When it comes to office wear, even those of us lucky enough to enjoy an easy-going dress code can agree that you should always look like the professional you are. That means - unless you’re a lifeguard - flip flops are probably not appropriate footwear, and cleavage is best left out of the office. But those golden rules don’t mean you can’t get creative with your Monday to Friday look, says our go-to stylist and fashion director, Allana Schmidt. With that in mind, we enlisted her to help us whip us some spring work-wear inspiration.
Our take on today’s professional woman starts with a crisp white collared button-up, an item Schmidt points to as “a staple” for every closet. Choosing a sleeveless version will keep you cooler and add less bulk when used as a base layer.
A thin knit sweater in one of this season’s pastel shades covers up while keeping the spring vibe alive. We chose a mint green pullover to add a pop of colour that’s still professional enough for the toughest boardroom.
Get ready to bear your ankles – capris and ankle lengths are back in a big way. We love this patterned pair for adding a dose of fun to a more serious look.
Jewellery and shoes are often a great way to add personality and interest to the strictest of dress codes. “Metallic statement necklaces worn over collared shirts is big this spring; as Schmidt says, “It’s everywhere.” Ankle-strap heels are “flirtatious, but still professional.”
Every smart woman knows that dressing the part is key; as the old adage goes, “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”
Follow our lead and start making waves at the office - in all the right ways.
Get the look! Here’s our shopping list:
Mint sweater – Reitmans, $36
Sleeveless button-up - RW & Co., $25.50
Cropped pants – Reitmans, $46
Heels – Aldo, $80
Jewellery - Le Chateau (all) – necklace, $25; bracelet, $29.95; earrings, $15
Handbag – Boes, $65
Trench coat – RW & Co., $139