Here at Desk to Dusk, we love our power suits; as much as we love to sport the classic colors, we love them even more when they come in bold, fun colors!
That said we know not all settings, or industries, deem equally appropriate to express our individuality (even if just for a day) through our wardrobe. In a conservative industry, it can be challenging to express our personal style without compromising professionalism. We've found though, that with the right approach, incorporating bold colors into your business wardrobe without sacrificing your credibility is possible.
Here are some tips to help you wear bright colors in a traditional business setting:
- START WITH SMALL ACCENTS
If you're hesitant about incorporating bright colors into your business attire, start with small accents. Accessories like ties, scarves, and statement jewelry can add a pop of color without being too overwhelming. Look for items that complement your neutral wardrobe, like a printed fuchsia scarf with a well-fitted navy suit.
2. EXPERIMENT WITH NEUTRALS
If you're feeling more daring, experiment with different color combinations. Pair a bold top with neutral pants or vice versa. Colors like navy, black, gray, and white are versatile and work well with a range of bright hues. Try a yellow blouse with gray slacks or a green blazer with white pants.
3. OPT FOR CLASSIC SILHOUETTES
When wearing bright colors in a conservative setting, it's essential to stick to classic silhouettes. Avoid trendy or flashy styles. Look for classic pieces like a well-tailored blazer, pencil skirt, or sheath dress in bold colors.
4. KEEP THE REST OF YOUR OUTFIT SIMPLE
To make your bold colors stand out, keep the rest of your outfit simple. Avoid loud patterns or prints and opt for neutral colors like black, white, or gray. This will ensure that your bright hues are the focal point of your outfit.
5. KNOW YOUR COMPANY
Before you start incorporating bright colors into your business wardrobe, make sure you know your company's dress code and office culture. Some workplaces may have strict guidelines that prohibit bright colors, while others may be more lenient. If you're unsure, start with small accents and gradually incorporate more color as you become more comfortable.
In conclusion, wearing bold colors in a traditional business setting can be challenging, but with the right approach, it's possible to express your personal style without sacrificing your professionalism. Start with small accents, experiment with different color combinations, stick to classic silhouettes, keep the rest of your outfit simple, and know your company's dress code. By following these tips, you can add a pop of color to your business wardrobe and stand out... for all the right reasons.