Heading to a new job in a new country can be very intimidating. There are a host of worries that arise when gearing up to head to an unfamiliar place with unfamiliar faces; whether it’s the first day or first month, it can take quite a bit of time to adjust. What do I wear? What is appropriate? These questions often infiltrate a career woman’s mind, even when she is in her home country starting a new job, let alone in a brand-new country with different cultural nuances and notions of what is acceptable for work wear and what is not.
For that reason, many women struggle with balancing their style with the fear of being too showy or accepted by fellow colleagues. In the United States, fashion is generally celebrated, and thus is accepted in the workplace in a variety of forms for women. To help your transition become a little easier and take at least one worry off your plate, here are a few tips for accessorizing in the workplace.
Don Dainty Jewelry
Like WhoWhatWear noted, “Less is more when it comes to accessorizing at the office.” Avoid seeming too overdone by choosing simple necklace-and-earring combos. Wearing jewelry to the workplace is a definite “yes,” but it’s best to stick to small proportions, such as neutral-toned studs rather than dangly earrings. You’ll make a better impression with tasteful, non-distracting additions.
Find Structure With Your Bag
Many work outfits feature skirts or dresses, so the key to offsetting the feminine flair is to find a bag with hard angles. A sturdy, leather tote works wonders, but if you ride your bicycle to work or have a hands-on commute, Lyst’s selection of designer backpacks shows that even these items can be poised and polished for the office.
Watch Your Wrists
If your job is an office environment, stay away from clanking bangles and large cuffs. These types of bracelets are awesome for bringing life to your outfit after work, but during work? They hinder your arm movement and distract others around you. Instead, use fashion functionally, and adorn your wrist with a beautiful watch. CollegeFashion and Elle agree: a wristwatch is a classic and stylish way to add bling along with sophistication.
Bring A Belt Onboard
When it feels like your outfit is lacking, but you just don’t know what it is, try playing with the shapes. A sleek, minimalistic way to alter the silhouette of an otherwise frumpy frock or plain skirt is to add a solid belt to the mix. By cinching your waist and adding a new, simple accessory to your ensemble, you’re creating a new line of eyesight without being ostentatious. Belts inspire professionalism, too!
Getting dressed for work should be the least of your problems when beginning life in a new environment. With these simple tips for accessorizing your office garb, picking an outfit every morning will be a breeze. It’ll let you focus your energy on real issues, like finding your new favorite restaurant!
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