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Choosing what to wear for a day at the office can be stressful enough, but when you’re faced with a “business-casual” dress code, it gets a lot harder. Knowing how to show your personal style while still dressing appropriately for work can throw up a lot of problems, so we thought we’d help you out with a few suggestions on how to prepare for any task you’ll undertake during the 9-5 grind.
The key here is to remember that you’re battling against the elements, while trying to stay comfortable. Wear something that’s comfy and won’t get wrinkled for important meetings.
Scary meetings with clients
Depending on your job role, you’ll need to make sure you’re conveying the right impression and making them feel that their company is in capable hands. Try to wear something that shows your personality, without going over the top (no crazy prints or neon shirts) and smarten up your look with a well-cut blazer to give some authority to your outfit.
Slaving away at your desk
You need something comfortable, warm enough to deal with the freezing a/c but cool enough to cope with hot summer days. Store some flat shoes under your desk for general office work, and cover up with a neutral cardigan to tone down any bright or revealing dresses.
Payday liquid lunches
A leather or biker jacket can work wonders here; it toughens up any girly work wear and stops you looking too boring after being stuck at your screen all morning. Just throw it on over a summery dress and leave your flats on so no one knows how liquid your lunch really was.
This is where you get to cast off the neutralising, smartening apparel you’ve been wearing all day and put on some killer heels to glam up for a night of socializing. The right dress will work in any of these scenarios, especially one like this green bodycon dress we’ve picked out; it’s figure-hugging enough for a night on the town, but easily dressed back down with opaque tights and a jacket. Eyeliner, foundation and lipstick will cover up those early-starts and make it look like you haven’t worked a day.