You’d be surprised at the amount of simply speaking your mind through fashion can really let someone see you and something that makes you you. Let’s start off with the basics of an appropriate, professional level, of what your career field choices or type of office position says about you and your maturity level. By this time in life we want to be taken as serious adults, and not under paid food industry jobs employees like overaged teenagers with baggy vintage rock tees and ripped denim jeans, “just out of bed” “I wore this the day before” type, late to their minimum wage job just because their lazy. You want to be known for the the position of employment that speaks “I have real ideas for this company and I’m a woman who speaks her free mind just as much as her style says speaks about her soul.”
I want to share some awesome “little black dresses“, “cropped tops” and “mini skirts” and jackets to bring the outfit all together! Styling tips and tricks for standing out and looking amazing at your office job this season! I know you’re thinking cropped tops for a thirty year old professionally affiliated wears crop tops to a 9-5 day job? I also want to share my styling tips on them so you can see how they are office ready and age level appropriate for you to start a flair at your new career heading in the direction of your dream job. The time to dress like a CEO, or even better is now. Thanks so much to StyleWe.com for helping me out with this, and letting me use their photos!
“The Little Black Dress”
First lets cover the one of a kind traditional work and club piece: “The Little Black Dress“. Everyone has one, they take off weight, they hide your figure, they’re dark and blend in. Let’s work on standing out through stylist artistic impression. Be the trend setter and the globe trotter. Share your bold inspirations with the world.
The one above is a classic example of the basic “body con dress” with a bright color and a drastically theatrically diva-ish change to a dark black tone for vibrancy affects. Tone down your makeup colors to simple nudes or golds and silvers with black for underpaying effects. If you’re feeling bold a bright yellow handbag would look great! I have a large yellow plastic one with a huge bow on it and it would pair with this perfectly! I would wear bright yellow closed heels/pumps, or even the really cute yellow black and white bumble bee pattern heels, or butterfly pattern heels with the butterfly sitting on the top, maybe that’s too matchy matchy. If you’re feeling that one day and not the next, then simple contrast colors and do some chunky bright yellow earrings and a matching necklace with a blue handbag and even red heels if they’re pop art enough. If you bring shoes make sure they’re not simple heels, but decorated and detailed with loudness to bring the attention to your popping shoes, not a simple black dress!
Which brings me to another classic form of little black dress is the straight away vintage babydoll inspired dress in any color! You can wear it with nude nylons or a pair of pants like above. The shoes make the look! I love the large circle I would try to find a necklace with a circle pendent and wear that with it. These can be styled several ways and always look good for office settings! Notice how elegant the roses make the dress look and how the lipstick attracts you too. Red lipstick is 95% more guaranteed to think about sex with you or kissing you after seeing a woman (probably you) in red lipstick or the color red in general. That’s why major stores use it to market holidays.
Anyway back to little black dresses, and their impact on the office style statistics. This two toned print put together is really cute and I love the design pattern! It won’t stretch you in either direction during photos (horizontal = fatter, vertical = taller) which is an added plus, you could add a belt to the center for an accessory. Some classy gold jewelry would pair well or the large pendent cut earrings the model is wearing would work nice. The bright red clutch is perfect to add to the red, white and dark blue. The hair style is everything in this! The natural loose flow of the messy side braid easily adds a flawless type of character to the look and makes it look effortlessly chic.
This bodycon dress is a setup from the traditional because it shows an abstract pattern and is a bit longer in length. Its colors leave it open to be virtually anything with any color added to it. Remember that hair styles, nail choices amd makeup all can make or break an outfit too. So can a handbag! so make sure all the details are done just right for each of your looks.
This black dress styled like a peacoat gives details of upscale class and the velvet material gives it the holiday settings. The red handbag paired with the black looks amazing. The bold colors draw your eyes across the entire look. Short or dangle earrings, but the cut doesn’t offer room for a necklace. It may add clutter details, that are not wanted.
This oversized sweater dress is my favorite for dresses! Lets set OUT of our comfort zones this year and really try some looks! This sweater dress looks like its not office wearable, but pair it with some tall brown boots or cowgirl boots and a native inspired pendant necklace such as in the photo. If you feel too loose or airy simple add a black or white thin belt around your waist to bring it in for a tighter look. Or solid leggings in a neutral black or gray to keep the look within professional color patterns. It’s super comfortable and can also be paired with loud print tights or even jeans for an cute southern outdoorsy look. This screams brown braided headband with earth decor for necklace decorations.
This dress is border line dress for office wear. It’s cute design and neutral colored pattern flow and the bottom sash adds flair for the look but it is a bit on the youg adult side. Dress it up a bit more with your accessories or jacket and add professionalism to this cute dress! It definitely doesn’t scream boring or unstylish off your resume! You could spice it up with a low fitting belt buckle or maybe tall knee high red boots.
