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Becoming the Work Fashionista: 5 Things You Need to Know

It can be challenging to express your personal style at work while maintaining a serious, professional image. Fashion-conscious girls struggle daily to create a look that is both stylish and office-appropriate. It is possible, however, to be a fashionista at work, even in a very conservative environment.

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Looking good and professional is sometimes easier said than done, especially during the warmer months. But even if your office has very conservative dress code, you can still be the fashionista you want to be. These simple tips are all you need to know to look sharp and chic at the office.

1. Use a splash of color.
Add touches of vivid colors, like hot pink or tangerine, to make a plain dark ensemble pop. An easy way to do this is with accessories. Something as simple as pairing scarlet pumps with a classic black dress or a bright flowing scarf with a dark suit can make a big difference. The key is to go for contrast but without clashing with your other pieces.

2. Add a statement necklace.
Statement necklaces are a great way to bring out your inner fashionista, but remember, a little bling goes a long way. Try a fringe collar piece, a crystal necklace, or an opal amulet. Accessories should enhance your look, not distract from it.

3. Add a trendy jacket to a subdued outfit.
You have to be careful with something as important as a jacket, whether it's outerwear or a blazer. Use animal prints and sequins cautiously. A lace or tasteful leather jacket, as long as it's a good-quality piece, can take a plain ensemble from stodgy to sassy. If you're feeling a little more dramatic, try a bias cut or a cape jacket, which is very hot at the moment.

4. Spice things up with a sexy cami.
The easiest way to blend stylishness into your work wardrobe is with detail. A sexy camisole under a conservative blazer can be a very effective way for the modern fashionista to express herself at the office. Hint at your flirty side with a silky, lacy, or sparkly cami under your suit jacket.

5. Think outside the box with your bottoms.
Slacks and skirts are often the most limiting pieces when it comes to office wear, especially if there's a dress code. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to basic solid slacks and pencil skirts. A wrap skirt can help add sex appeal. Have fun with slacks. Experiment with unusual patterns, contrasting such bottoms with more conservative tops.

It's important to keep in mind that acceptable fashions can vary widely from one workplace to another. A determined fashionista can always find a way to express her style, even at the office.

Jennifer Lafferty

Since catching the journalism bug in elementary school, when Jennifer started her own newspaper, she has worked for several publications including MORE. As a self-proclaimed movie junkie, she especially enjoys writing about film and celebrities. She has also written three books.

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