Dress to Impress

Embrace your personal style at work

Workplace fashion for women has come a long way over the years, but options still can be limited for choices that are professional while allowing you to show off your personal style. If you are ready to move beyond the basic pant suit, here are some options that allow you to express your personal flair:

Statement colors
Many women shy away from wearing bold colors at work; the key is to choose one bold piece. You can try a jewel-tone blouse paired with neutral pants or even a fuchsia pencil skirt partnered with a neutral top. If you are hesitant to wear a bright piece, but still want to add color, opt for a structured bag in a daring color like Kelly green, hot pink or electric blue.

It’s a wrap
A wrap dress is a wonderful option that is both feminine and professional. When choosing a perfect wrap dress, look for solid colors or delicate patterns with a length that falls below the knees. Wrap dresses can have a tendency to show off cleavage as well (depending on your bust size and where the wrap tie falls); so a bandeau or camisole insert can alleviate any peek-a-boo issues.

The sheath dress
While a black sheath dress might sound boring, it really gives you the perfect canvas to create a variety of looks. You can wear it alone with simple black or nude pumps or top it off with a structured blazer, cardigan or fun scarf. The possibilities for layering and accessorizing are endless with this classic dress, giving you the opportunity to express your unique style. You can also look for sheath dresses in different solid colors, or even fabrics such as tweed. This universally flattering dress is ideal for day to night, going from the office to happy hour.

Nina Sutton is a TV host, spokesperson and beauty/lifestyle expert. She specializes in mommy beauty and style.  She is also one of the winners of People Magazine’s “Real Beauty at Every Age” contest and was featured in the April 2012 “Most Beautiful” issue. With an MBA and a business background in beauty, fashion and consumer packaged goods, Nina brings real world expertise to audiences around the country. 


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