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How Not To Look Like A Boring Secretary

by Milana

If you, like me, have a job that requires that you dress sophisticated and classically, you have probably experienced the dilemma; when are you business and when are you just plain boring?

I am 24 and work as a manager in a big company. At a meeting we discussed the signals we send out to our employees and were told that we need to dress “business”. So how do you manage not to lose your personal style and still dress business?

Outside work I like to wear outfits that are classy but still edgy with a splash of rock n’ roll. So when I go to work I like to wear a blazer for the sake of looking “business”.

Here is how you can rock business outfits

  • Instead of looking like an old fashioned secretary, I wear blazers that are shaped and detailed in stead of a regular black blazer.
  • I wear skinny black pants instead of regular wide leg pants.
  • I sometimes wear a pretty scarf to give the outfit an edgier and more modern look.
  • I wear high heels (no matter how much it hurts). Find a pair of black heels that you can walk in and be comfortable in. It doesn’t look good if you’re ¬†walking like a camel¬†by the end of the day.
  • I stay away from too many accessories, but usually wear one big. Like an oversized ring.


  • I almost never wear black pants, black blazer and a white shirt. With the blazer I wear a blouse or sometimes even a t-shirt. If I wear a white shirt, I don’t wear a blazer but a nice little cardigan or a vest. A white shirt can also be modernized with a big black belt.

Whatever your job is, unless you are forced to wear a uniform, you can incorporate and sneak in your own style into your job style. Remember to experiment and look at how you can modernize the classic looks.

Have a good day at work!

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Missy J Cat December 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

I have this dilemma ALL the time. Thank goodness our office is a little more casual, but there is a bit of a transition going around that is going more towards the “dress business” direction. I’m 24 too and I love being able to show my own style, but I’m finding myself being stifled by the pressure to look professional, especially at my age. I didn’t think about the differently shaped blazers, which is great especially now that there are so many styles out there! I think I’m going shopping now… :)


Milana December 13, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Thanks so much for your comment, Missy! I totally understand where you’re coming from. What I do is, I mix items that are conservative/professional with modern, trendy stuff. For instance I wear a pencil with a t-shirt and a scarf and if it’s cold a cardigan. I never wear a blazer with a skirt – way too boring. I wear black skinny jeans in stead of tailored black pants and mix them with a fitted blazer and a nice blouse with some ruffles for example. Throw in an oversized ring, a colourful scarf or a headband and you’re business chic! I think I’ll do a new post about young business women like us :)


Alison September 7, 2010 at 5:49 am

I would say go more colorful with your accessories sometimes don’t be afraid to look more fun on some days add some color to it, I’m not one for pants,scarves or any of that I’m a bit way too feminine for that stuff.


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