Dressing to the Workplace 4 Tips with Dive into Mauve

Dressing for the workplace can be quite tricky as workwear varies based on one's occupation and workplace. Looking back to my days working in media where I could easily wear a pair of jeans and sneakers compared to my days working in a proper officer when one has to look all put together, ladylike and formal (for the most part), my work wardrobe has drastically changed. While women's workwear depends on the specific workplace, there are however guides, notions and essentials that hold and could work for almost any profession especially when it comes to dressing to an office. 

 Today in collaboration with Tee of Dive into Mauve, an Abuja based blogger like myself, we decided to share both our thoughts and tips when it comes to dressing to the workplace. Tee and I go way back in blogging as we earlier did a collab on styling a vintage shirt, do you remember? Here are four quick tips to note when dressing for the office.

1. The Life Saving Pencil Skirt
The great thing about a pencil skirt is the versatility. It can be worn to the office or a more casual after-work engagement. Tee's look which features a maroon pencil skirt and lace top is the perfect example of this. She could further dressed up her outfit with a blazer or opt for a button up shirt as well. Hence do not doubt the power of a pencil skirt. Don't have a pencil skirt? Well, this is your cue to get one in as many colours as possible!

2. Comfort is Key
A basic 9-5 would mean spending your entire day at the office hence the importance of being comfortable while working cannot be overstressed! When it comes to heels, although the most appropriate shoes for office wear, they can be quite uncomfortable especially when wearing them for long. A tip would be to opt for lower heels (2-3cm )or block heels like Tee and I did. Another thing I do is to change into flats when seated and wear heels when moving about. However, save yourself the hassle by going for lower heels, wedges or block heels.
3.Keep it Modest and Classy!
Yes, leave those low hanging and overly short and body-hugging pieces at home. I don't know about you but the workplace deserves some level of decorum. I personally work with men mostly, hence I take my modest taste in fashion to a whole other level with the baggiest and loose-fitted clothes ever. Its all about balance, read my post on styling oversize clothes to get it right!  A simple singlet under your sheer top like Tee did or a pencil skirt under your blazer dress like I did, can take your outfit from inappropriate to office appropriate. To each his own, however.

4. Keep it Fun, not Boring
Do not be afraid to rock trend or colours! Just because it's workwear doesn't mean it has to be boring. You can incorporate trends like the flared sleeve trend like Tee and me while still keeping your work outfit as formal as ever. Do not be afraid to add pops of colour and prints to your outfit either with your makeup or accessories. 

Today's look features my go-to blazer dress previously styled here and here. I paired it with my tiered flared sleeve gingham print top. Opted for a belt to cinch in my waist and a skirt underneath to keep things modest. In keeping with my tip, I added a pop of red to this outfit with my lip colour and pointed red Zara heels. 

Head over to Tee's blog for her take on workwear.

Photography by Ruth Audu
Blazer Dress: Thrift || Shirt: Unknown || Shoes: Zara || Belt: Market Buy

Where do you work? How would you describe your work style? What tips do you employ when dressing for the workplace? Did you find this post helpful? Which outfit would you mostly likedly rock?

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  1. Great tips!Thanks for sharing.

  2. The pencil skirt is absolute must-have! I like the way it sits. In my opinion, this is the best bottom piece for ladies who want to show off their femininity and professionalism during work hours. Plus, this garment makes a real impression on every man. I made an article about pencil skirts for work, and want to share with you my favorite outfit ideas: http://wardrobefocus.com/pencil-skirts-for-2018-best-styles-for-work/ Hope you gonna like it too.