Your Company’s Dress Code: Own It!

It was once recommended to dress “like a man” in order for corporate women to gain respect from their male peers.

Neutrals and slacks, panty hose and closed-toe shoes – working women did not have the freedom to express their femininity. But, times are evolving.

While women in corporate settings may still need to play it safe, many are finding ways to redefine professional fashion.


They’re putting a modern spin on it by infusing personal style – or adding small accents demonstrating individuality.

The classic power suit commands respect and never goes out of style, but fit is everything. Too large can look sloppy and too tight can look unprofessional – try on various lengths, combinations and styles until you find the one that works best for your figure and your workplace.

Even colors like deep plum can give a sense of style without appearing unprofessional.

A suit tailored to your body is feminine and classy. And, don’t forget you can experiment with different shades of neutral colors, too. Light grays and white are great for the summer. Even colors like deep plum can give a sense of style without appearing unprofessional.

When it comes to women’s business dresses, explore color blocking, two tones and simple prints. These elements are powerful, modern and show forward-thinking in your style and life.

Accessories? Keep them classic and simple – moderately sized diamond studs, a simple watch. Corporate settings aren’t the place for large, statement earrings and gaudy bracelets.

Today’s woman doesn’t have to do anything “like a man” to be successful. Make your company’s dress code work for you. Own it!

COMMENT: What personal touches do you like to add to your corporate look? Tell us here.

BONUS PINK LINK: Bored with your blazer? Here are a few fun ways to jazz it up!

By Dhinora M.

Dhinora is a styling expert and Head of Casual at New York & Company.

“The only real elegance is in the mind; if you’ve got that, the rest really comes from it.” Diana Vreeland

Image: Ny&Co

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