It all starts with a great pair of trousers.

Add a high fashion dose of black and you’re well on your way to my tried-and-true uniform. Complete the look with designer shades, attitude for days, and the clients will be clamoring for your expertise before you even bust out your business card guys…
You’ve all heard the saying…
Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

 Well that saying definitely rings true for the creative industry.  I’ve been in the interior design business for over 10 years now and the first thing clients look to is my personal style.

First Impressions

 Am I put together? Is the look finished? Do I possess an air of knowledge?
Simply put: Does it look like I know what I’m doing?
 If your answer is a resounding “YES” to all of the above, then you know you’ve got a consistent look that you can rely on when meeting new clients and potential business leads.  Especially for the initial introduction when first impressions mean EVERYTHING.

Elevate Basics

I like to jazz up basic black with cool details and current trends.  Nothing like lacy lingerie looks for daytime or a classic knit with a lace-up neckline to pique consumer interest.
I must have a dozen black slacks in my wardrobe so instead of the ubiquitous corporate staple, try a fun cut and color like this relaxed pair of hunter green trousers or even blue or red ones! You’d be surprised how color can easily transition into a “neutral” when combined with effortless black tops.

SHOP THE LOOK

Top: c/o SheIn
Bottoms: Forever 21
Sunnies: Fendi (old, similar HERE and HERE)
Kicks: Christian Louboutin (old, previously loved HERE and HERE)

3 Rules to Live By

Since we’re discussing creative work wear keep in mind the following:

1. Nothing too revealing

Cleavage and crop tops are a definite NO-NO! (Did I really need to say that?)

2. Keep makeup minimal

Studies show that women who wear a bit of makeup (Mascara, eyeliner, blush, lipstick) are taken more seriously than those who don’t. It shows your prospective audience that you considered how you presented yourself and made a bit of effort.

3. Make a statement

Whether it’s with a red lip, a pop of color, or a cool pattern (in my case- always animal print!)…
Give them something to remember and it makes it impossible for them to forget.

SHOP THE LOOK

Top: c/o Make Me Chic (sold out, similar HERE and HERE)
Bottoms: Forever 21
Sunnies: Elizabeth and James (old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE)
Kicks: Laundry (old, similar HERE, HERE and HERE)
Bag: Nordstrom (old, similar HERE and HERE)
We creative-types can attest to the joy of dressing for the workplace.  Clients expect a little more imagination than customary in an office environment. More patterns, more prints, more visual interest because the industry simply calls for it.  

But whether or not you’re working in a creative environment I say to hell with the boring corporate looks and LIVE OUT LOUD will ya?  Life is just SO much more dazzling in color.

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15 Comments

  1. YES dude! Life is much more dazzling in color. I have to say though– where are you in these photos? I'm trying to figure it out but I can't place that palm lined avenue. I am currently working a very blah between college job, and honestly, do not try hard enough to make my self look presentable for work. Yet I am not within a creative field yet, so I don't necessarily have to look that good. Although, there is such a thrill and confidence that you receive from dressing up for work. It just exudes that something. These are excellent tips btw, and I especially love your first outfit! xx

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    • I'm in Anaheim babe, this neighborhood is not too far from Disneyland ;D
      I totally feel ya as well, I used to work corporate and did NOT dress up at all to work which resulted in me always feeling so dumpy and unproductive! A little makeup and effort works wonders for your mood~

  2. I'm glad you like it as much as I do ^^ <3 Thanks and you too! You will like to see more fashion from here.

    • Yes Rosy! I have interviewed a LOT of hopefuls during my time in retail management, I can honestly say the girls I remembered the most (regardless of experience) were those who put some effort in their makeup and wardrobe!

  3. Ah I am obsessed, I love the lace top in the first look! You have a really lovely blog here by the way, keep up the amazing work lovely lady! x

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