Society as a whole has a much more laid back sense of style these days, especially when it comes to dressing for work. Shoes are one of the fashionable accessories that can spice up our traditional office style that’s easier to dress up and down compared to business outfits. Since you still wish to look professional and stylish during business meetings, events, or casual Fridays in the office, keep on reading for our modern working women’s guide to shoes.
Typically calls for a three-piece suit or a pencil skirt and blazer combination, a conservative office, especially in a law office or financial world, adheres to a professional dress code. However, there are some conservative offices that don’t call strictly for a black pair of pumps or closed shoes as long as your shoes have respective heels and are not flats. If you’re in the more corporate work setting like you’re more likely to dress in pencil skirts and blazers, then, add some personality to your outfit with a pair of ankle strap shoes, black-and-white printed pumps, brown clogs, leopard print pumps, and even cap-toe shoes in neutral colors to keep the professional vibe.
If you want to add a little pop, you could go for classic shades of red, cobalt blue, and even neon yellow depending on how conservative your office is. But keep in mind that choosing neutral tones is a little classier, so you may save the bright colors and bold prints for the weekends. The key is to go for shoes with a closed-toe heel, though mules in neutral shades are appropriate in some offices, to look stylish and still professional in your workplace.
In creative offices, the working environment permits you to look innovative and creative on your office outfit y wearing creative prints, bright colors, and even stylish layers. Like fashion blogger Mary Orton, you may think of a pair of oxford shoes that’s a trendy footwear choice reflecting the borrowed-from-boys look with your creatively layered work outfit. Quirky pumps, as well as shoes without heels like loafers, brogues, cap-toe flats, ballet flats, and such can be great to look office-appropriate without compromising comfort and style.
If your work setting is a little more casual, meaning you can wear chic jackets and sleek skinny jeans, then, let’s up your shoe game ladies. Your office isn’t stuffy corporate but still a pretty professional environment where sneakers are for sure frowned upon. So, if you’re wearing a button-down shirt and sleek denim jeans, then, dress it up with a pair of floral print pumps, snake print shoes, or even leopard print pumps. However, remember that your office is still a professional environment even though it has a casual vibe, so don’t mix your work style with your weekend street style.
By heeding our shoe guidelines, you’ll still look professional while playing around and showing off your style at your workplace.