The Modern Working Women’s Guide to Shoes

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.

Conservative Office

camel blazer and button down shirt with wide leg pants and cap toe ballet flats

chevron top with pencil skirt and striped pumps coat with v neck blouse and printed pants double breasted suit with chic shoes navy dress with brown mules

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.

navy top with white pants and red mary jane shoes ruffled white dress with neon yellow pumps white top with black pencil skirt and cobalt blue pumps

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.

Creative Office

architectural skirt with knitted top and lace up heels vest with white dress and nude oxfords sweater with pink button down shirt and blazer with loafers and straight leg pants printed blazer with striped top and skinny pants lace top with button down shirt and straight leg pants houndstooth jacket with sweater and straight leg pants cobalt blue ballet flats with floral skirt and white top chino trousers with polka dots blouse and pink belt

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.

Casual Office

skinny jeans and snakeprint pumps with architectural coat and pink top pastel jeans with leopard print coat and leopard print pumps knitted vest and shirt with straight leg pants and loafers floral print pumps with cuffed jeans and button down shirt casual office outfit with striped shoes casual jeans with bright yellow coat and trendy sandals bomber jacket with chic skirt and lace up flats black pants with blazer and red top

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.

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