Office wear that’s stylish and bold

Central and North Burnett Times - - CLOSET AND HEALTH - with Sarah Barnes

COME Mon­day morn­ing and I be­lieve we all won­der, what to wear to work? Depend­ing on your in­dus­try and office dress code, we can all get stuck in a work dress rut and find our­selves in an un­of­fi­cial uni­form ev­ery day. So here is some sar­to­rial in­spi­ra­tion on office wear that is dif­fer­ent, stylish and bold.

Power dress­ing doesn’t mean you have to look like the women from Robert Palmer’s Ad­dicted to Love mu­sic video. You can take your style to work and still look pro­fes­sional.

The ever-un­der­es­ti­mated pres­ence and classi­ness of a suit can be worn in bold colour block­ing or even in a printed co-ord set. Steer away from grey and pair your new bright trouser and jacket com­bi­na­tion with dainty brogues or slick heels.

Al­ter­na­tively, printed shirts can be mod­ernised when tucked into a leather pen­cil skirt or tai­lored bot­toms and ac­cented with state­ment bags or jew­ellery. Fin­ish­ing off with a blazer, you can project an air of fem­i­nine con­fi­dence through your cloth­ing and into your work.

Take in­spi­ra­tion from Parisian chic when it comes to smart ca­sual. They are masters of the smart ca­sual bal­anc­ing game.

Over­sized pin­striped shirts are cur­rently stylish. These can be tucked into a pair of cu­lotte trousers.

Knitwear, chunky or thin, can be worn with tex­tured A-line skirts and low sling-back mules.


P E N C I L S K I RT S A R E AN O F F I C E WEAR STA P L E Ac­tress Jes­sica Biel shows off a pen­cil skirt.

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