Never judge a book by its cover.  But let's face it- we all do. 

How we present ourselves to the world is an expression of how we want others to see or perceive us. And that tells a lot. Your outer package- everything from make-up to apparels and accessories paints a picture. That collective picture can work in or against your favour, depending on your brush strokes.

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We have compiled a list of tips to take your work outfits up a notch.

1. Accessories

We recommend classic accessories such as a solitaire diamond stud earrings or pearl earrings. These classics never run out of style and works a charm to take your overall looks to the next level.

Three prong diamond stud earringsFresh water pearl stud earrings

 

2. Invest in a pair of good, preferably leather shoes

A pair of black leather shoes is always a good investment as it practically goes well with anything. Covered shoes instantly gives you a more polished and focused look- not to mention that they elongate the legs.

On the other hand, a nude-coloured pump will go well with practically anything lighter-coloured outfit, while a black-coloured one matches an overall darker-colour ensemble.

Photo courtesy of lulus.com

 

3. Fitting outfit

Depending on the industry you're in (conservative industries like banking and legal VS creative such as advertising and start-ups), we recommend a pop of colour to brighten up your overall assemble.

A wrap dress is an excellent choice as you can control your overall look, easily switching from formal to casual, all by just playing with accessories. 

Naomi Watts casually strolling on a Banana Republic wrap dress. Photo courtesy of williamsonsource.com

A work-appropriate work ensemble-dress from Diane Von Furstenberg

 

4. Natural make-up and well kept mane

While we are certainly not advocates of going over the top in the office or trying to outshine your boss, it is pivotal to keep your skin and hair kept.  We suggest a light tinted moisturiser to even out the skin tone, a hint of blush and coral shade lipstick to instantly brighten up the face.

Elevating your work wear does not require some magic formula. All it requires is some planning and knowing the right accessories and outfits the next time you are shopping. A word of caution: An upgrade in your work outfit may also bring your career to new heights and a boost of self-confidence!