There’s no shame in being a corporate rookie. But, that doesn't mean you should dress like one. Plain-Jane business suits, tame pencil skirts, and nails safely manicured in Essie's Ballet Slippers are not the only style elements for securing your #girlboss status.
Sure, those essentials will always have a home in a working woman's repertoire, and you probably won’t stir up any trouble sticking to them, but playing it safe does not a boss lady make. Plenty of workplaces allow casual dress on Fridays, and many of us are lucky enough to clock in at an office where a bit of sartorial self-expression is not cause for an ominous meeting invite from HR.
From the sophisticated young professional with a soft spot for J.Crew to the fashion-forward, trend-loving recent grad, there’s room for practically every style persona in the business world. All it takes is some trial and error (learning on the job!), a savvy shopping approach, and a bit of the same confidence that landed you that gig in the first place.
So, don’t be afraid to shake things up while you hone your workplace style. You may just surprise yourself — and your colleagues — with how polished you can look, even sans a power blazer or business bob.
Ahead, you’ll find a few style lessons to help you conquer your cube, and then that corner office.