Look the business with our summer office edit, says Annmarie O'Connor.
Investing in a corporate capsule wardrobe can be a clever career move.
The clothes may not maketh the woman but, when it comes to the office, they certainly provide some non-verbal clues.
Although different industries have different dress rules, there's a prevailing sentiment regardless of whether you work as an accountant or a graphic designer: don't allow what you wear to overshadow what you have to offer.
The solution? A small selection of pared back, well-cut interchangeable separates that'll have you dressed for success.
? Play to your opposite. Wear a tailored gilet over a soft blouse and culottes or a fluted hem shift dress. Finish with fancy flats for boardroom ease.
? Keep cool under pressure this summer with a collarless silk shirt – luxe but laidback.
? Don't overlook details. A sharp bag, tablet case, watch or foulard promote a simple suit to boss material.
? Casual Friday? Always err on the side of caution. Avoid anything worn to the gym, nightclub or beach. If in doubt, ask yourself: “Would I have a meeting with . . . "
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