Finding clothing that follows office dress codes can be tricky for women of any size. It’s especially difficult for women with fuller figures.
You have to pay attention to hemlines and cleavage, and to staying comfortable – that can be a lot to ask! We’ve got some helpful tips so you can find the right clothing to wear to work.
Know the dress code
A company implements a dress code to keep their employees looking professional and to properly represent their brand. If you are wearing something inappropriate it will not only distract clients from your professional demeanor, but it may also reflect badly on your company. To avoid this, be sure to check with your HR department or employee handbook to see what the dress code is at your workplace. Some offices are particular about little things like open-toe shoes or sleeveless tops. Others are OK with jeans so long as they do not have any rips or tears. Knowing the rules will allow you to find a place to start when searching for an appropriate office look.
Get some basics
Black trousers, a pencil skirt, a button-up and a blazer are all well-suited for most offices. You can go into a meeting with any client in these simple staples. Make sure they are tailored to fit you comfortably but have structure. Ill-fitting suits are not flattering and are unprofessional, so be sure to have any clothing that doesn’t fit just right taken to a tailor.
Cover up your top
Plus-size women are often blessed with an ample bust. In the office it is important to not show too much. While you don’t have to wear a turtleneck everyday, it is important to be sure that you show only a little bit of cleavage, if any at all. If you are wearing a button-up shirt and you find that there are gaps in the button area, be sure to buy a size up. It is also important that your midriff doesn’t show. When you raise your arms to make a point during a meeting, the client should not be able to see your midriff. Wear a camisole to prevent this from happening or purchase a larger size.
Pay attention to your hemline
If your fingers reach farther than the hem of your skirt or dress when your arms hang by your side, it is too short. Curvy women with wider hips and thighs should try to stick to hemlines that are right above the knee or right below the knee. This draws attention to your legs or waist and will complement your figure. You can always add heels if you are worried about appearing too short.
If you have the right basics to build off, it is easy to add accessories to personalize your look. Choose jewelry, scarves, and shoes based on their level of comfort and if they match your outfit. This is where you can show your personality and bring some color into your look. Adding a belt around your natural waist is a great way to make yourself appear slimmer when wearing a blazer or dress.