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Appropriate Stylish Outfits For The Corporate World

In the past, fashion in the corporate world had a little less colour than the richness and vibrancy of today’s fashionable world. Although the corporate world demands a certain level of compliance with the articulated dress code, it is possible to look stylish as you do so.

Here are some tips for walking that fine line of corporate swankiness while staying within the boundaries of work-appropriate fashion:


Stay true to the dress code

Noble Igwe. Photo: Instagram

It is necessary to reiterate the importance of following the company dress code at all times. Making a style statement isn’t a bad thing, but it always helps to remember that fashion in the corporate world entails more. All you need to do is find what suits you and everything in-between becomes a no-brainer.

Think “professional”

Stella Uzo in a Burgundy Set. Photo: Instagram Jadore Fashion

You don’t want to come across as sloppy or too relaxed at that meeting. So, try to input some effort in projecting that professional air by simply dressing the part. To big meetings, consider wearing darker colours which speak conservative and smart.

You don’t always have to wear a traditional suit. You could incorporate similar properties like a jacket or a pair of well-tailored trousers into your look.

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Richard Ansah in a navy pinstripe suit paired with brown accessories. Photo: Instagram

Ozinna Anumudu. Photo: Instagram

You can reinforce your current wardrobe to make it work for the corporate environment. Focus on getting a few key pieces that fit well and that you can build your weekly wardrobe around: a white shirt, a dark suit, well-fitting blazers, a structured skirt or dress pants and a pair of good shoes.

Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. Photo: Instagram

When shopping, buy clothes that can work both for work and for more casual settings.


Toke Makinwa in a blazer and jeans. Photo: Instagram

ChiChi in a pleated print set with muted brown tones. Photo: Instagram

Small, simple jewellery is perceived as classy and professional while large, sparkly pieces, although fun, may be subject to scrutiny. Noisy jewellery can be distracting for your co-workers, so try to keep things classy. But if you feel like this isn’t quite enough, you can compensate with the right pair of shoes.

Also, remember that grooming can make or break your look so keep your hair and fingernails looking neat. If makeup is your thing, wear makeup that flatters you and is appropriate for the setting.

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