A work outfit is usually a uniform. Most companies for some reason would like to require work uniform outfits for their employees to have their own identity. But even wearing a uniform at your workplace, the fashion and style is always present.
There was a time not so long ago when women mimicked men in the workplace by wearing mannish suits to work complete with neck scarves standing in for ties. Fortunately, those days are over, and expressing personal style in the office is no longer taboo. There are, however, rules for what to wear in many workplaces, and you should take your work wardrobe cues from women in higher level positions.
One thing you want is to look polished, and you must avoid looking like a fashion victim at work. One good rule of thumb is that the more distracting an accessory or piece of clothing is, the less likely it’s OK to wear to work. Neutral colors like gray, navy, and black, look more conservative and grown up than other colors, and structured handbags look more professional than non-structured ones.
Regardless of where you work, the fit of your clothes is important. Not only are ill-fitting clothes uncomfortable, they are usually unflattering too. It is also vital that you not wear things that are too casual or too sexy. Fortunately, corporate dress rules have loosened up a little in the past 20 years, so that women finally feel like it’s OK to look feminine. But a work wardrobe should almost always be more formal than your “off hours” style.