There was a time when every professional, no matter the industry, dressed in a suit every day. But today, there are so many options and interpretations of business attire, and what is appropriate for your industry might not be the same as your best friend’s. So keep in mind, no matter the work environment, dress like a leader.
The maxi dress has that grey area of should it or shouldn’t it be worn at work? Yes, it’s making a comeback and you can certainly wear it to work, especially in those hot summer months, when the soft flowing material keeps you cool, and covered.
This style of dress is elegant and stunning, a perfect sophisticated piece to wear to work, or any social event. The soft and stretchy fabric featured in the photo here makes this
dress one that will ensure you’re comfortable and confident. As for shoes, the choices are many – open or closed toe shoes, heels, flats, sandals, or booties. It can also be paired
with an over-the-shoulder shawl, wrap, or sweater for cold conference rooms.
Mixing Patterns. Less is more? Today, more is more. A very popular trend today is two different patterns on the same shirt. You will see with the new trend that opposites
now attract such as lace and flowers, and the result is a very sophisticated style. The soft material in this top makes it even more appealing for a long work day.
Cardigans. Has there ever been a time when a cardigan wasn’t popular? These amazing pieces compliment almost any sleeveless top, and will dress up any shirt to make it
professional and perfect to wear to work.
Did you know? The fashion industry employs 1.8 million people in the US.
Shoes/Booties. What is so fun this year is seeing all the exciting new styles of shoes – including the velvet booties pictured here. Classic, timeless pieces that are professional
for work and segue into after hours. The comfort is what makes them a must have!
The global apparel market is valued at 3.3 trillion dollars, and accounts for 2% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The fashion industry includes many sub industries:
• The womenswear industry is valued at 621 billion dollars
• The menswear industry is valued at 402 billion dollars
• Sports footwear is valued at 90.4 billion dollars
• The bridalwear industry is valued at 57 billion dollars
– fashion united.com
By Courtney VanderPol
Courtney VanderPol is Director of Business Development & Sales for Filly Flair, an online clothing boutique.