First, break out the separates
LDprod/Shutterstock “Women used to wear these ‘shells,’ a basic, short-sleeve solid top. This became a uniform for women who worked in male-dominated offices. It was an outfit designed to help us fit in, rather than stand out,” stylist Alison Deyette says. “Now, we’re not as conservative as we used to be. We want to stand out. Because when you stand out, people take notice of you.” Here’s how to get the right kind of attention at work, no matter what you’re wearing.
Don’t be afraid to go bold and bright
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock Vicki Salemi, career expert for Monster, says a pop of color is an easy way to brighten up a simple black, gray, or navy suit. “Bright colors bring a bit of light to these more muted tones,” she says. But don’t go crazy. “Red is a power color and so is purple. Would I advise a client, colleague, or friend to show up wearing a bright purple suit to an interview? No. But it’s certainly fine to wear a purple blouse or something that pops and is colorful, even in more conservative cultures like financial services.” Speaking of interviews, say these words to ace yours.