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How To Upgrade Your Work Outfit For ZERO Dollars

posted in Fashion
01/27/2015
  • The Suit, Regular-Style
    Even if you don't work in a super-corporate environment, it's always a good look to wear a suit to work. Dressing it down with oxfords and a fashion-forward blouse are good places to start, but it helps to think of buttons and sleeve lengths as suggestions, not musts.

  • The Suit, Upgraded
    To make the suit look more fashion-forward than courtroom-formal, start by unbuttoning those buttons. Yes, all of them — you already do this with your blazers, so play it just as loose with your suit jacket. Then, push the sleeves up to just below your elbows. If your pants are a slim fit, give them a cuff or fold to make sure your ankles are out. Tuck in your shirt to show off a slim belt.

  • The Pencil Skirt, Regular-Style
    Your pencil skirt has been a staple of your workwear wardrobe for forever, and you've recently started wearing it with more casual staples, like graphic sweaters and fun pumps. But, with tights, the slimness of the skirt can end up making the entire outfit look a touch frowsy.

  • The Pencil Skirt, Upgraded
    Save the skirt for days when it's warm enough to forgo your tights. With bare legs and nude pumps, the pencil skirt can look twice as professional and modern than if you darkened it all up with opaque tights. To highlight your waist, give your thin sweater a small tuck and roll up the sleeves.

  • Button-Up, Regular-Style
    We've been preaching the gospel of the buttoned-all-the-way shirt for the past few years, but when paired with contemporary pieces, like culottes and oxfords, it can make for a stiff, stuffy vibe that isn't quite how you'd like to present yourself at work.

  • Button-Up, Upgraded
    To give it a more modern spin, employ a half-tuck on the oxford. (Remember: Tuck in the side with the layer that's closest to your body to avoid any twisted buttons.) Unbutton it to the top of your sternum and roll the sleeves up past your elbows. Those little black socks we all own are a cute way to give your work look a fun kick.

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