Most of us have our workwear, and then the weekend casual look –that usually consists of the most comfortable thing we can find that isn’t work-related.
But what about those times when you’re off work yet want to dress up a bit? That’s where an edgy corporate style comes in.
Many people are under the impression that professional equates with boring, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. The fact is that creating an off-duty yet stylish look doesn’t mean wearing the same exact outfits that you wear to the office; instead, it means breaking out those classic, timeless staples –as well as adding in a few new, edgy pieces to spruce the look up.
The results? When done right, this look can be sleek, streamlined, professional, and fun –all at once.
If you’re tired of wearing the same old same old clothes on your days off, and in the market for some outfits that will help you to feel better –and look great too, a professional, modern style may be exactly what you need. Here are a few tips to help you nail the look.
Invest in the Basics
First things first, it’s important to invest in some good, solid, timeless pieces. If you’re going to splurge, these pieces are the ones that you should invest in, since they’ll last you for years to come, and will be able to transition seamlessly with shifting trends and the ever-changing face of fashion. Every modern woman needs a few good pairs of tailored trousers, an elegant blazer, some classic pantsuits, a few good button-ups, a pencil skirt or midi skirt, and a little black dress. These are all must-have foundational pieces that can easily be mixed and matched with more casual pieces for a modern, laid back, yet sophisticated look.
Mix Up Some Casual Classics
This isn’t your everyday jeans and a t-shirt ensemble, although of course, that has its place too! The key with edgy corporate though, is to pair up your casual pieces with a more classic piece. Think: a relaxed, comfortable, linen button-down shirt tucked into black or navy skinny jeans and paired up with some edgy accessories. Or a cool black jumpsuit or overalls over a white or neutral colored top. A pleated skirt can get new life when worn with a casual, boxy top, or mix slouchy pants –cuffed at the hem, with a casual v-neck shirt, tucked in, and a belt. It’s all about mixing casual and classic and finding a style that you’re comfortable with.
Add a Splash of Color
Accessories are your chance to shine when it comes to casual, corporate off-work style. Adding a splash of color is a great way to dress up an outfit –just remember that the idea is to enhance your entire look –not to add confusion or distraction to your outfit. Look for pieces that help to balance out the look –for instance, a fun floral dress can be balanced with modern, angular jewelry, or balance out a menswear-inspired look with feminine accessories –such as dangly earrings, a pretty handbag, and ballet flats. Remember, the goal is keeping it simple and edgy, not cluttered.
The monochrome style consistently sweeps both the streets and the runway, and for good reason. It’s a look that can be worn just about anywhere, anytime. Plus, it’s easy to mix and match monochrome pieces. A classic monochrome look is stylish black trousers, with a white blouse, pendant necklace, and black pumps. But of course, you can mix things up! Start with the basics, and add a fun jacket, some platform shoes –or look to add black and white in the form of polka dots, checks, or stripes. It’s entirely up to you!
Additional texture will help to add visual interest to your outfit. Try to ensure that you layer with lighter clothing so you avoid the bulky look and don’t end up feeling too ‘draped’ with clothes. Coordinate your clothes to match, and carefully incorporate color. Keep in mind that too many different colors and textures can look busy if you don’t take care.
Finally, keep in mind the most important rule when it comes to fashion: have fun! Wear clothes that fit you well, ones that you feel great in. Don’t try to force yourself into pieces that just aren’t working for you. The right choice is an outfit that makes you feel your very best –no matter if that’s office wear, or a sweatshirt and jeans! The best look is a relaxed and confident persona. Wear things that will help you feel your best, and the rest will follow.
What’s your favorite off-duty look?