Monday, 15 June 2009

TO - 06/15 - corporate dress… business dress codes… today I got a photographer…

First impressions count. If your goal to getting dressed for work is to project a professional, competent image, regardless of your employment level or career path be sure that getting dressed for the office doesn't mean leaving your personal style behind.

The dress code has nothing to do with fashion. It is about making workers feel more confident, more professional.
However, despite most companies don't have specific guidelines about what to wear to work, some organizations encourage employees to dress according to some “Business Dress Codes*, which are:
Formal Business Attire- For women this constitutes business suits (a matched skirt and jackets) and, in most workplaces, pantsuits (matched pants and blazer). Closed-toe shoes (no sandals), blouses, hose and conservative hair, jewellery and makeup are expected.
Corporate Casual Looks-Working women have interpreted this to mean everything from shorts to sundresses, but in its most literal sense it means "smart business." Dressy pants and a blouse, sleek jersey knits and skirts and tops are all examples of corporate casual. Denim, T-shirts and flip-flops are only acceptable in the most casual of work environments.
Casual Friday - Depending on the business, this can mean anything from corporate casual instead of formal looks or "Wear your company logo polo and jeans." If in doubt, ask a superior. One of the best clues to company dress codes is what your boss wears.

Colour plays a big part in professional image. Traditional career colours include red (aggressive), navy (trustworthy), gray (conservative) and black (chic). Most of these colours work well in pantsuits, skirts and shoes and mix back with softer feminine colours that are appropriate like ice blue, lilac, soft pink and ivory.

*information found on Women's Fashion

Fortunately at my office we don’t have a dress code, so we can play with corporate look as with casual look. Or also mix them… which is great, because in a way the sky can be the limit…. Well with some limits…. lol

I asked my friend T. to do me some shots but, forgive T., you don’t do photography so well as my personal photographer. Hmmm…. telling this... I guess tomorrow she wouldn’t do it… lol

black and white shoes - Pimkie (F/W 2008)
black fishnets - Calzedonia
black pencil skirt - H&M (F/W 2008)
hot pink shirt - Peniche (mainland) store (S/S 2009)
gray blazer - Acetato (S/S 2009)
handmade necklace - Alcobaça (mainland) store
wrist watch - gift from Hubby
cocktail ring - gift from Hubby
cocktail ring - gift from Hubby
red stone cocktail ring - Bijou Brigitte (S/S 2009)
sunglasses - mainland store
lipstick - Esté Lauder
perfume - Amor Amor from Cacharel

For those who can read Portuguese (or you can choose to translate) I encourage you to go see this beautiful post that was published by O Viajante.
Thank you my love for your beautiful and significant words! I LOVE YOU!!!!


  1. Now that outfit is SMOKIN'! I love the whole ensemble right down to the spectator pumps. Bravo, my Dear. You really pulled this one off. The pop of color from your blouse and the black and white neck ornament gives a daring sophistication to the look.

    Great choice and very good advice.

    Kudos and Kisses

  2. Combo pink and black are fabulous!!!
    Adorei seu look!
    Também fico feliz por ter o céu como limite e não precisar usar apenas tons pastéis e roupas formais!
    É impressão minha, ou você emagreceu?
    Cuide-se, menina!

  3. gorgeous outfit... love the combination

  4. Its great you don't have an office dress code. I love your necklace.

  5. Love your necklace! We are both lucky that where we work is not strict on office attire. That pop of color is pure personality in your outfit, pretty!

  6. i love this outfit!! you look FANTASTIC!!

  7. I am not a fan of business codes for how to dress. I once worked in a place where I had to cover up my tattoos and I didn't understand why. I think if you know how to present yourself then there shouldn't be a dress code.

  8. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! You look stunning. I love this sexy look on you!

  9. Your necklace, and your shirt love it too. You look great on it. Thanks for always inspiring me Mama Seeker.=D Take care.

