I’m very fond of wearing dresses. I would like to know what kind of dresses are appropriate for the workplace?
The best style to wear to office is the sheath or the shift—a dress that goes straight from the bust to the hips and doesn’t have a very well-defined waist. Don’t wear dresses which have flared skirts. It’s better to keep the skirt A-line rather than fully flared. Also, if your skirt is a little voluminous, pair it with a fitted top. You can wear sleeveless dresses, but please stay away from strappy ones. Another thing to avoid is the empire line, a style in which the fabric is gathered just under the bust and then flares out. Keep the length of your sheaths just below the knee or at mid-shin. The best fabrics suited to this style and workwear are stiff fabrics such as cottons and lightweight wools. I feel linen is too casual, but you could wear it if your job doesn’t demand completely formal attire.
A majority of clothes in my wardrobe are black. How can I change that?
A good way to let go of your dependence on black is to pick up colours that are dark, and yet not black. Plum, wine, charcoal, chocolate and navy are what you should opt for. They are the first steps towards getting rid of an all-black dress code and will painlessly initiate you into the world of colour.
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