It’s no big secret that everyone wants the opportunity to stand out at work. And while closing a big deal or pitching a fantastic idea is a great way to score some brownie points with your boss, a statement wardrobe can help you stand out as well.
So to get you away from wearing safe black and grey suits and skirts to work every day, we’ve found some style-savvy 9-5 pieces that will help you make an impression at work for all the right reasons.
From eye-catching patterned pumps to a statement suit, HR will definitely approve of these wardrobe essentials.
Wide Leg Trousers
For those required to wear dress pants to work, a pair of wide leg trousers in a bold colour, or sharp black is the perfect way to stick to tradition while shaking things up a bit. Wide leg trousers are classic and look great when paired with a pair of pumps and a statement blouse.
Statement Tote Bag In order to break away from using a traditional black tote bag for work, use an eye-catching colour, or colour block bag. Go for a bag in more neutral colours like navy, cranberry, tan, or cream, so it can match with more versatile pieces.
You’ll impress your coworkers with confidence if you rock a pair of printed pumps that are subtle, yet still attention getting.
Funky Glasses If you don’t want to change up your wardrobe but wear glasses, then this is your window of opportunity to let your personality shine. Ditch the traditional black frames and get a fun shape or tortoise pattern. It will allow you to add some life to your look if you prefer to keep things safe.
Show your boss that you mean business in a bold blouse. A cheery floral or printed pattern will effortlessly stand out against everyone else’s traditional stripes and solid tops.
Non-Traditional Skirt Be the talk of the water cooler for all the right reasons in a non-traditional skirt. Styles that would be appropriate are knee-length patterns or statement leather skirts. Pair a bold skirt with a more reserved blouse to not overdo it.
Liven up your look by wearing a pair of earrings that are bold while not too aggressive for the boardroom. Try to avoid anything to0 dangly and stick to fun studs.
Bright Blazer Give your classic black blazer a break and wear a colourful or patterned blazer instead. A patterned or coloured jacket will amp up even the most neutral outfit.
Work to Dinner Dress
If you’re constantly having to come home to change before meeting your friends for apres-work drinks because you’re worried your outfit is too office-y, you need a dress that can take you from work to dinner. A great fit and fun pattern can be practical enough for the office yet fun enough for a night out.
Statement Suit If you really want to make a statement in the office, you need to ditch your traditional black suit and opt for one that is classy and fun. Try wearing a navy, plum, or burgundy suit and pair with a neutral top.