There's more to your work wardrobe than the traditional black and white suit.

How Can a Girl Mix Up Her Work Wardrobe?

by Nakita Rowell-Stevens

In an attempt to be conservative and professional, your work wardrobe can easily become boring and predictable. However, fashion and trends do have a place within the workplace. No one ever said that you have to compromise style for professionalism. There is a way to spice up your work wardrobe by adding accents like vivid colors, accessories and statement-making shoes.

Pop of Color

A pop of color adds life to any outfit. Color can add dimension to an ensemble when used as either a focal point or an accent. Choose bright colors that will add life to your outfit like like a rich red, cobalt blue or tangerine. Try a colorful red or blue A-line style dress with simple accessories to accentuate your color choice while remaining professional. If you prefer to add just a drop of color to your outfit, opt for a traditional black suit with a colorful printed scarf or a bright cami under your blazer.


Blazers are no longer dull and boring. In fact, modifications on cut, fit and sleeve length have made them a hot fashion staple. Skip the boring black, navy and khaki jackets in your closet. Instead, trade those in for a solid or patterned blazer to take your professional look up a notch. If your style is more conservative, opt for a blazer in more muted colors such as cream or taupe with stylish accents like pockets, buttons and pleats.


Accessories are the easiest way to spice up any wardrobe. A bold necklace can make a statement with a simple white shirt, while sparkly earrings can amp up a basic black dress. If you are wearing a blouse or dress with accents like ruffles or lace, minimize your accessories to something simple like a a drop pendant and a single bangle bracelet. Belts can also add style to your outfit. A wide belt lends shape to your ensemble while highlighting your curves, while skinny belts work best as an accent in a fun or unexpected color. For example, a simple black pencil skirt with a white cardigan can be livened up with a bright red skinny belt.


Shoes work well as style statement makers. Like your accessories, shoes can add a pop of color to an otherwise dull ensemble or simply bring another layer of style. Since shoe varieties abound, take a walk on the wild side and invest in a good pair of animal print or patterned shoes. If you opt to wear a pair of shoes with a lot of style like a pattern or print, go minimal with your outfit. For example, wear a pair of leopard pumps with your black pants suit or espresso-brown dress. Your work wardrobe does not have to be dull and boring; and chances are, you already have what you need to spice it up.

About the Author

Richmond, Virginia resident Nakita Rowell-Stevens has been writing articles in business and entertainment since 2002. Her writing experience spans from feature coverage with local area newspapers such as "The Daily Tar Heel" and "The Richmond Free Press" to writing for ABC Television affiliates. Rowell-Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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