Styling Tips for Young Adults to Maintain Professionalism at Work
Being a young adult in the modern workplace is no easy feat– especially when it comes to nailing the perfect balance between professional and fashionable. You have to have the right style to stay ahead in the corporate world.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help young adults put together outfits that are fashionable as well as appropriate for the office.
Stick to Professional Staples
Young adults should always aim to go for professional staples while adding a bit of flavors of their personal style. Balance is the key. Avoid going too casual.
For men, shirts, trousers, and blazers are always a safe bet and they’re easy to style. Stick to basics such as grey, black, navy and white. These colors, when paired with either a blazer or just a shirt, will make you look sophisticated, professional and still fashionable.
Women can also stick to staple items, such as blazers, trousers, and skirts. Aim to balance feminine details with more masculine items on the list. For example, florals and pinks can be paired with tailored trousers or skirts.
Dress Appropriately for the Office
Make sure to dress appropriately for the office environment, regardless of profession or career goals. Although it may be tempting to go for street style chic, it just won’t cut it for some office environments.
Most offices don’t allow overly revealing clothing. Take into account the level of formality when it comes to the workplace. There is a line that should be drawn between edgy fashion and the workplace.
For those of you who want to add some ‘zing’ to their look, then accessories are the way to go. Accessories can give you the extra lift while remaining within the lines of professional clothing.
Accessorize with classics such as:
- A brown or black leather belt
- A chic watch to add professional and intentional detail
- Minimal jewelry
- A classic pocket square
Maintain Hygiene and Grooming Habits
It would be wise to maintain personal hygiene and grooming habits. For example, make sure your hair is neatly groomed and clean. This is especially important for those in more professional careers, such as lawyers and bankers.
Lastly, make sure to look presentable and stay polished even when dealing with a more relaxed work environment.
Choosing Shoes and Bags with Care
Choose shoes that are comfortable and complement the outfit. For a formal look, invest in some patent leather or Italian leather lace-ups. Oxfords, Derbies, and monk-straps are all great options, but avoid sneakers and running shoes as these won’t cut it for a professional setting.
For women, you can rock sandals, pumps, and a wedge, but avoid multi-colored or overly bright shoes. When it comes to bags, choose a professional-looking bag or tote and try to look for neutral colors.
We hope this guide helps you find the right balance between fashionable and professional attire in the office. Just remember to stick to the basics, accessorize with care, and maintain your personal hygiene. Young adults can make an impression at work and stay fashionable as long as they dress appropriately in a professional environment.