February 3, 2012
Scrap the Suit?
Think the only option for a professional presentation or job interview is a suit? Think again!
Today’s career women are breaking the rules of what constitutes a serious business wardrobe – and still being taken seriously.
“Things have indeed changed over the years,” says Dr. Victoria Seitz, author of I Don't Wear A Suit. “Women have moved the continuum of appropriate work attire to less like a man and more like a secure individual.”
For alternatives to the traditional suit, Seitz suggests a shift dress worn with a blazer or wide-leg trousers with a cashmere sweater.
Modifying what’s worn underneath, like pairing a turtleneck under your blazer in lieu of a button-down, can perfectly complement your work ensemble, she says.
If jackets are optional, try a boatneck top and cardigan worn with dress pants or even city shorts, which are longer, looser and made with more high-quality fabric than regular shorts.
What if your office is filled with older, more traditional types? “It’s important the outfit is appropriate for the position,” and doesn’t come off as too juvenile or trendy, says Seitz.
Bonus PINK Link: Find more ways to personalize your style at work.
By Farren Davis
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” Rachel Zoe
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