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How to Look Professional Without Giving Up Your Personal Style

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Starting a new job can leave you feeling confused when it comes dress code. You want to dress to impress, but you don’t want to leave behind your personal style. As a fashion addict who just started her professional career, here are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up so far.

Don’t be afraid of color.

Color can translate into any style, and sometimes it’s just what you need to make an outfit pop! Adding a bold color to a classic outfit can take it from boring to “wow.” (Don’t be afraid to use accessories to do this.)

Mix and match.

If you’re a pattern girl, good news: You don’t have to leave them behind for color-block sweater-sets. Try adding a striped sweater to a floral top. Just keep your pants/skirt neutral and you’ve got professional with a fun twist!

Modesty is key.

Modesty is always the best policy at the office. You should leave the mini skirts, crop tops, and spaghetti straps at home – but don’t let that discourage you! Just add a light sweater, kimono, blazer, or button-down, and you’ll instantly look more put-together.

OMG, shoes.

Ladies, this is where you really get to have fun! Shoes can make or break an outfit, especially when it comes to office attire. Instantly spice up a black pencil skirt and white button-down with some colorful pumps.

It’s all about the hair.

Although hair isn’t technically an item of clothing, it is part of your overall appearance. I like to base my hair off of my outfit as a way to complete it. If the outfit is bordering on the boring side, some loose, bouncy curls could take it up a notch. Does the outfit have lots of fun colors or patterns? Go with an easy bun! It’s all about balance (and how late you’re running).

Complete your look with accessories.

It’s not just diamonds, ladies; accessories are a girl’s best friend. Throwing on some layered gold bracelets or rings can make you feel more put-together and make an outfit sparkle without being too overdone.

Be you.

No matter how strict your rules are, there are always ways to show your personality. Just think of your work attire as a more modest, polished, and dressy version of what you would wear on your day off. Figure out your favorite pieces and build and accessorize from there. Don’t be afraid of color and patterns, and remember to have fun!

Last modified on November 9th, 2016

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