For any professional, the image presented in the work place is very important. It can be tough to dress for work, and with a busy lifestyle, carrying off a look that can take you from the office to the dinner table seamlessly can seem difficult, but it doesn't have to be.
The key to great workwear and looking professional is to find items with clean lines and good construction. If this makes you think "boring and conservative", then think again! While you might have to tone it down a little, there's no reason why you can't express yourself through workwear.
There are a few basics that every work wardrobe needs. You can't go wrong with a white blouse. It can be used for layering or paired up with a pair of black pants for a classic look that can be updated and adapted for a number of settings. Throw on a blazer for cooler days, and dress it up in the evening with a sheer cardigan or just add accessories and a cropped jacket for an evening look.
Workwear doesn't always need to be black and white, either. Shoes are a great way to add colour to your work look. Take a classic pump or court heel and wear it in the brightest colour you can find - it'll add some flair to your ensemble without detracting from its professional look. Another great way to add colour is to match basic items with just one item of colour - a bright blazer, or a pencil skirt in a colourful shade rather than black or grey. Don't be afraid to experiment with colour when dressing for work - the most important thing is keeping that 'clean' look.
Shaped dresses are a great buy for summer, and they allow you to experiment a bit more with prints and colours. Paired with some black heels, simple jewellery and clipped back hair, you can even pull off a dress in a sexier style without looking like you're dressed for a night out. Then, when it's time for that evening out, switch the simple shoes for some killer heels and add some bold make up for a look that's sultry and perfect for a night out.
Many professionals also have the perception that accessories in the workplace can be seen as inappropriate, but with just a little discretion, this doesn't have to be the case at all. A few tasteful pieces can be a great way to infuse your personality into your 9-5 look without looking any less professional.
With just a few simple changes, it's not hard to find a work look that's fit for any time or setting, and still keep your sense of style.