1. Suit Yourself
Suits are a great way to feel polished without running the risk of looking homogenous. Where possible, avoid the standard issue black suit and go for one in pastel tones or with prints.
But if office dress codes don’t permit you to stray beyond neutral tones, upsize your suit with slouchier, oversized fits. As long as you keep your footwear sharp, you won’t look sloppy.
Jacket, $135, from ASOS
Blazers are your chance to show the office (and the world) your personality, so we recommend a strong pop of colour to express your fun side.
2. Layer Up
Working in a corporate office doesn’t have to mean banishing your fun items to the back of the wardrobe until the weekend hits.
Layer a thin turtleneck or sweater under a dress or a jumpsuit to keep things work appropriate.
Knit, $76.90, from Topshop
Bright stripes help to differentiate your look from everyone else in the office. Plus, this knit keeps you warm when the office air-con gets too chilly.
3. Get Waisted
If you prefer playing around with your accessories instead, try one of this season’s biggest trends—an oversized statement belt.
It’s a quick way to add oomph to any outfit and we especially love it worn with a sharp blazer.
Belt, $135, from Cult Gaia
This may not be the heavyweight championship belt, but you’re sure to emerge as a style winner when you’ve got this wide belt worn over your blazer.
4. Ditch The Shift
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but most of the time shift dresses carry an air of OL-ness to your look. To avoid that territory entirely, try out different dress lengths — such as the midi — to keep things PC for the workplace without looking dowdy.
Playing with subtle patterns — like polka dots — or full-length sleeves helps set you apart from the Shenton Way OL brigade come lunch hour.
Dress, $94.95, from H&M
This wrap dress is a classic that deserves to hang in everyone’s wardrobe for two reasons. Firstly, the wrap is super flattering for all figures, as it only flaunts your assets whilst pulling in your waist. Secondly, the discreet polka dot effect makes it feel a little playful, but you’ll still stay in HR’s good books.
5. Play With Pattern
Thankfully, most companies have relaxed their dress codes for their staff. So while this means that mini bandage dresses are still a no-go, you can get away with having a bit more fun and colour in your look.
To this, we say grab the opportunity and incorporate a bit of print into your closet. It’s the easiest way to dress your look up.
Stella Jean skirt, $424, from THE OUTNET
With its colourful squares and stripes, this midi skirt is our new favourite wardrobe addition. Since the print is already quite loud, tone it down with a white shirt and some sleek covered-toe pumps.