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#RealGirlStyle: How to Keep Your 9-to-5 Look from Being Boring

A lot of women out there are plagued with the “What should I wear to work?” dilemma 5 days a week (6, if you’re really unlucky!). Striking a balance between professional yet playful, boardroom-appropriate yet stylish is no mean feat. And while you should look like you mean business, it doesn’t mean you should let your fashion credentials take a beating – take one look at the leading ladies of Suits, and you’ll know what we mean! So here is how to keep your work look from being boring. After all, who wouldn’t love to be the go-to office fashionista? This, ladies, is how you up your 9-to-5 sartorial game! ;)

1. Incorporate the Latest Trends


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Just because you’ll be spending your day chained to your desk doesn’t mean you should avoid trendy clothing altogether. There’s more to office ensembles than boring formal wear. You can incorporate latest trends just as easily. We’d advise turning to midi pencil skirts, skater dresses, printed pants, luxe joggers, military-inspired blazers, androgynous elements…oh, there’s just so much to choose from!

POPxo recommends: Girls On Film Lace Overlay Midi Skirt on Koovs, Silver Shimmer Flat Sandals on Lime Road and Hidesign White Leather Bag on Myntra



2. Stay Away from All Things Clinical


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That nondescript grey suit - it’s probably best left behind in a bad ’90s movie with a corporate setting! When you go shopping for work wear, don’t just pick up the first bland white shirt or ill-fitting navy trousers you see. Instead, search for a formal blouse with embellishments or ruffles and pants with a side panel or a subtle print. Look for clothes with some character to keep your look intriguing and interesting.

POPxo recommends: Miss Selfridge Gingham Tube Trousers on Jabong, Etro Ruffled Blouse on Farfetch and Aldo Milroy Tote



3. Put On Some Fun Jewellery


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Accessories are the easiest way to up the ante. A brooch or oversized studs here and some layered necklaces there can really transform your outfit in no time. So always add an accessory to your look before you leave the house every morning. But make sure it is functional and doesn’t interfere with your work in any way.


POPxo recommends: Prerto Brussels studs, Style Fiesta Pearl Hairband and Pipa+Bella Maia necklace



4. Inject a Hint of Colour


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Black, blue, white and grey, did you say? Fiery red, canary yellow, emerald green and blue, we say! A hint of colour ensures your look won’t fall into a monotonous trap. We understand that you may be wary of all-out colour blocking, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from colour altogether - it could be way of your shirt, bag or even lipstick. Embrace ’em brights!

POPxo recommends: Stalk Buy Love Middleton Peplum Dress, Inc 5 Wedges on Flipkart and Minimal Leather Tote by Satya Paul



5. Play Around with Your Hair


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Leaving your hair as is or pulling it back in a hasty ponytail may be the most convenient option, especially when you also have to prepare your child’s lunch and coordinate with the maid before you leave. But we suggest you don’t take the easy way out here - not every day, at least. On the days when you have a few minutes to spare or can get up early, try a new hairstyle. Nothing elaborate - a simple fishtail braid, a twisted side lock or a quick updo will do.

POPxo recommends: Check out our guide to some fuss-free hairstyles here.



6. Let Your Shoes and Bags Do the Talking


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If want to wear simple, fuss-free ensembles, then go bold with your shoes and bags. There can more to your office attire than just tan ballerinas, you know. A quick addition of eye-catching footwear (think brogues or a brightly coloured pair of pumps) and a smart, stylish bag (we suggest quilted leather backpacks, bucket bags or oversized clutches) can make all the difference!


POPxo recommends: Only Black Jeans on Jabong, Van Heusen Solid Formal Shirt and Panorama High Heels on ASOS




MUST-READ: The Right Makeup and Hair for the Professional Girl!


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Published on Oct 06, 2014
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