As a fashion expert and professional woman in the 21st century, I've found that there are a lot of misconceptions regarding women's work attire floating around online these days. Especially with the phenomenon of the InstaModels, you can get lost in the flashed-out photos of stunning Australian supermodels in see-through body-con dresses and think, "Is that what I'm supposed to be wearing?" If you were to ask me honestly, I'd say girl, NO WAY is that appropriate on a regular basis. And yes, if you feel comfortable in a sexy little number, then definitely slay it all night long in the club, but honestly, especially if you want the respect and admiration of your peers, it's best to class up your day-to-day wardrobe and stick to elegance as a rule.

I may not have the final word on this topic, and ladies, you have the freedom to decide for yourself, but I think about this a lot, and here are-- from my experience-- three common mistakes that women make with their office wear wardrobes.

1. That Feminine Isn't Powerful

Florals or Pinstripes? Most people would say that a boxy blazer looks more professional than a dress full of daisies, and while I would agree for the most part, I definitely think that a feminine statement can be a woman's greatest weapon, especially when in a male dominated environment. Really owning what separates you from the crowd, which might very well be your femininity and charm, can give you a leg up in a room surrounded by suits.

2. That skintight is right

I am all about flattering your figure even at the office, but the best thing you can do for your figure most times is to add a little mystery. That means NOT showing it all at once. While many say women should be able to wear whatever they want and feel good about it, I, for one, would not feel very comfortable standing in front of a conference room in a skintight outfit I could barely move in while everyone is staring at my body instead of listening to the report I've dedicated the last 3 months of my life to.

3. That statement jewelry is tacky

So yes, we don't want to go overboard with the jewelry box, but a touch of tasteful bling always adds a level of luxury to an outfit. You want to put your best foot forward, no matter where you're stepping, and I find that you can never go wrong with pearls for adding elegance and charm to an ensemble. 

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