Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I had my fair share of jobs. Out of college, I worked for a brokerage firm and then a large bank. Both were very conservative workplaces, and most days suits were required.
My next job was working for a product development firm in Berkeley, Calif. As you can imagine, it was a much more relaxed atmosphere and the tendency to get creative with our work wear was common too.
I remember many mornings when I would stand in front of my closet and blankly stare at a row of clothing far too long for me to make it to work on time.
While my daytime wardrobe now consists of the most casual items on earth, I do realize that many moms still have to get up and look presentable every day. Some moms even have to argue cases or take charge in the boardrooms.
It’s important to not only look work-appropriate at the office every day, but to make great first impressions on the days when it really counts.
So, what should you wear to work this fall?
Got a big meeting with decision makers in the morning? Break out of your black and blue box, and add some color. Feminize a well-tailored suit with a little bling on the collar and the caps of your lady-like pumps. Keep your accessories to a minimum. A classic timepiece is always appropriate and gives a hint of sophistication to any outfit.
If your workplace is a little more laid back, mix things up. Pair your favorite chambray shirt with a flowy, pleated skirt. Add a feminine bow belt and some Mary Jane pumps too for comfort and cute in one outfit.
Is your office on the more creative side? Do you hang out with graphic artists or marketing and advertising folk? Bring some imagination to your wardrobe with unique pieces. Choose items like quilted leather shorts, sweaters with interesting details and suede booties with tassle ties. This outfit makes clients positive your work is as distinctive as you are.
Many companies have a casual Friday policy. Does that mean anything goes? No. Wear denim, but choose well-fitting trouser-style jeans and pair them with a fitted sweater or a printed jacket with a nipped-in waistline. Peplums are a big trend this fall and give you great curves while balancing out the wide legs of your jeans. Add fun pumps, an oversized handbag, and interesting accessories for even more visual interest.
When in doubt, Google it. You can find great inspiration all over the Internet. Many women’s magazines provide “wear to work” stories seasonally. Use your imagination, know the policies at your workplace, and then work within those parameters. You’ll look and feel great!