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How to dress like a lady boss

Make a good impression and perhaps advance your career with what you wear

May 13, 2022By Kristabel Peñafuerte

Growing up, I enjoy seeing my mom meticulously putting together her office attire. She just loves planning her day-to-day outfits and picking which lipstick matches her look.

I guess it started my love for power dressing. A power suit exudes elegance and confidence without trying hard. You can even play around with colors depending on your personality. There are also some different silhouettes or types of fittings that you can choose from to elevate your corporate dressing game.

After all, dressing up plays a role in establishing one’s credibility and professional image. If you’re unsure of what to wear, worry no more. We’re here to guide you so you can work in style.

Look 1:

It may be cliché, but classic styles never go out of style. Go for a classic tailored suit, a pair of trusty nude pumps, and a pair of stud earrings.

While a neutral-colored tailored suit goes well with every body type, you may want to play around with fabrics. Cashmere, linen, and cotton are some of the popular fabric choices.

Finish off your neutral outfit with a statement piece – a pop of plum structured bag.

When purchasing a work bag, get a bag that best fits your lifestyle. If you’re a light packer, a medium-sized tote bag is enough to carry around all your daily essentials.

Look 2:

A white linen button down shirt and pencil cut skirt will always be a practical go-to workwear combo. But why not try to spice things up a little? Match your silk shirt with a high waist linen pencil cut skirt to elongate your frame.

If you want to loosen up your skirt by mid-day, you may freely adjust your belted pencil cut skirt. Complete your look with a pair of white block pumps to make your legs look longer without sacrificing comfort.

Look #3:

Whenever people ask me if I should pick comfort or style, I always tell them, “Why not pick both?” Balance style and comfort by trying this vintage-meets-modern look.

This will give you extra oomph to your daily workwear. Besides, a powerful lady boss wardrobe will never be complete without a classic tailored suit.

Update your look by adding a dainty ruffled top, which is making a fashion comeback this year. Aside from looking stylish, a slightly loose ruffled top can also help you hide some belly fat, as it can draw attention away from your tummy.

Top it off with red pumps and a tote bag to take your neutral suit to the next level.

Look 4:

Bright orange made its way over the spring runways. Take advantage of the orange is the new black trend by adding a statement puzzle bag paired with an orange blazer and printed trousers.

Orange may look intimidating for those who are starting to experiment with colors for the first time, but note that this vibrant hue often goes well with different types of skin tone.

To complement your bold ensemble, try to finish off your look with a pair of white kitten heels and button down in the shade of dusty pink.

Look 5:

If you have a lot of errands for the day and still want to be fashionable, a pair of buckled suede loafers can save the day.

Elevate your workwear style by playing around with different textures. Put on a leather skirt which is a versatile statement piece that you can wear from day to night. Pair it with a textured ruffled blouse for an elegant and polished look.

Three seconds

Building your workwear closet can help you play around with your looks to fit your personality. Take inspiration from my suggestions above to express yourself.

As my fashion professor would always say, it only takes three seconds for people to make an impression of you. Leave a good one by how you dress up.

KRISTABEL PENAFUERTE is a Corporate Affairs Officer of Metrobank. Prior to her role in corporate communications, she was into fashion marketing and styling.

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