Taking style cues from some of the world's most fashionable women is all well and good, but if you work in a corporate environment, it can be particularly difficult to apply your learnings to your real life. Office dress codes are often strict and they can be a sartorial wet blanket when you're trying to look cute at work.
We racked our brains for some ideas on how to look cute even when your dress code seems to forbid it. Many corporate dress codes call for conservative, often dated looks, not straying too far from a uniform comprising a black suit jacket, crisp white shirt, and black suit pants. If this sounds familiar to you, we recommend you keep reading: We have some thoughts on how you can technically follow such a code but still look on-trend and stylish.
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First and foremost, in order for your workwear to look chic, it needs to fit you properly. Nothing strikes us as more unfashionable than a woman wearing an ill-fitting suit, and if you are required by your office to wear one to work every day, then having one tailored to fit your body is going to instantly elevate your daily look.
Another small thing you can do to elevate a corporate look is to accessorize well. Stock your accessories closet with on-trend things: statement-making bucket bags, eye-catching jewelry, and perhaps some '70s-inspired black platform pumps. You'll still technically be following the rules, but your look will be just a little jazzier than most.
Have your tailor add on-trend details to your suits and blouses. Something small, like a slight crop and flare at the bottom of your pants, can make a big difference in your overall look.
Having really nice suit staples will do a tremendous amount to take your look from overtly corporate to cool and chic. Invest in a couple suit jackets and pants that you know will look elevated. Bonus: They'll last you a long time as well.
If you're satisfied that your daily office look is a bit more elevated than once it was, you'll likely feel comfortable wearing it out with friends afterward. Toss on a nice leather jacket, a scarf, or a chic hat and you'll be ready to go.
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