What to wear to work while still looking elegant: Ladies edition

You already have fabulous style. Now you want to focus on your capabilities. Especially in the workplace. 

It’s so easy for men to show up cleaned up in a job interview, because they have much less options than women. Not only is style a huge factor, but women have more to worry about when it comes to curves, appropriate workwear for the type of work, and what our boss perceives to be conservative.

You do not get a second chance to make a first impression. 

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Here are some simple rules to guide you on what to wear to have confidence in the workplace and prioritize your skills while still looking drop dead elegant:

Cover your shoulders.

A top does not have to be a blouse with a full on long sleeve. Just something that does not bare any opening to your under arms. Cap sleeves minimum. They are dainty and feminine, yet still can be taken seriously without looking like you are trying to be flirty. Everyone’s eyes are going to be on you naturally as you are an elegant woman. Being taken seriously is priority when at work.

Cleavage should not be on anyone’s mind.

People cannot help themselves. There is only a handful of countries I have been to where the men’s eyes do not wander away from my face. The United States is not one of them. It is important to let our skills speak for themselves. It is empowering to be alluring simply by one’s capabilities. I rather have people focus on the content of what I am saying rather than giving an unnecessary show when it is not the right time and place.

Close-toed shoes always.

This is for city living in general. It is always best to keep things conservative and clean when in the office. Showing your toes is too casual for the workplace. Pumps, loafers, and ballet flats are your friends in the professional space. 

If your skirt hemline is past your fingertips when relaxing your arms at your sides, it’s too short.

If you are donning separates, or have a fabulous skirt suit, you want to make sure it is an appropriate length. This applies to everything you do in the office. For example, standing when giving a presentation, sitting for a meeting, bending over to fetch some files, and walking in and out of the elevators. You do not want to bump into your boss and feel cold or uncomfortable.

When it doubt, keep it simple. 

If you find yourself not knowing what to do when it comes to keeping up with all the trends, avoid them. Keep it simple. and stick to what looks good on you. If you are not entirely certain of what flatters your figure, it looks like it is time for a trip to a few of your favourite retailers! Trying garments on will tell you everything. 

Be sure you make the visit with your best look, hair, makeup, and versatile shoes, so you know you did everything you can to make the look fabulous. If you show up when you do not feel your best, it will affect your mood and how you see yourself when trying on styles.

Bonus tip: If you have any tattoos, make sure they are not visible whatsoever. 

Of course this all depends on the job you’re applying for, but it’s important to remember to dress like you already are the boss at this position. It’s important to lead by example, and give yourself something to aspire to if it truly is a place you can see yourself growing and moving up in. 

In my etiquette training, I cover all the things that make a lady with elegance, grace, yet still colourful with personality. This goes for all things style, comportment, and empowerment. I would love to see you inside my etiquette training course to get to know you one-on-one, and level up every facet of your new life.

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Gia G. Dixon
Gia G. Dixon

I’m Gia G. Dixon, an etiquette consultant certified under Royal Charter of King Charles III. Here is my guide to elegant style, high quality living, and little things that make your daily life glamorous.

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