1. Play with bright pops of colour
Without her coat, Sheila Sim’s outfit will be just another plain white-and-grey look. But thanks to the pop of tomato red and emerald boots, it instantly feels like a fresh new look that’s still suitable for the office.
2. Go with an unexpected jacket
Rather than schlep a blazer on like everyone else, follow Rebecca Lim’s lead and try a biker jacket instead. The trick to making it work is finding a jacket that’s cut well and free from too much embellishments.
3. The right accessories matter
Using the right amount of bling can take your simple black dresses up a notch. Just like how Zoe Tay does it here, a statement wristwatch and classy drop earrings help to elevate her simple LBD.
4. Try a girlish look
If all you wear are black pantsuits, it doesn’t hurt to try switching your game up once in a while with a pink dress much like Kate Pang’s look. It’s less severe, and denotes approachability in the office. Plus, if it comes with a knee-length hemline and full sleeves, it adds more professional vibes to your look.
5. Play with your proportions
Play around with different proportions to achieve an interesting and varied sartorial effect. The trick is to balance out your proportions, and you can look to Jeanette Aw as a good example. While her pants are exaggeratedly billowy, she tones it down with a fitted shirt.
6. A bright suit does wonders
Felicia Chin makes a strong case here for the colourful work suit, which she has paired with white sneakers and a white tank top. You can always opt to dress this up more by skipping the sneakers for pumps, but the bright suit is a fantastic way of standing out from the work crowd.