. You can even style a floral dress for the office. Here are my 5 tips to how make a floral dress look professional.
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dress c/o Dorothy Perkins // sleeveless jacket c/o Dorothy Perkins // heels (similar & dream pair) // bracelet c/o Henri Bendel // necklace (old, love this one) // sunglasses // convertible clutch c/o Gigi New York
1. Colors and Patterns
Floral dresses can come in loud crazy colors and patterns. While I think that almost any combination can be tamed to some degree, keeping it simple is a no fail way to keep your look office appropriate. For very traditional atmospheres try to stick to smaller, simpler patterns. When it comes to color, feel free to experiment. How to make color work? A great way to avoid black, and make color work is trying a monochromatic approach. This post features another example of a professional monochromatic look. For today’s look, I’ve used navy as base color.
Choose a classic pump, or even a close toed shoe option for a sleek look. I’ve actually worked in office environments where open toed shoes are a no-no. However, I think that these stringent rules are really starting to loosen up. Another good rule of thump for open toed options is to either have an open toe or an open heel, like a sling back. Try to stay away from both at the same time, and avoid bright-colored strappy high heels all together. While they are fabulous, and I love them, they might not be your best bet for an important office meeting.
When it comes to jewelry I have two words, understated and elegant. Long necklaces or short ones are wonderful options as long as they aren’t too big or bright. Avoid overly trendy pieces, big feathers, fringe, or other distracting features. The same holds true for earrings. To stay truly balanced, if you go with a long necklace try to pair it with small earrings or studs. And, if you go with a short necklace, then vice versa.
4. Shoes and Handbag
Finding yourself questioning if your shoes and handbags should match? The ultra conservative answer is yes, but they don’t have be basic black. Nor do they have to be a precise match. How about matching neutrals, like how I wore a cream convertible clutch and nude pumps? I chose two light neutral colors that coordinated with my floral dress. Cream, white, nude, navy, and even cognac are all great traditional color alternatives to matching black shoes and handbags. Bold colored shoes and handbags can still professional looking if you keep the silhouettes classic and the adornments to a minimum.
Get a polished look by adding a jacket or even a long-line blazer. I chose to finish my look with this long sleeveless navy jacket. You can choose a more classic look by going with a blazer, but for the spring and summer months as short sleeve or sleeveless options may be preferable. I’m loving sleeveless options right now because it is getting hotter and hotter each and every day. They also offer a lengthening effect while dressing up a look.