5 Keys to Look Smart at Work When You’re Not a Suit Person

If you’re working in a conservative office, chances are you’re wearing a suit with classic black pumps. Creative and casual offices don’t require this formal uniform, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo a smart and professional look. So, keep o reading for the 5 keys to look smart at work if you’re not a suit person.

  1. Collar


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Look for clothes that have a collar or higher neckline in appearance or even the feel of a collar such as a cardigan with the scarf can be great. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, you may go for a lightweight blouse as long as it’s collared, and style it with a mint cardigan and wide leg pants teamed with a statement necklace. Also, a button-down shirt teamed with a sweater will be great as long as you let the collars peek through.

  1. Structure

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Look for clothes with some structure and your clothes need to be made of fabrics with some weight, not light and airy, as they convey more authority.  A set-in sleeve rather than a raglan sleeve will always appear more formal. Like fashion blogger Nika Huk, you may go for a structured coat teamed with your favorite chunky boots that will add some professionalism to whatever outfit you’re wearing.

  1. Sleeves

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If men are wearing suits and ties, women need to cover the tops of their arms. Look for garments that have sleeves built in. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, if you wish to skip the collars on your blouse, don’t skip sleeves. A turtleneck sweater teamed with a tweed skirt can also be great to look chic and dressy at your workplace.

  1. Neutral Colors

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Wear more neutrals rather than really bright colors which can be perceived as more about ‘fun’ and less about ‘work’. You can still wear color, but opt for solids over patterns as they appear more businesslike. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, spice up your black and white outfit with a long yellow vest that still looks creative yet businesslike.

  1. Classic Styling

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You don’t have to wear a matching suit, think about a jacket and pants or skirt that work together but aren’t a formal suit.  This can work well for many who have a more relaxed personal style and feel suits are too conservative. Like fashion blogger Nicole Huk, a classic outfit will look classy and chic especially if you topped it with a camel coat that looks polished and sleek. So when you don’t want to wear a suit, but you’re still working at a professional workplace, make sure your outfit has the feel of a suit in a way, so that you look conservative enough to blend in.

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