Revamp your work wardrobe

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How to update your office attire and inject some creativity into your look.

Revamp your work wardrobe
Give your work wardrobe a facelift (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

It's just a matter of refreshing your base looks by adding some key statement pieces and experimenting with some colour and accessories.

Appearances matter in the working world and the clothes you wear to the office help to make a good first impression. If you look good then you feel good which will subsequently boost your confidence and performance at work. If you're fed up of wearing the same old clothes to the office then it's time to think about giving your work wardrobe a makeover. Gone are the days when your office attire has to be limited to the standard two piece suit or separates in muted tones. Today's professional dress code is much more relaxed and versatile. You can still look smart, comfortable and elegant while injecting a bit of pizzazz into your look. There's scope to play around and have some fun. What's more, you don't need to max out your credit card and invest in a whole new wardrobe to do it. It's just a matter of refreshing your base looks by adding some key statement pieces and experimenting with colour and accessories. That said, there's no point in marching into the office in something way out there and spending the whole day feeling uncomfortable and self conscious. Stick to items that compliment your personal style and personality and give you confidence while remaining feminine, contemporary and functional. You need to look and feel like you mean business.

Statement Blazer

Revamp your work wardrobe
Make a statement with your blazer. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Blazers are an office staple but it doesn't mean you have to stick to the same old boring cut and colour. Over the last few seasons, the blazer has been given a new lease of life by the fashion world and there are lots of new styles you can try, from short and structured to longer more androgynous and slouchy cuts. Invest in a couple of new blazers in different styles or colours to dress up your outfit and give it a bit of an edge.

Work with your base colour in your bottoms it black, navy or grey and choose a brighter coloured blazer to match. If you're always in trousers or skirts then try it with a solid coloured black or grey dress instead. If you're going to go bright with your blazer then stick to more muted tones for your shirt or other top.

Alternatively, focus on the details and opt for blazers that play around with structure and tailoring, be it skinny lapels, quirky stitching or buttons, or razor sharp lines.

For days when you don't have to see clients and you can dress down a touch, pair your blazer with a pair of dark skinny jeans and a smart fitted top.

Accessorise accessorise

Revamp your work wardrobe
Brighten up your look with some accessories. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

One of the easiest ways to jazz up a corporate outfit is with accessories. They can instantly transform your wardrobe staples and inject more personality, texture and creativity into your look, from a quirky pair of shoes to a statement necklace or a pair of patterned tights.

Whether you wear heels or flats to the office, try something new. Invest in a new pair of ballet pumps in a bright colour to add a pop of colour to a black and white ensemble. Or shop around for a new pair of statement heels (preferably something you can walk in) to give your outfit a more fashionable edge.

Alternatively, use a colourful belt to break up a basic top and bottom ensemble and add more definition to your silhouette. A skinny belt helps create a thinner, sexier waist while something chunkier and high-waisted emphasises the right curves.

Focus attention on the neck with a fun printed scarf or a statement necklace that stands out against your top. Try different styles, thicknesses and materials. If you are top heavy, thinner styles will work better. If you are petite try shorter and thicker styles, while longer necklaces help elongate your torso.

Once you've purchased your new accessories, play around with them in front of the mirror combining them with different outfits to find the best combinations. Remember more is less so don't over accessorise. Just stick to a couple of accents for each look.

Experiment with Colour

Revamp your work wardrobe
Add a shot of colour. (NA/ Images)

You can't go wrong with black, white and grey but introducing some colour into your work wardrobe is a great way to stand out from the crowd. Injecting some colour into your office life might also add some zing to your mood and and your colleagues around you. You don't have to dress in head to toe colour but a colourful shirt, top, bag or shoes will do the trick.

For spring/summer think in a palette of candy or pastel colours while for winter, reds and purples are better suited. If you're not confident enough to step out in a bright red skirt or pink shirt then add some colour to your outfit through your accessories, from a purple leather bag to a new pair of colourful glasses frames.

If you usually just stick to blocks of colour then experiment with some colourful stripes and prints too. Start small with a printed scarf and then consider a printed shirt. Just keep it to one set of stripes or prints per outfit. To score even more highly in the style stakes, match the colour of your lipstick or eyeshadow with the colours in your outfit.

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