Work Mode: Clothes, Make-Up, Hair & Accessories
Decoding workwear is not as straight forward as it once used to be. With changing work environments and cultures, there are no longer fixed rules for dressing.
My only recommendation for any type of work place is to keep the look polished. This tip is applicable to the clothing, accessories, hair and make-up.
The look in the picture above is how I like to dress for work. I am wearing a checkered shirt dress that sits just below my knees. I opted for a bag that is bright but structured to keep the look sophisticated. I am also partial to closed shoes and minimal jewelry when it comes to dressing for work.
Conforming can sometimes be boring, so it is nice to add your own flair to workwear basics. However, I do feel strongly that regardless of whether you are working in an office that has a business formal dress code or no dress code at all there are a few things that you should certainly avoid:
Too Much Skin - Keep the mini skirt and cleavage for your downtime. I don’t mean to suggest that you cover yourself from head to toe. Smart dresses, flirty blouses and pencil skirts are chic as well as appropriate.
Sloppy Dressing – Regardless of what you may have heard, I recommend you stick to professional attire during the first few days in a new work place. Take your time to get a feel of the basic office dress code and try to adhere to it. Even in a casual work environment it is never acceptable to show up in what could qualify as loungewear. Wrinkled clothing is another major faux-pas.
Running Shoes - I am guilty of wearing sneakers to my previous job. I had to go up and down several flights of stairs several times a day, but no excuses cut it. The only thing I was ever pulled up for at work was my choice of footwear. I know I am stating the obvious but sneakers are a big “NO.” Opt for ballerina flats instead. Try to look for ones with good amount of cushioning
Unkempt Hair – There is a stark difference between a messy do and messy hair. Specially for people with wavy or curly hair like me, it is very easy for the hair to look unkempt. Ideally, one should pin the hair up and if not have it set off the face with a styling spray.
Tight Pants – The tight pant is more of a personal pet-peeve, but I had to include it on this list. Nothing to do with any sexual connotations, I just don’t think they belong at work. Partially, I feel so strongly about them for the way people tend to style them. If you must wear skin-fitting bottoms to work keep a few things in mind. For starters pair them with a top that is long enough to cover the waist band. Opt for a thick fabric that would prevent them from going sheer. Lastly, wear pants where the ankle is open and not skin tight (those look like leggings).
Make-Up for Work: Do's & Don'ts
When it comes to work there are two key things make-up that is minimal and long-lasting. I would recommend using a good BB cream or Foundation depending on how much time you have in the morning to give your skin a flawless finish. Dull and tired looking skin is a “no-go” for work. Blend a matte bronzer for that sun-kissed glow. Remember to keep everything looking natural.
Avoid bold make-up specially on the eyes. Define your eyes with a thin eyeliner. Office air conditioners can be really dehydrating for the skin. A good moisturizing lotion and lip balm are must-haves.
P.S. Any kind of glitter should be stashed away for the weekend.