Executive style: Four ways to master the office dress code
Negotiating the office dress code can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Once upon a time, working in an office meant leaving your personal style at the door. Some wore boxy blazers to compete with their male counterparts, while others wore sky-high heels and restrictive skirts. These codes, have since relaxed and workwear is now a place where you can make your mark. Whether your office is casual and creative, or buttoned-up and sophisticated, get inspired and make the office dress code your own
Find what works for you: make your own uniform
Steve Jobs was rarely seen without his black turtleneck and you too can have your own fail-safe pieces. A uniform of your own making is a great way to pare down the number of decisions you need to make each day. Matilda Kahl, a New Yorker and art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, wears the same thing, with a slight variation, to work each and every day: a white shirt and a black blazer. So, find your signature look – be it black pants with a white tee, or black on black on black – and make it your own. Check in with Carl Kapp (Level 7) to find your perfect blazer, Anthea Crawford (Level 7) and Von Troska (Level 7) for other workwear essentials.
Make a statement
Pick one piece – a cuff, a scarf, a pair of shoes, a bag – that you love. Team this with most outfits to give them a lift. For stunning accessories, visit Cosette (Level 7) and head to Longchamp (Level 7) for a luxury carry-all. Or, play with style and cuff your jeans, roll your sleeves, tie your shirt or try oversized instead of just right.
Pare it back
Don’t wear anything that distracts – bangles that clash together, a skirt you have to constantly adjust. Keep it simple and comfortable. Aim for a grand silhouette; a pair of floaty, wide-leg trousers for example, with a luxe satin blouse to show you are-confident and believe -in-what-you are doing. Complete the look with a sharp pair of heels from Jimmy Choo (Level 7).
Polished and Refined
Avoid items you feel compromised in and instead go for those pieces that give you confidence. It’s not about being a girl boss, but about being a boss. You need to own it, to play as an equal. To make short hem lined-dresses work-appropriate, pair with a jet-black pair of stockings with classic closed-toe black shoes.