Happy Birthday, Working Girl! 9 Dress-For-Success Lessons That Still Hold Up

by Laurie Trott

As Tess McGill (played to perfection by Melanie Griffith) says, “You can bend the rules plenty once you get to the top, but not while you're trying to get there.” If you’re the boss, you can walk into the office in a pink Herve Leger with a red feather boa and a yellow parasol. (Not that we'd recommend it.) But on your way up, you have to have some fashion sense and sensibility. 

“If you want to be taken seriously,” Tess says, “you gotta have serious hair.” True, but when it comes to the office wardrobe, the key is to master the versatility of the white blouse. While we may be a little subtler with our collar than in the ‘80s, you can never go wrong with a white button-down.

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