The majority of us could agree that 2020 has shifted our work experience in more ways than one. Last year shifted our rules and norms, and this completely translates to what we put on too. For those working from home, wearing blazers with sweatpants at the bottom or no pants at all (LOL) had become quite normal. And you know what, that’s okay!
I have always and continue to advocate for women to challenge societal norms of professionalism, whether that’s hairstyles or certain pieces of clothing. When I learned about M.M.LaFleur’s REWRITE THE RULES line, I knew this stood for everything regarding workwear that I have always vouched for. In this post I will share 4 styles for work that aren’t typically “professional.” I will also show you how to debunk these workwear myths by styling each piece professionally. Keep on reading for an M.M.LaFleur Review!
This post is sponsored by M.M.LaFleur. All opinions are my own.
Historically, neutral colors are typically what most people think when they think of a professional color palette. Don’t get me wrong I love a neutral suit! However, try a tone that you feel comfortable and love and get that in your favorite suit.
Tip: If you wear a colorful suit, I’d tone down any selected accessories so that the suit is the focal point and that there’s not too much going on with your outfit. I tend to gravitate towards colors that are not too loud or bright. However, try out a color that you love, and see how you feel. You may never go back to a black or beige suit again!
This is a workwear myth that I’ve actually never understood, which is to not wear your shoulders or full arm out. I’m not complete sure how wearing your upper arms out is unprofessional. However, when it’s warm out, I’ve recently started wearing dressy sleeveless tops. And, whew, it makes a huge difference in how I feel and my comfort during these warm months.
TIP: If you wear a sleeveless top, I’d pair it with trousers or a midi or longer length skirt. Since your full arm is out, I would recommend a fuller pant or skirt to balance the total amount of skin shown with this piece.
This one is a bit informal and one that I would not recommend for all dress codes. However, if your office dress code is more casusal, I would recommend pairing a dress with sneakers, this truly tones down the look and gives the outfit more of a business casual feel.
TIP: I’d wear a dress right above the knee or longer. I’d also pair the dress with a dressier sneaker, versus a running sneaker.
Finally, last but not least, my absolute favorite a JUMPSUIT! To be honest with you, I don’t think I’ve necessarily heard that jumpsuits aren’t appropriate for the workplace. I actually think a lot of people may not know how to style them professionally. I love jumpsuits for any occasion. And I think they are absolutely appropriate for any dress code depending on the style of the jumpsuit.
TIP: There are so many different styles of jumpsuits! If you work in a more formal environment pair a wide legged or fitted jumpsuit with a blazer. If you work in a more business casual environment wear a jumpsuit on it’s own or with a coordinated cardigan.<
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