    A Writers Den
    The Brown Mestizo

  10. You look lovely here. The first shot is completely corporate, and the second lets more personality in. Lovely post.

  11. Your friend T. did a pretty good job actually:) I love the photos and the color combination that you have used. Superb!:)
    it's nice not to have to worry about a dress code.
    Hope you are having a great day


  12. thanks for the advice, I didn't know.

    I looooove how you look, amazing :)

    Have a nice week

  13. ahhhhh the pink top is so lovely..

  14. i really love it without the jacket. that neckalce is amazing.the purfect touch!


  15. The color combination looks great on you. I'm glad that T was able to take the pictures. You look fabulous!

  16. U have a great taste, Honey. Grey and pink are fantastic!

    Have a great day!


  17. Hi there-that is a gorgeous outfit, so chic and vibrant and I love the tee and necklace so much!

  18. You are looking FABULOUS there!!!! Love the outfit, your figure is hot!!!

    Great advice - I'm going to start work in about a year, looking forward to it but definitely don't want to lose my personal style.

  19. Está absolutamente fantástica com este look! Gosto da combinação de cores. E o colar é realmente original! Muito giro! Beijo

  20. Beautiful!!! Good photo, but I think "hubby's" are sharper images!

  21. That necklace is divine, lady! What a great find.

    So glad you aren't saddled with a dress code. I'd hate to see your creativity stifled.

  22. You look so fantastic love! The palette is super HOT.
    Pink, black, and white... I love it.
    oooh, and that necklace!!


  23. Ficou linda! É impressão ou vc emagreceu??

  24. Such a classy outfit again! You look so beautiful in every outfit, dear.

  25. ice outfits ! I love your skirt !!!

  26. Ah she did a great job! You look lovely x

  27. Smoking outfit honey! you look every inch fabulous. the grey boyfriend jacket completely compliments the pink top and have i told you yet how much i love those two tone shoes! so unexpected but totally work with the outfit. you are such a style maker.
    your post proves one can look professional but still show their personal style!
    kudos to you darling.
    muah x

  28. What for great figure you have wearing this skirt and shirt !
    Fishnets are so sexy!

  29. I think you look very good in those picture. Your figure is just great and pink is a color that suits you so well.

  30. that outfit is HOT, love the pink/grey combination!

  31. oh this is so so so perfect! you look so beautiful! i love those shoes and the pop of pink! oh you look lovely this is great! its so much like a pin up from the 50s or something! its just cute and fun and ladylike but kinda really flirty too!

  32. the right image sets the tone right away. btw, you look super.

  33. u look adorable, yoga is def workin wonders :o]

  34. You look smashing in pink!!! <3

  35. love the pink! i gave you an award on my blog!

  36. Seeker!

    Look at you so fancy! The most cool outfit for work! I presonally love the professional dress code...but I think the main challange is to have have "patience" to choose always in a rush the perfect look...

  37. The pink top with this wonderful handmade necklace is awesome! LOVE IT!!!

    Happy sunny day to you!

    Beautiful Blessings,

  38. Hola amiga puedes pasar por:
    a ver si te gusta.

  39. Love this look! Fab pencil skirt!


  40. you look AMAZING in pink. LOVE this outfit!!!!

  41. Cuanto me alegro que te guste, si te atreves puedes hacer la traducción y así se enteran los de habla inglesa.
    Eso si tienes tiempo y quieres .
    Un saludo amiga

  42. pink and black are always perfect together

  43. Hey Hon, sorry to hear you're having internet trouble. I know all too much about that.

    No need to apologize, my dear. I think I posted those two styles of Prada as much for their weirdness and unusual design.

    Happy you stopped by and I hope your internet recoups.

    Have a great evening, my sweet.

  44. ps
    hope you get your internet probs fixed soon!
    best of luck!

  45. I do hope you get your internet up and running soon. Miss YOU!!!!


  46. you look fantastic!!!!!!!!!!


  47. I absolutely love the hot pink, and that necklace looks so wonderful! Ooh how great to not have too strict a workwear policy, I suppose it makes it all the more fun with deciding on what to wear :)


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