You don’t have to have a dress to be at your best in the office, but it’s easy to make yourself look stylish at home, even when your partner is a full-on professional.
There are some great options out there, from dresses and tops to jackets and skirts, but the key is finding a dress that suits your mood.
“I know a lot of people think the best dress is the one you put on the beach, but there’s a whole world of styles to choose from,” says fashion expert, and fashion blogger, Emma Lacy.
“You have to go beyond your basic outfit, and find something that makes you feel sexy.
It doesn’t have a button on the back that says ‘workwear’,” she says.
So how do you make your own?
It’s all about choosing a good piece of clothing that you can get the most out of and making it work.
Lacy says: “The best way to make your fashion look professional is to find a dress with some stretchy fabric that doesn’t need to be worn all day.
I recommend the classic dress because it’s simple to make and has a lot more versatility than something fancy like a suit or suit jacket.”
You can find a range of different styles from tailored dresses to skirts and dresses with short sleeves and full skirts, and even from dresses with pockets and skirts.
If you’re feeling more formal, you can also add some accessories like a bow tie or hat to add an element of drama to your outfit.
Read our tips on finding the perfect dress for your mood and style.
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“For me, I find a good, affordable dress works best when it’s made from a fabric that has a high stretch. “
Dresses come in a range and can be tailored to whatever you want it to be, so you can do it in one go,” she says, adding that the best part is you can make your style work with whatever fabric you have on hand.
“For me, I find a good, affordable dress works best when it’s made from a fabric that has a high stretch.
If it’s a little stretchy, then it’ll feel a little bit flimsy.”
You might also want to look into a skirt or a dress for extra volume and a more tailored silhouette.
The perfect dress dressmakers usually offer a range to suit a range Read more to get a better idea of what suits your style.
“There’s something for everyone, so pick what you like and don’t just go for the cheapest piece you can find,” says Lacey.
“Try and find a design that suits the way you want to wear the dress, as well as the colour.
If your partner has a similar style to you, that’s great too.”
Lacy also recommends finding a style that suits a specific client’s personality and preferences.
“It might be something that works for your partner, but suits a different kind of person,” she adds.
“Your dress can’t just fit into the way they’re comfortable in the moment, so find a way to incorporate it into the overall look of your outfit.”
Make your outfit look effortless with our dressmaker guide to help.
For more ideas on how to look your best, read our guide to finding the right outfit for your workplace.
For advice on what to wear to work, check out our top tips on dressing for work.