Work Wednesdays: From Corporate to Casual
Apr 9, 2014
A few weeks ago, I asked for topics for the Work Wednesday posts and, boy, did you ladies respond. One of the most common questions was how you transition from a job that is corporate or professional to a work environment that is more casual without having to buy an entirely new wardrobe. Here are some tips.
Shoes. Changing your shoes changes the look of your entire outfit. Pumps are professional, an open-toe or round-toe flat is more relaxed. In the summer, grab a fun sandal (not a flip-flop). You can bring an outfit down a notch with different shoes.
Also, try color. Adding a bright hue to your feet is more relaxed than wearing neutrals and it can really raise the style-quotient of your attire. Red is my favorite, but coral or green also works well.
Materials. Less wool and silk, more cotton, ponte and knit. Where I would wear a silk blouse with my pencil skirt at a professional office, I would try a cotton tee or a short-sleeve sweater in a more casual office. I would also eventually swap out crepe dresses for ponte ones. Target has the best selection in misses, petites and plus.
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I kept this outfit a bit more on the conservative side, only because that’s my taste. If you work in a truly casual office, feel free to wear graphic tees or bold prints or brighter hues. You have the freedom to wear whatever your heart desires (within reason), so take advantage.
One word of caution about casual attire, even though your office is casual, consider the age of your boss before choosing anything too wild. I once worked at a company run by woman in her 60s who thought my bright pink nail polish was incredibly risqué. So while many things are allowed in a casual office, you still need to be mindful of where you work and who you work for.