Back to the loud and bold prints! I love this dress, but I feel like it’s too big on the model and wished the bustier area was more defined instead of flat. Either way this print and color is cute and would go great under a solid knee length colored peacoat jacket. I would seriously rock this dress with tall red or yellow rubber rain boots like back in 2008 when I wore my rain boots EVERYWHERE, including the VMAs. They have to be the right boot cut and length that wouldn’t look right with all rain boots. But hey! A see through matching color plastic umbrella and and a raincoat instead of the peacoat or both since it’s probably cold… Office wise, pair it with a ruby red and black beaded stone cut pendant necklace, and matching beaded bracelets in similar size, if not bigger than the necklace. I’m almost done with my complete Holiday Wear for The Office of “Simply Adults” just losing their “young” guide! I just have a few more tips and favorites to share!
This little black dress is simple, cute and effect in its own way. I would keep it simple and wear this with ballet flats on the days I wasn’t feeling my career or job. The bow in the center is what does it for this look. It’s perfect without doing a thing. A simple peacoat would pair well with this closet basic.
This funky cut of a dress is unique and personable. It adds a play on time periods. The accessories they paired it with go so well! A tassel fluffy ball necklace sends it to the 70’s/80’s. Big rings that match the color of the clutch or handbag you choose together.
I really love the entire design of the dress. Again make sure your nails match your accessories and your lipstick choices compliment rather than take over or don’t do anything for the look. If it’s really cold outside pairing some black tights or leggings with this would look fine.
#2 The Sexy Crop Top, professionalized with style coordination!
Sexy crop tops aren’t necessary for the young, the young minded just need a different pattern, and a unique cut as well as design. This is one of my favorite outfits for this post simply because it’s so borderline “young adult / simply adult” with the frisky yet sophisticated style. One that says I’m educated and sophisticated & enough to work for a company with my career path planned down the line instead of a fast food employee.
I also seriously love these pants, just need to say that, and the top is a perfect display of the work environment when layered over a tucked in solid color turtle neck sweater and display the neck base of the sweater in your outfit as a detail. Or maybe an oversized sweater, one for a much less formal , yet still in the ball game of chic, if paired classically with a set of white pearls and solid black pumps or closed heels. Pair it with a form / body cut cropped black blazer and it’s a complete set of professionalism.
A high waisted skirt will pair well with a high waisted skirt to fill in the crop top’s missing attributes! Again, one garment should be loud and the other soft pattern and noise wise. Then a matching clutch purse is perfect or a vintage inspired purse. If you’re bold do mix all three loud prints together try to do a contrast in theme of the print or color. Maybe all the primary colors of red, yellow, and blue, or circles & squares for pattern design contrast. Don’t mix certain material types with others, some materials just don’t mix. Plastic and polyester might turn out fine, but a thick knitted sweater might not match with heavy outer wear (i.e. Jewelry and accessories). That loud native inspired necklace is the perfect touch for this outfit vintage 60’s retro vibes outfit. It needs something loud in color, or bold and chunky in design to get the viewers focus on your matching accessories (don’t forget your nails ladies)!
A “sexy crop top” can be styled in a professional way that covers, yet tells all. This sweater vest crop top is perfect for Autumn & Winter out here in California where 35 at night is the lowest temperature sets its average for the cold season in the always sunny California. The average Autumn day is 60-70 degrees, and during Winter it’s between 40-70 degrees, sometimes late twenties depending on if you live in the mountains or the city. The shoulder cut gives it a classy vibe and the long pencil skirt kills it in any color, cut, or pattern. This one does them all especially around the Seasonal holidays!
This is a really unique cut crop top, and can give a natural off centered blend in with the masses or horribly wrong garment cut if styled wrong, but if styled correctly with layers such as, a black or dark colored turtleneck with a bright earthy tone like “Maple” or a spunky coral tinted lipstick, and matching tones from the makeup to bring out the details for the loud jewelry, and to turn up the matching shades in your makeup to help them compliment the entire look.
Or do opposite hues of the same color and you can play with the coloring too such as a dark stylish jacket or blazer in either red (the pink pants), purple or deep rich red-Violet esq under setting to compliment your pink pants, but casual enough for the top to do its magic. These shorts are an office no no no matter how they’re styled. Putting tights under short shorts only adds to the “young” adult factor. We’re dropping our young and transitioning into simply adults. I think we were supposed to figure something out that we never did.
The shirt comes in pastel pink and white and can be styled in several unique stylish ways! Bringing attention to the already dominating color like pastel pink and pastel toned beach vibe jewelry like long stone carved necklaces or long sea shells of all sizes, or sometimes simple as a black bowtie necklace. This shirt can be worn and styled several different ways and if you can figure them all out your investment in this shirt could save you a lot of money and closet space!
