Work wear, corporate styles and and business fashions for chic + corporate women.
Working a full day as a business woman is hard enough. Looking your best at 5pm as you head to happy hour, or a networking function -- now that’s really tough. Even keeping your appearance on point throughout the workday can be a struggle: makeup fades, lint is evil, you eventually throw your hair up in a high bun to get through the day -- I get it.
Throughout the years I’ve developed an arsenal of products that I keep in my top desk drawer at work. These products, while small in size, are just enough to help me freshen up, and I use them both throughout the day and before I head to an after-work event. I can’t tell you how a small dab of perfume, some lipstick, and a pass with a lint roller can give me that extra boost of confidence right before I head into a big meeting or out for the night.
Here’s what’s inside my drawer:
Compact Mirror - For quick glances after I eat anything.
Altoids Mints - I love gum as much as anyone, but not at the office. I would feel awkward if I popped a piece of gum, and my boss walked over to my desk. Chomp, chomp, chomp … get some mints instead.
Glasses Cleaner - For anyone who wears glasses … this is a must! Nothing is more annoying than going into a meeting and not being able to see because your glasses are smudged.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Spray - A small can is all you need, especially for days that turn windy after you’ve arrived at work.
Clinique Happy Perfume Roller - Small-sized scents are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
Flint Roller - You say goodbye to your dog, head to work, and arrive with hair all over your black pants. Get one of these, STAT.
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip - I like a matte lip much more than a gloss for the office, especially if you’re about to give a presentation or do a lot of talking at a networking event. This stuff will last you all day, too!
BIG Mini Paddle Brush by Luxor Pro - My hair often tangles during the course of the day, but this tiny brush does the trick.
Pill Case - This was a gift from a friend that changed my life! Rather than having hoards of different pill bottles shaking around my drawer, I pack everything into this cute little storage container. I recommend putting a few different types/brands of pills into this bad boy so you’re covered.
Emergency Kit - Also a gift from a friend, but these little kits are available at most drug stores. It really is a lifesaver! And I threw in a few bobby pins for safe keeping (aka crazy hair days).
Wisp Toothbrush - Because bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste to my office would be impractical, and this is the next best thing.
What do you keep in your desk at work? Do you have any tips to share for the busy career woman who needs to look corporate chic throughout her day?
As someone who spends 40+ hours/week in an office in New York, I’ve seen my fair share of workwear ensembles throughout the years. While some manage to make their workwear fashion look effortless and chic, I often see too many people looking unpolished and unconfident in their workwear attire. Here are my top four faux paus, and things to avoid at work:
Not Dressing to Compliment Your Body Type - I can’t tell you how many men and women wear ill-fitting clothing in the workplace. Blouses and button-ups that are too tight, pants that drag on the ground, sweaters that are baggy and could also house a small kangaroo inside … believe me it’s out there.
Try This: Invest in clothing that offers a bit of stretch in the material, and visit a tailor to have clothing properly fitted. Source clothing that fits your frame (without being too tight) for whatever size you wear. You’ll feel better … promise.
Leaving Too Little to the Imagination - Less is more, especially if you are on the taller side. If you’re in a seated position interacting with clients who are standing when conversing with you (i.e. a receptionist or someone who works at a desk) no one should be able to see down your shirt when standing next to you. Hemlines should hit at an appropriate length (I always recommend knee length or close to it). Colleagues should not be able to see your bra lines/straps when walking behind you. Cleavage is no bueno.
Try This: Find a way to source chic, classic and timeless pieces that give you confidence and leave everything to the imagination. Take a solid and critical look at yourself in the mirror each morning. Anything that looks like it might be too tight, too revealing, too short, etc. probably is, and you should save it for another time.
Open Toed Shoes - This depends greatly on the type of business environment you work in, but I personally opt out of open toed shoes in the office. People have mixed feelings about feet, and pedicures only last so long.
Try This: Flip flops or beach sandals are better served on the sand. If you want to wear a strappy sandal for summer, opt for a shoe where your toes are still covered, like these from Sole Society. Just keep it classy.
Dressing for the Job You Have - As many companies move towards a more “business casual” environment, be warned that this old adage still remains true. Your workwear relays a message (both consciously and subconsciously) about how seriously you take your position, and how seriously you take yourself.
Try This: Observe what your boss is wearing, and what their superiors are wearing. Find clothing that is similar to their type of workwear while maintaining an age-appropriateness and some of your personal style (think accessories). And always opt for quality over quantity.
What are the fashion faux pas you’ve seen in the workplace? Do you have repeat offenders in your office?
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