Starting a new job is nerve-racking for people of all ages, but it is especially difficult for a recent college grad entering “the real world.” It’s not easy trying to find ourselves in this realm after living in the sheltered little college bubble for the last 4+ years. We go from bumming it to class in the sweats we slept in to having to pull ourselves together for our first full-time jobs. As if this were not difficult enough, making a good first impression adds more pressure to the mix. We’re battling with wanting to stay youthful and fashionable while having to remain professional for the workplace. Follow these tips on business professional fashion: nailing your new 9-5 look.
The Straight Fit: This is the perfect middle ground between fitted and conservative. Whether it is with pants or dresses, a straight, slim fit in garments show off just a hint of your figure to avoid looking dowdy in a new suit or business casual look.
Patterns: Patterns are a great yet subtle way to add to an office look. Patterned blouses underneath a blazer feminize an outfit instantly. Brands like Joie and Vince Camuto feature girly, romantic patterns in conservative but fashionable styles. A pop of color is another great route to take to amp up the business casual fashion. J.Crew is famous for its neon details that add a fun touch to classic pieces. Try a skirt with neon trim or a brightly colored blouse beneath a neutral suit.
The Ankle Crop: This is a trend popular in denim and dress pants alike. Pants cropped at the ankle add an unexpected amount of youth to suits especially when paired with feminine heels. A popular look on runways, cropped slim pants with a simple ankle strap heel is the start to the ultimate business casual outfit.
Accessorize: If the dress code permits, statement jewelry is a great way to stand out among a sea of similar workwear attire each day. This is another staple at J.Crew and stores like Anthropologie. Adding a large sparkling necklace or earrings does wonders to a business look. A fun clutch or bag is another great way to accessorize your outfit!
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