You could look the CEO’s stylist if you weren’t looking so boss yourself! Stick in either natural earthy tones like tans, browns, blacks and Native American inspired cuts or shapes and prints or bright hippish yellows, pinks, and whites with loud flowers and accessories shapes for design patterns. Maybe even brightly colored nails with a loud statement or design in black and diamonds. I really do love these fuzzy velvet material with the wide leg cut for a design. Perfect for the office as well! Maybe it’s a two piece suit!
Again, never to the denim frayed short shorts in the office! Ever. If you don’t work a desk job then the world is your office and treat it as you would your workplace. It is your hustle, so hustle hard and style harder.
I love the contrasting of colors with the dark blue skirt and pastel pink crop top. The patterns are both so bold, and over the top that they go well together and even makes it look like its a dress not a skirt and top paired together. These are loud prints, so be sure to pair them and wear them together proud!
Another type of jacket is the shoulder vest. It adds class to look like never before considering the ladies who brought it into style back in the day. The vibrant green is opposite of red and the circles make a great texture for the pattern. The pencil skirt is also another basic work skirt that pairs well with anything.
This last look is fairly arguable, but if you pull it off with the right prints and sweater designs you can get away with any color of boyfriend jeans, form fitting cotton pants, or non distressed jeans very limited. A vintage sweater from your high school might add just the right touch of uniqueness for the sweater. Personalize to own. I don’t recommend chickens but a loud all over print on the bottoms is a go for us for some different work styles you can play with!
This deep ruby red jacket makes its statement with its shape! The flow of perfection when pairing this to a petticoat layer dress. Its rich color leaves only room for golds, silvers, whites, blacks, cream and pastel pinks. A pair of Rose earrings would be perfect for a soft pastel offsettling style form. Or natural glisering rhinestones that literally scream “shine bright like a diamond!” Along with a black, white or cream clutch. A pair of elbow gloves might help with the weather and add freshness to your look at the same time.
For a cute change of the Peacock Coat a cropped jacket is in my closet! I love the color of this jacket, and it’s perfect for that professional yet fun and approachable way to try a new jacket type. It’s light and simple and looks great buttoned up or down! If it’s really cold button it all the way and add a bright print, or colored tie either loosely for decal or worn simply tied formal as a dedicated detail to the assemble. Pair it with flats in a solid color either a shade of pastel or something off hue a little like light red or coral color to draw attention instead of having it blend in.
The style pattern of the white skirt is long and flowy enough for daily office fashion. A simple white or black blouse would be a basic pairing. If you want a little fun to it pair it with a bright vintage inspired design button up like a loud all over fish print in several warm colors or a sheer lace blouse with a nice chiffon top underneath for layering. Or an oversized sweater to pair over it. The Rose design seems to look like an Asian writing and they used a clutch from Asia to compliment it.
A nice change of jacket the old floral 70’s “Grandma’s Drapes” vibe presents itself as a fashionista. The color makes the print soft enough to bring down to work level attire and the large buttons add detail. If you style it similar with a knee length skirt and the jacket as your “top” don’t add any jewelry it will clutter and distract from the detailed buttons of the jacket.
These simple style skirts in every color are basic staple accessories in pairing skirts and blouses together! The deviants in the skirt give it a pleated texture and make a cute pairing for any top long sleeve or short sleeved.
This one is neutral colors but loud accessory details for both the unique circle patterned mini skirt and white feathered zip crop top. Pairing the top over a black sweater or turtleneck adds a material pop to your co workers faces. A large floppy sunhat, or a classy old school pin on ladies hat with large differences in all materials is perfect! I would choose chunkier shoes like knee high white boots or closed white heels or platforms even. The skirt is a bit harder to pair without it turning you into a fashion circus. Keep your accessories simple and classic like pearls or a gold chain of small pearls.
The differences in material structures offer a large contrasts in patterns and already makes this outfit very bold. Pair this skirt over a black pleated pettycoat for added length and use the pettycoats material for added volume as well. It’s looks alone are going to turn heads and spark conversations. Pair it with a very off setting jacket, like an entirely new pattern adding to it or a solid primary color either blue for a cooler recessive under tone, loud and in your face yellow for the color to drag in the attention and the outfit to take it away or the bold color red a dominating powerful color that makes a statement of power no matter what the rest is.
This is definitely a more age appropirate overall dress for work attire. The shirt underneath color literally be any color or pattern posted next to black. Nylons for dresses and skirts are always appropriate. Closed toe heels are more professional, but both are accepted. Wearing your hair up in a bun with some red lipstick would be attention grabbing with your chest fully covered.
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