Depending in what industry you work for, a level of modesty and professionalism are required in your attire. This calls for modest office clothing. Here are some essentials and options that can make a great foundation for a modest office clothing wardrobe. Before we get started, the first thing you need to think about is; investment. You're investing in your career's attire and like any investment if smartly made, it will have its return. This means quality. If you are on a budget and starting out, don't worry, we have some suggestions.
1. You might already know this, but your common neutral office colors such as blue, grey, black and beige make a strong starting point for any modest office clothing outfits. The key is to use your own sense of style and creativity to take away the uniformity and stay on budget.
2. Investing in good quality modest style business suits is a must; not only because you may work around top executives, but because you owe to yourself to dress to your best. Again, suits are best in the above neutral colors and perhaps more then two. Now depending on where you live and the seasons, you might want to consider suits for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. For Summer, a blend of cotton and linen or rayon can be an excellent option to keep your temperatures on level. For winter, you might want to look for wool or a blend if the budget is limited. Suits are not only a perfect essential, but they make a great foundation for many different type of modest office clothing outfits by combining the jacket or bottom separately with other modest essentials. Now, if your work investment has you high rolling, then splurge in color options suitable to your industry, but for the budget officenista, make those neutral colors work for you by mix-matching as mentioned for different modest office style looks. One other thing to consider when purchasing a suit is a longer length suit jacket.
3. Long tunic blouses make a great modest office clothing essential. We recommend in addition to playful prints to always have basic white, black, grey and beige colors for ease of combining with other modest style outfits. Now, with tops, you don't have to limit yourself to uniformity as much as a suit. This is where you can play up your style by adding a belt, print and interesting cuts. Remember every part of your modest office clothing look is an investment. So, don't undercut yourself with cheap fabric that is prone to discomfort and rapid replacement. Invest in silk cotton or other natural fabric blends.
4. Longer length blazers and cardigans. This is one modest style piece that will go beyond your modest office wardrobe and dive into your casual and even party essentials. Longer length blazers are so versatile! Not only do they give you that extra length for modesty but definitely give you so much room to be creative. Cardigans, what can we say, it gets cold in the office during those air-conditioning Summer blasting days. We've been there! Again, don't compromise quality specially to keep warm.
Stay tuned for part II of tips on building your modest office wardrobe.