What to wear to Look like you Mean Business

If you work in a corporate environment with a fairly formal dress code you’ve probably heard the saying “dress for the job you want, not the one you have.” One of the best ways to upgrade your image is with quality, classic accessories. It’s amazing how many people notice your accessories, before they notice your outfit. You can make an inexpensive dress look designer with the right accessories but sadly it doesn’t seem to work the other way. It’s worth spending more on a bag and shoes that you wear everyday of the week than on a dress you only wear once a month. Here is where cost per wear really makes sense. You see all you needed was the justification to buy that beautiful bag!

Start building your accessory wardrobe with a great work bag or feminine briefcase in a neutral colour that goes with all your workwear basics. Add classic court shoes, a smart laptop or ipad case, a stylish watch and pen. Go for colours like black, navy, tan and cream that will go with most other colours. Once you have a main “capsule” of accessories start to build a second one in another colour, perhaps black or navy for winter and tan or cream for summer. These items will last for years and shouldn’t be high fashion, they are an investment in your business wardrobe. It’s a great time to buy now during the sales too.

Here are some options which I have deliberately teemed with an inexpensive and a mid priced dress:


Dress from Kalico at John Lewis reduced to £30
Luna Collar Necklace from Phase Eight £30
Ipad case by Ted Baker at House of Fraser now £89
Radley Aldgate Bag from John Lewis £135
Hobbs Suede Court shoe from John Lewis £119
Twisted pearl necklace by LK Bennett from House of Fraser £95
Steel & Gold watch by michael Kors watches from my-wardrobe.com £199
Modalu Pippa bag in Nude from John Lewis £195
Bury kitten heel shoes by LK Bennett from House of Fraser £155


Sonia Print dress from Phase Eight £99
Pens from a selection at John Lewis
Tan Ipad case y Ollie & nick from House of Fraser £30
Tortoise shell & gold watch by Michael Kors watches from my-wardrobe.com £239
Mulberry Bayswater Tote from John Lewis £650
Pied a Terre slingback shoes from John Lewis £140
Apple Ipad case from John Lewis £59
Crocus Tote bag by LK Bennett £245
LK Bennett patent court shoes from John Lewis £185

I’d love to know if you have invested in one of these classics. Do you feel more confident at work when you “dress up”?

2 Comments

    • admin
      May 3, 2012 / 12:05 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Lorna and for your lovely comments, I’ve followed you on Twitter and Bloglovin look forward to getting to know you through your blog too.