The Woman's Guide to Workwear
- Smart Suits, Smart Casual and More
Dressing for work means dressing the part.
Unless you work in an office where a suit must be worn at all times – for instance Banking or the Legal professions – chances are things have become less formal in your workplace over the past few years, which leaves us with the question – what should I wear to work? It’s a dilemma faced by thousands of women every day – and now increasingly more men too.
We believe that every
professional working woman's
wardrobe needs at least one suit
Whether that’s an interview suit or a smart suit for more formal meetings, it means you’ll always have the basis for a reliable outfit to call on when need be. First rule of thumb when it comes to ladies suits – keep it classic and simple and you won’t go wrong.
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Whether you prefer a trouser suit or a skirt suit, make sure it matches – a black, grey or pinstripe suit will always look smart with a simple blouse or smart top. A white blouse is a classic – but there’s no reason you can’t add a touch of colour or pattern to liven up your look. You can always add a sassy top and a pair of killer heels to go for a few drinks after work to give you that edge!
Make sure everything is crease free, that tights (if you wear them) are unladdered (we’d suggest you pop a spare pair in your bag – just in case), and that accessories look the business too. Shoes should be clean and comfortable – nothing is going to ruin your poise more than uncomfortable shoes! Keep make-up businesslike and touch up your lipstick throughout the day – you can keep the glitter and head-turning colour for your next night out, after all!
But what about something less formal?
When you want to look smart, but not too suited and booted? Again, start with the basics. Two or three pairs of smart black or grey trousers – preferably machine washable to avoid dry-cleaning bills – are the cornerstone of a versatile work wardrobe. Wide leg or boyfriend trousers are a good choice this season. They can be dressed up or down with a range of tops or knitwear – and tops are an easy way to update your look if you don’t want to invest in a whole new look each season. But if all this is still a little to formal for your workplace then add in two or three skirts – they can be softer and reflect a more feminine side to your work personae. Dresses too to ring in the changes – and this season there are some fabulous soft jersey dresses with lovely prints, team with a jacket, soft cardigan or coat to finish the look. Accessories are always a great way to liven up the overall work outfit too – think great shoes, scarves, corsages and jewellery to really pull the overall look together.
Planet is famous for sophisticated fashion and workwear for women in sizes 8-20. Cut to flatter and tailored to fit, our suits for women and wider range of office wear provide the perfect work wardrobe for the modern woman. Shop the Planet Workwear Collection for fabulous ladies suits and separates – smart jackets, tailored trousers and skirts, and a wide range of work blouses and tops.