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7 Easy Ways to Add Edge to Your Business Attire

As you might already know, I was once part of the “business” world, working as an accountant and in real estate. I actually get asked this question a lot:

“How would you dress if you worked in corporate again?”

You might be thinking that business attire sounds boring, but when you add your own twist to it, you can make any office-appropriate look unique!

Here are 7 easy ways you can add edge to your business attire.

1 Wear an interesting cutout vest or top on top of your white button down shirt.

There’s nothing more classic than a white button down shirt. Add some edge by layering a cutout vest or top. Cutout details were all over this year’s New York runways, and this is a great way to bring that trend into the office.

I wore this twisted suit for the first show at this year’s NYFW. I snagged this geometric top by Ikram on sale years ago, and I have to admit, it took some time to figure out how to wear it. Once I discovered this layering trick, I’m obsessed! Cut outs are perfect when paired on top of simple, more basic pieces to add style with layers.

2 Wear white shirts with unexpected details.

Not in the mood for layering something on top of your white shirt? No problem.

Wear a white shirt with added details like studs on the collar or ruffles on the sleeves. (Ruffles were also a popular trend at this year’s Fashion Week.)

Unexpected details are a great way to add edge to your traditional look. Here I am wearing one of my all time favorite purchases, a Brunelli Cucinelli blouse with delicate chain details. Whenever I’m having trouble deciding what to wear, I reach for this shirt. By the way, I bought this on sale, too. Regardless, I always say that if you wear something so often then it’s definitely worth spending money on it!

3 Be bold by adding a statement necklace or collar.

When you wear a bold, flashy statement necklace or collar to a crisp, clean look your outfit becomes effortlessly fab. Statement necklaces are so easy to throw on with a white button down shirt or a basic suit or dress, adding personality without getting too complicated. In this post, I layered chains with a smart-looking Neat Collar.

4 Swap your white button down for a lace or textured top.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and patterns. A lace top is a great way to add delicate, feminine romanticism to your office suit. Pair a lace blouse with a sharp blazer, and you’ve got a look that’s sexy and professional.

By the way, another hot trend from this season’s runways was texture, especially on sleeves, like the creme blouse I’m wearing below. Like lace, mixed textures and patterns can add just the right amount of mystique that’s office appropriate

5 Roll your pants up above the ankle or wear a cropped pair of slacks.

You can roll up your pants or wear cropped pants that hit your leg above the ankle to look extra stylish and chic. Layer fun socks or fancy tights to really add some edge in an unexpected way.

6 Shoes! (What more can I say here?)

Sometimes all you need to give your basic office look some edge is a fabulous pair of shoes. My go-to choices are pointed toe pumps or a cute pair of booties. They add style and coolness to any look. A good pair of shoes can make you look like you’re on top of the world! I am also big on white shoes. I know they are hard to maintain but they look so chic, always!

7 Roll or scrunch your jacket sleeves up.

This is the same idea as with the cropped pants. Roll up your sleeves and get to work – literally! You can reveal layers of your fabulous tops and other accessories. It’s a perfect trick to add edge to any suit.

My Nasty Habit gray suit and Mua Mua Dolls Fashion Kills bag, pictured above, are both are from 3NY Boutique.

How do you make your professional style your own? Share your tips and tricks below in the comments section!

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  1. Thank you for the tips for adding an edge to business attire! I’m a starting corporate job soon. I will look at aorun d for a place where I can buy the right clothes for the job.

    Posted 6.28.19 Reply
    • Tali Kogan wrote:

      Congratulations on the new job, Sandra!

      Posted 7.2.19 Reply
  2. I like that you brought up how rolling your jacket’s sleeves will help you accentuate the layers of the rest of your outfit. My wife is planning on getting a corporate job this summer and would like to look professional and stylish when she arrives for an interview. Hopefully, she can find the right uniform that will suit her needs.

    Posted 2.12.20 Reply
    • Tali Kogan wrote:

      Thank you Eli! I’m always glad to help.

      Posted 2.24.20 Reply
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