Clothes Call: Dressing for a big meeting at the office
Whether you’re delivering a presentation to a big group or have a one-on-one with your boss, you’ll want to look polished and pulled-together for those upcoming and important work meetings.
Yes, the quality of your work is of utmost importance, but in this era of personal branding, how you present yourself can’t be overlooked. An outdated or faded suit, for example, could send the message that your ideas aren’t fresh. A wrinkled shirt could translate to the notion that you don’t pay close attention to details. Colors that are too loud, flashy accessories or jingling bracelets can steal your spotlight and distract from the importance of what you have to say.
So while you’re rehearsing your presentation or brainstorming pitches, let us play personal assistant and help with the wardrobe styling.
Start with a sheath dress—a work wardrobe staple that is versatile and stylish, and can be just as professional as a suit when you pair it with a blazer (we like the Collection tw0-button jacket in light khaki, on sale for $110.60 at The Limited). Bonus: You won’t have to worry about ironing a button-up shirt in the morning. One of our favorite, go-to workwear color combos that always looks fresh is tan and black because it’s easy to accessorize and is a good break from the all-black or all-navy work uniform. Pair with pantyhose (hey, they’re cool again! Need proof? Refer to our Duchess of Cambridge Exhibit: Kate Middleton). Stock up on Sheer Caress control-top pantyhose, $18, from JC Penney. The Collection piped sheath dress, on sale for $68.60, The Limited
Accessories are a perfect way to polish off a look by tying everything together. Leave the statement pieces for a casual Friday, and, instead, rely on structured handbags and simple jewelry to complement your outfit. Draw in soft touches of color with a gem necklace that features soft pinks mixed with earth tones. Or, keep your look traditional with a black stone necklace, $27.96, The Limited. Eclectic gem necklace, $39.50, Loft
You don’t want to be worrying whether your signature plum lipstick is on your teeth or if your eyeliner smudges. So, instead, get in on the nude look that’s trending right now with soft lipstick and eyeshadow palettes. The Naked Palette from Urban Decay, $54, Sephora, comes with a dozen gorgeous neutrals from a buff matte to a mocha shimmer. For lipstick, give the limited-edition lipstick (above) a try. It’ss infused with murumuru and cupuacu butters from the Amazon, and the soft pink shade will smooth and hydrate your lips and provide a neutral pink color. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Butter lipstick, $16, sephora.com