Yesterday we revealed our most important pointers when it comes to job interviews, and today we want to give you some insight on our personal office attire. We both work in completely different fields and our jobs each require a different dress code. Vicky works for the e-commerce department of a big German fashion retailer, while Kathi’s job title is “sales manager” of two hotels in the heart of Vienna. Just by the sounds of it, you’ve probably already guessed that Kathi’s daily outfits for work are a bit more limited than Vicky’s. But working in a more serious environment doesn’t automatically mean that your only option is a white blouse and pencil skirt or a pant suit. Just like a more creative job isn’t necessarily a free pass for wearing anything and everything you have in your closet. To us, it is important that our personalities are portrayed in the way we dress, while still making a professional impression and looking the part. For today’s feature we decided to show you both of our interpretations of a classic combination: dark blue pants, nude pumps, a blouse & sweater.
Kathi’s office style:
When you have a job that requires a more serious appearance, it doesn’t automatically mean that your work outfits have to be miles away from what you would choose to wear during your free time. Try to combine classics with pieces you love. For example, you could wear a cashmere sweater, which you would usually pair with some worn-out boyfriend jeans and a leopard bag, with a silky blouse and elegant navy blue skinny jeans. The best idea is to stick to a neutral color palette (blues, black, gray, white or egg-shell are always a good idea) and to go with pieces that are not too “loud”. Big jewelry is probably not the best idea, so choose a nice watch, classy pearl earrings or a delicate necklace instead. If you wear heels to work, be sure that you can walk in them. It is always important to appear confident when going into meetings, so the last thing you want is to wobble in on heels that are too high or uncomfortable.
Vicky’s office attire:
For jobs that are a little more relaxed in terms of dress code – for example in a creative setting, such as at advertising agencies, fashion-related jobs or PR firms – there usually aren’t too many rules and you’re free to wear whatever your closet has to offer. However, while patterns, bold colors, statement jewelry and hats are probably not a problem, there are a few general rules we would recommend to keep in mind. Too much skin is a definite no-go in our opinion. Again, it is, and will always be work (!) which should be a professional environment. If you’re meeting with clients or other departments, you don’t want your bare legs or tummy to get more attention that what you’re presenting, right? We like the idea of mixing a few trendy pieces (such as subtle animal print skinny jeans) with some classy pieces (like a white silky blouse or gray sweater) to create some balance for the look.
How do you dress for work? Are you making the most of strict dress codes or are you free to wear whatever you like? We’d love to know – simply leave a comment below!