"Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," said author Henry David Thoreau in the mid 1800's. It still rings true today, like when students are buying new career wardrobes and spending money to look office appropriate and climb the job ladder. Often, we think of office clothing as being conformed by rules: business casual, no open-toed shoes, shoulders covered, knee length skirts, etc. But you can be stylish while being modest at the same time, as these two corporate Fashionistas demonstrate.
These two Fashionistas wear chic nine-to-five attire that is polished and serious enough for work. I like how they are modest and don’t show too much skin, but still manage to look young and trendy.
The Fashionista on the left wears a beige floral shift dress with a leather belt at the waist, brown aviators, a classic gold watch, peep toe ballet flats, and a tan leather shoulder bag. The Fashionista on the right wears a black scoopneck tank tucked into a belted charcoal grey skirt, a large black Elliot Lucca "Granada" Trapezoid Satchel, black shades, a simple chain necklace, braided leather bracelet, and black round toe pumps.
For ways to spice up your work wardrobe, I suggest adding personality through colorful accessories such as belts at the waist, oversized bags, statement necklaces, and headbands. If your outfit is neutral, put it into overdrive with details that express who you are and add playfulness to your look. Remember, you may not be at the top of the ladder, but you can still have top fashion.