Dressed for Success: 3 Outfits for Your Biggest Work Moments

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Brains, skills, and ambition– check. You’ve had a good night’s sleep, a protein-packed breakfast, and may have done a psych-up dance in your car earlier. But the ultimate productivity booster? A work wardrobe that’s as fierce and flexible as you are. Our ModStylists put together three awesome outfits that’ll have your back during the big moments in your career.

First Impressions, Best Impressions
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Pictured: Sass What I’m Talking About Skirt, Cinch-Perfect Top in Ultramarine, Sleuth Be Told Trench, Layer It on the Line Necklace, Key to Punctuality Watch, Fountain of Truth Heel in Dusty Blue, Cutout Craving Reversible bag, Paperwork It, Girl! Folder Set in Prints, The Career Code

Whether you’re going for an interview or meeting a new client, making a good first impression = invaluable. It’s important your outfit is a supporting player during these moments, giving your personality plenty of room to shine. Here we keep the palette a neutral navy with a coordinated pop of red in the floral pencil skirt and the statement necklace. A bib-style necklace is great to bring focus to your face and, if you’re like me, curb any nervous fidgeting you might do with a longer, dangly strand. For a hint of personality, we swap out the traditional interview blazer for a cool-as-can-be trench, and instead of a typical briefcase, we’re packing a capacious tote in a power pastel that gently matches these sweet pumps.

Destination: Presentationwork wardrobe 2

Pictured: Fine and Sandy Blazer in Black Gingham, Miami Moments Top in Ivory, Railways and Means Pants in Black, Head of the Classic Watch, Point Well Shaken Heel, Let’s Get Realism Bag, Surely I’ll Manage Mug, Paperwork It, Girl! Folder Set, Take Me Flora Spin Necklace

You’ve done the work, now it’s time to show the world! Maybe you’re presenting a million dollar idea to the board, or speaking at a conference panel chockfull of successful so-and-so’s like yourself. Be bold and memorable with a printed blazer, paired with a tie-neck blouse in a subtle polka dot. Balance out the pattern mixing with neutral bottoms like these versatile pants, and add a pop of color with profesh heels that won’t kill your feet. A bright bag full of fun folders keeps you organized and accessorized, infusing a spirit of joy into your work day. Also, don’t forget your coffee.

Network It, Girlwork wardrobe 1

Pictured: Give It Timeless Dress in Aubergine, Charter School Cardigan in Ivory, Spike A Pose Heel, Start with a Bangle Bracelet Set, Wrist Opportunity Watch, So Happy I Could Dye Reversible bag, Good Scribes Pen set, Flex Your Hustle Planner, Yes You Glam Necklace

As an outgoing INFP, I love a networking event… for about 45 minutes. It’s definitely an endurance game, so as you dress to impress, keep in mind what makes you feel comfortable and confident! A rich merlot dress with a tie neckline should do the trick, and a white cardi adds crispness and contrast (and keeps away the blasting AC). Choose one or two accessories that will have people commenting, ‘Ooh, I like your ___,’ and keep the rest a little quieter. Here we chose a statement necklace and a neutral shoe, for balance. We topped it off with a capacious ombre tote that’s perfect for holding the basics like your business cards, notebook and pens, and your all important planner for scheduling those follow-up meetings!

+ What are the work events in your life that could use a little wardrobe inspiration? Tell us in the comments!

About Sarah

Sarah is a writer, baker, and all-around trouble maker based in Pittsburgh PA. When she’s not tweeting and pinning for ModCloth’s social team, you can find her thrifting for vintage leather jackets, reading 'Jane Eyre' for the eighth time, or gratuitously ‘gramming her cat Pepper.


2 Responses to Dressed for Success: 3 Outfits for Your Biggest Work Moments

  1. Lauren 07/25/2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Fellow INFP, ModCloth lover, and have a meeting tomorrow, so I’ll definitely be using these tips! Thanks for sharing! 😀

    • Sarah 07/26/2016 at 1:10 pm #

      INFP’s forever! So glad you found this post useful, and good luck at your meeting… I’m sure you’ll knock it out of the park!

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