It’s easy to assume that men have it easy when it comes to workwear and eveningwear. Whether it’s a linen suit and shirt for casual occasions or a suit with a dress shirt and tie for more formal affairs, they’re all set. Luckily, the days when the suit was predominantly for men are long gone. Women can look just as chic in a variety of tailored outfits for almost any Business Formal Occasion. Let's check out this modern formal business attire guide:
The business skirt is a great item for any business formal dress code that’s both feminine and serious. Keep in mind when remaining business appropriate, the skirt should typically fall just above the knee. While it shouldn’t be too tight or too short in a professional setting, feel free to experiment with different cuts, colors, and materials. Business skirts don’t have to be limited to black and pencil cut. An A-line or flared skirt is a great way to look both professional and fashion-forward. Wear it with a solid colored blouse or a printed top that complements the color of your skirt.
Did you know our variety of midi business skirts are also perfect combination for a teacher's outfits? We explain this more in our blog post: 5 Teacher Outfits so You Can Teach in Style
|Blue Business Skirt|
|Blue Business Skirt||Grey Long Business Skirt|
Business Skirt Suits
Few outfits say Girl Boss more than the skirt suit. A must-have in every woman’s wardrobe, the skirt suit is suitable for most Formal Business dress codes. The most important considerations when choosing a skirt suit are fit, fabric, and comfort. No matter how great a skirt suit may appear, it will only look great on you if it fits really well. And no matter how great it looks on you, it will only make you feel great if it’s comfortable.
Different fabrics work for different seasons. Choose linen or cotton for warm summer months and wool or heavier material during the cold winter season as your business suit. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors. Try varying shades within the same color family for a fresh look. Complete the outfit with a great pair of shoes, whether classic pumps or statement sandals.
|Pink Skirt Suit||Grey Checkered Business Skirt Suit|
|Pink Skirt Suit||Beige Skirt Suit|
Business Pant Suit
There’s just something so elegant about a woman in a pantsuit. It exudes confidence and sophistication. Today’s pantsuits come in a variety of colors, fabrics, and cuts that can easily take you from day to night, making them the perfect business formal attire for women. Light colors in softer fabrics work well for daytime affairs, while rich dark fabrics look great for evening occasions.
As with the skirt suit, the fit is paramount when it comes to creating the perfect pant suit look. You can never go wrong with a made-to-measure business suit that is constructed precisely for your body shape and size. Your suit should never be too tight or too loose, with the sleeves ending at your wrist. Slim fit trousers should end just at the ankle and create a clean line with your shoe. Whether you wear it with a crisp white shirt or a more casual top, you’re sure to look sharp in a great fitting pantsuit.
|Beige Women Business Pant Suit||Women Business Tuxedo in Black|
|Beige Women Business Pant Suit||Blue Striped Pant Suit|
If a suit does not fit as it should, it will look cheap and the business look you're going for will be lost. To ensure a perfect fit, always have your suits made-to-measure. By choosing made-to-measure suits, the jacket and pants/skirt will fit your size and body shape perfectly.
Business Blouses & Dress Shirts
The top you choose to wear will complete the perfect suit. Selecting the right top is just as important as selecting the right business suit. You want to make sure that your top fits well and complements your suit’s color and fabric to create the perfect Business Formal look.
Choose a well-fitted blouse or shirt that isn’t too big and won’t look bulky underneath your suit. Steer clear of sheer and transparent fabrics when following a business formal dress code. A fitted cotton shirt or a blouse made of quality micro-fiber blends are great alternatives. If your blouse is made of thin material, wear a tank top underneath to keep it looking professional. While you can never go wrong with a crisp, white button-up shirt, don’t feel restricted. Stripes, printed tops and bold colors can look really great for a fashionable Business Formal look.
|Blue Striped Women Shirt||White Women Business Shirt|
|Burgundy Houndstooth Dress Shirt||Premium Blue Linen Shirt|
How to Avoid Classic Business Wear Mistakes
It's sometimes difficult to know what to wear to different corporate businesses, and what not to wear. There are some tips that will help you with what's appropriate and what you should leave at home/for the weekend. To help avoid embarrassment at work, we have put together a list on how to avoid classic business wear mistakes:
Remember who you work with
More often than not, we forget to consider who we work with: you have to remember to dress for the company you're working for. What is the dress code? Is it casual or business corporate? Who are your bosses and colleagues? What works in one office, may not work in another workplace. If you're working in a corporate environment, make sure to wear a business suit (pantsuit or skirt suit depending on the corporate culture). On the other hand, if blazers are not your thing, make sure to have a good pair of businesswomen pants. Therefore it's important to modify your clothing to fit the company culture.
When it's time to buy new business wear, a lot of women tend to head to the same store as each other. This is boring both for yourself and for your environment, as clothes are the same as everyone else.
It is possible to make your style unique while still sticking to the corporate culture guidelines! Visit and choose a suit that fits your environment, and make it more stylish by adding customization options you want to fit your unique taste. By adding your personal touch to all of your clothing garments (whether it be business or casual) you avoid looking like the rest of the crowd, you'll be noticed, and you can create your personal touch while still meeting the desired guidelines.
Pay attention to fit
Regardless of the environment, you work in, and the style of your clothes, your clothes must fit well. They should not be too loose or too tight - the way to avoid this is to have clothes sewed according to your measurements. This way, a perfect fit is ensured and you have one less thing to worry about!
Did you learn something new about Businesswear?
We hope you liked this little guide for business formal attire for women. If you have any doubt, please just contact us and our style specialists will guide you through our best choices on fabrics and styles for business environments.
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