If you work in an informal environment that doesn’t demand you to wear formals everyday, then you are probably aware of the culture of wearing smart casuals to work. Your clothes build your personality and it's always great to look sophisticated and professional when at work, whatever be the dress code. We’ve jotted down some styling tricks that will make your casuals work for the office. From a simple belt to high heels, these guidelines will help you transform your casual clothes into a polished formals that demand compliments.
Belting It Up
Tomas_Maier_toam_pf17_009 Wearing a loose, oversized shirt? Just add a belt to the shirt to define your waist. This will instantly transform your lazy girl shirt to a work-appropriate top with more dimension and detail. Pick a thin belt in a contrasting colour to add a hint of pop or use neutral colours to look like you mean business.
Add A Scarf
Denim_by_Premiere_Vision_dpv21112w_WDSC_0200 A simple scarf can add ample amount of personality to your outfit. Wear it like a tie around your neck or let it hang like a stole; it manages to add character to your boring casual outfit. Works especially well if you’ve worn well-fitted jeans with a lose top or T-shirt. If you want to add some quirk to your outfit then wear your scarf as a headband and make heads turn.
Layer It Up
Primark_lb31216_primarkuk_811322093505261 Wearing a blazer, cardigan or jacket over a normal T-shirt or graphic tee will add the much needed seriousness to the outfit. A blazer or jacket makes you look professional and layering is the trick to look slimmer and turn your casuals into amazing work wear.
Structured Pants
Monique_Lhuillier_lhu_pf17_021 Pick structured pants to wear to work. These fitted pants are versatile and can be teamed with any top for a grown-up, means-business look. Team yours with a loose top or wear it with a kurta, the choice is yours. Avoid wearing washed, tattered denims to work as they give out a very casual, still-in-college message.
Let Your Heels Do The Talking
Fashion_Week_Streets_befws40616_STST0049 Any casual attire can be transformed into trendy formals in minutes by pairing them with the right footwear. Wear jeans and a T-shirt and team them with heels, yes any kind of heels, to add flair to your look instantly. Preferably, wear pointed shoes that are more formal-looking. Heels give out a very sophisticated vibe that can covert your I-don’t-give-a-damn look into I-mean-business look in minutes. Pick neutral shades like black and beige and keep them handy in office to wear in last minute meetings.
Tuck In A Long Shirt
J.Crew_lb110117_J Wearing a long button down shirt that makes you look like your right out of bed? Turn it into an office wear by simply tucking it in from the front. Tucking in the long shirt instantly makes it look work-appropriate and adds some seriousness to your look.
Wear Solid Colours
Seoul_ses0915_DSC_4100 Wearing solid colours to work is a great idea. Solid colours are not distracting and are easy to pair too. Avoid wearing patterns and busy design that can go wrong easily. Sporting solids also look more conservative and serious.
Simple Accessories
New_York_nyr21116_63_WW_NewYork_November_2016 Your jewellery can make or break your outfit of the day. So to look more professional while you are still in your casual-best make sure you pick simple, elegant jewellery pieces instead of large, chunky ones. The tiny ones look more sophisticated; remember the cardinal rule of less is more.
A Structured Bag
lb170117_Michael_Michael_Kors53 The accessories you carry also make a big difference to your attire. When working on a more formal look make sure the bag you use is also perfect. Which means instead of a small clutch or tote carry a satchel with you which is likely to give a better impression. Like this article? Also read: Office Essentials To Pick From The Brand Fair