Rolling out of bed and putting together the perfect ensemble for the office is always something of a challenge. Whilst dressing for work is usually pretty simple for men – with the main decision being ‘which tie goes with this suit?’ – women have a greater variety of options to choose from, and striking the right balance between comfort and style can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you get it right for your nine to five:Invest in layers - You may not be able to control the office heating or air conditioning, so it’s wise to plan for a range of temperatures. Teaming a light cardigan with your shirt gives you the option to take off the extra layer if the radiators kick into action – or wrap up if the air-con goes into overdrive. Alternatively, throw a pashmina over your shoulders, or knot a scarf around your neck: two stylish and practical accessories that it’s also easy to keep discreetly in an office drawer.
Don’t give up your individual style – Yes, it’s important to look professional at work and dress appropriately for the office, but that doesn’t mean that you have to completely forgo your personal tastes. If you find plain shirts dull, opt for a blouse in a chic floral or paisley print. Or, if you prefer your tailoring to have a bit more fashion edge; rather than opting for a classic suit jacket, try an oversized boyfriend blazer. It’s definitely possible to look smart and on-trend at the same time – look to celebs like Kate Middleton for sophisticated fashion inspiration.
Choose the right shoes – Although you may be in love with a particular pair of six-inch heels, this sadly doesn’t mean that they’re suitable for the office. Uncomfortable shoes can cause hours of needless distraction and pain, so make sure that you’re realistic about your shoe choices. Flats and low kitten heels are always a safe bet, but if you’d really like some extra height then make sure your heels have a chunky platform sole for extra comfort.
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