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Working girl: how to get the “business look” right

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If you work from home, you obviously don’t need to worry too much about what you’re wearing when emailing or calling clients; even pyjamas can suffice. However, at some point, you will probably need to meet face-to-face with clients or even move into a dedicated office.

This poses style problems for women, who have it harder than men when deciding what to wear for work. After all, the rules for the ladies aren’t quite as clear-cut, but here’s some reliable advice.

 

 

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Go for subtlety rather than showing off

To begin with, you might only need work-friendly attire for special occasions, such as meetings with clients or events like conferences and product launches. All the same, one good rule of thumb is that your clothing shouldn’t upstage either the event or the person you’re meeting.

To ensure you stick to this guideline with your corporate attire, stick to conservative colours such as dark grey and navy, advises The Balance Careers.

 

Don’t be too casual with the “business casual” look

You might see “business casual” being prescribed as a workplace dress code, but one problem with the term “business casual” is that different companies can perceive it differently. Therefore, whereas some firms may accept long shirts, you should forgo these for formal business dealings.

Otherwise, when meeting up with a client, you could give off the image of a woman who has rushed over from the gym – hardly the most professional impression you could project!

 

Invest in tailored, interchangeable outfits

Although you may not be able to get away with reusing pieces as often as your male cohorts could, quality still betters quantity when it comes to women’s work clothes. Hence, it’s worth investing in tailored clothing.

Quite simply, it will look better than non-tailored clothing – and as Business Insider explains, a “nicely cut and manufactured blazer can be slimming and fitted in the right places while not restricting your arms to your sides either.” You could often wear such a blazer on consecutive occasions as well.

 

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Choose skirts and dresses carefully

You’ve already read some guidance on colour, but you need to watch out for the length, too. An overly short outfit could expose too much of your thigh when you settle into a chair.

As a general rule, any slit in your skirt ought to be small and centred in the back. It would not be appropriate for the slit to either exceed the back of your knee in height or, as would be the case with an excessively small or tight slit, impair your mobility when you walk or climb stairs.

 

What about the shoes?

When shopping for these, opt for closed-toed pumps coloured in a way that is complementary to your outfit. Those shoes should fit well, too, or else you could struggle to walk comfortably.

Just imagine the pride you would feel if your clothing choices help you to ascend the corporate ladder, perhaps to the extent that you end up walking every business day into a serviced office from BE Offices, a national provider of workplace amenities.

 

 

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Fashion Blogs I Love Reading

As a fashion blogger, I am forever reading fashion blogs. It is always a joy when I find a fashion blog with great content. I can read such blogs for hours at a stretch and not be bored. Especially when the blog has been around for years. There are always so many beautiful outfits to look at.

Here are some of my current favourite fashion blogs –

 

MOJ IN TOUCH

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I have been reading Moji’s blog for years now and I love her content. Her fashion blog category is filled with amazing outfit ideas. She has a great sense of fashion and a good eye for stunning pieces and accessories. If you are after lovely outfit ideas, you need to check out MOJ IN TOUCH for some style inspiration. She is definitely the Style Queen!

 

 

The Fashion Engineer

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I have been reading Sayedero’s blog for many years now. Her blog has evolved over time but her content is always a refreshing read. I love her stylish sense of fashion. She knows what looks good on her and has the confidence to style anything and make it look amazing. I enjoy reading her blog – The Fashion Engineer. You can check it out for fashion inspiration and much more.

 

Somodishly Chic

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Somodishly Chic is one fashion blog I really enjoy reading. I have been following and reading Sade’s blog for many years. Her personal style is so cool. She is effortlessly stylish. Her outfits are always on point and she makes it look dead easy. I love whatever she puts on. She slays on every style post. You can have a look at her style on her amazing fashion blog – Somodishly Chic.

 

I Want You To Know

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This is another fashion blog I really like. I Want You To Know is run by Kristabel. It is one of the first Fashion Blogs I discovered in my early blogging days. I love her quirky sense of fashion. It is so different from what you see around and I like it. Her personal style is a breath of fresh air. You can check out her blog for some outfit inspiration.

 

In My Sunday Best

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I have only just discovered this blog thanks to a link I found on Kristabel’s blog, and I love it. In My Sunday Best is run by a pretty lady called Sade. I have been busy scrolling through her blog, and I love her style category. The photography on the blog is amazing and her outfits are well put together. You should check it out!

 

Do you enjoy reading fashion blogs? I also cover beauty on Fashion and Style Police, so I will be sharing beauty blogs I enjoy reading in a bit.

Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing. Have a great week.

 

Outfit Post – Happy Easter Everyone

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It is the Easter weekend, and we are having a very relaxing break. We don’t have any massive plans because we just got back from our 2 week break in Essex and London some days ago. I should write a post about our holiday in the South of England. We had the opportunity to visit many cool places, and the kiddies had a blast. The posts on our trip will be up sometime next week hopefully. For now it is all about Easter. What plans do you have for the Easter break?

 

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It is our first weekend back since our holiday so we have a bit to get done and some good old rest. Rest is always good, and I plan to be getting a lot of that this Easter weekend. The weather has been amazing here in Cheshire. It looks like we will be skipping spring again this year. I remember it being this warm last April and it carried on until September. Let’s see if it happens again this year.

 

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Alala by Aken

For this outfit post, I am taking it back to the roots. I am wearing an African Printed Bomber Jacket made in Nigeria. I really like this piece. The material is really colourful and pretty. I also like the design a lot. The embroidery design finishes off the look really well. It is a very stylish piece, great for the season. The fashion designer – Alala by Aken, did a great job here. I have another piece from this creative Nigerian Fashion Designer, and I will be showing that off in the next few days. So keep reading.

Now back to this gorgeous piece, I found this piece very easy to style. A pair of black jeans, sunglasses and trainers completed the look. This is definitely one look I know I will be recreating a lot this spring/summer season. What do you think of it?

 

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WHAT I WORE

African Printed Bomber Jacket  – c/o Alala by Aken

Black Jeans – Jasper Conran

Silver Trainers – Emporio Armani

Sunglasses – Lacoste

Bracelet/watch – Fitbit Charge 2

Gold Earrings – Dubai Souk Market

 

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Happy Easter Everyone! Let’s remember the reason for the season.

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