Modest-dressers typically face a bit of a hard time when it comes to figuring out what to wear at work, especially when it comes to professional office settings. Dressing modestly, by nature, kind of automatically makes the wearer look elegant, which can sometimes be perceived as too formal for a business-casual environment. Is there any problem with that? Well, we don’t think so. We love casual modest women’s fashions. So what’s the balance that needs to be maintained? Is it even possible? Absolutely!
In a nutshell, the key is to have a lot of the basics, and wear them on rotation. Doing so would give you the ability to look fantastic and appropriate day in and day out, while still remaining conservative and trendy.
Pencil skirts are one of the must-haves. The following slideshow offers some different style inspirations on how they can be rocked.
Button down shirts are another staple everyone must have. We know there are lots of modesty concerns surrounding white shirts/blouses, which is why we make our white garments using thicker materials. Here is a slideshow that offers inspiration on how to rock button-downs in professional settings.
Blazers are another fantastic essential for the workplace, and they come in so many fantastic styles and colors. They’re a great layering piece to cover up open backs/short sleeves, and hey- you don’t have to iron the backs of shirts if you’re going to wear a blazer over it anyway. Here are some style inspirations for blazers.
As we have mentioned in a previous blog post, accessorizing is key. However, in the workplace, there are right and wrong ways of doing it. It mainly boils down to each individual work environment. In some cases, heavy accessorizing could be a part of the company image. In other cases, people might go for brighter and chunkier pieces for a more youthful vibe. Generally speaking, classics are best and fool-proof in professional settings. Stick with the stud or hoop earrings, dainty bracelets/necklaces/watches, and be minimalistic with your rings. When it comes to bags, shoes, and belts- opt for quality pieces that will last many years and through changing trends.
I have a confession to make. Even though I hold my own where style is concerned, my 12-year-old daughter is the resident fashionista in my house. Not that I don’t pay attention to what’s new and exciting, but let’s just say that she is the one who follows the latest trends. So when she came running into my room today and shouted that we ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY must go out and buy a pencil skirt (or two or three) because ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY EVERYONE is wearing them!!!, I was a little nervous. In my mind, I had immediate visions a barely knee length pencil skirt; very tight and very revealing. Not to mention unbearably uncomfortable! This did not bode well for the preference to dress modestly that both my daughter and I share.
Ughhhh! How uncomfortable does THIS look???
But, I was intrigued, so I did some research. Here is what I found: the knee length pencil skirt actually evolved from the hobble skirt of the early 20th century. The hobble skirt was a full length skirt, gathered at mid-calf, which, although nice and modest, seriously impeded the wearer’s ability to walk. Well, if you ask me, that sounds like fashion hell. Thankfully, the French uber designer Christian Dior re-introduced a much shorter version of the hobble skirt that also included a slit in the back for ease of movement. Thus the modern-day knee length pencil skirt was born. But could I find long pencil skirts that would appeal to my discerning, modest daughter???
Long Pencil Skirt
So my daughter and I hit the mall for some serious shopping. As she tried on pencil skirt after pencil skirt, I had to admit that although I very much liked the silhouette they created, most of these skirts where waaaay too short and tight. So back home we went to try and find something more suitable online. To our delight, we found some great stuff: a decent selection of long pencil skirts that hit well- below the knee, which meant they were both age-appropriate and modest. We decided that the slenderness of the long pencil skirts would be nicely balanced with a loose tunic top or a flowing, soft jacket. We found a couple of terrific denim pencil skirts that would look really cute with leggings underneath, and elegant black pencil skirts that would be great for more fancy occasions.
The added bonus was that these long pencil skirts were made in nice stretchy materials that made them incredibly comfortable to wear. Oh, did I mention that I found some amazing long pencil skirts for me, too?
Even Posh often wears classy, modest long pencil skirts!
So at the end of the day, my daughter ended up with a new wardrobe replete with long pencil skirts that completely fit our modest way of dressing, and I ended up a way cooler, fashion-forward mom!